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84 year old male, has diabetes II, complaining of severe

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84 year old male, has diabetes II, complaining of severe back pain and stomach pain. Has been suffering with watery diarrhea for the last 4-5 days. Refuses to go to hospital to be checked. Waiting to call doctor Monday morning. Question is, should we demand him to go to hospital now or wait. He hasn't ate today, just sipped some ice water, and broth. Tried walking around to see if the gas would pass, but he says it just makes his back hurt worse.
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 3 months ago.

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watery diarrhea for 4-5 days could make him very very dehydrated.

this can lead to inflammation of his kidneys and his kidneys not working well

is he urinating at all?

he could be severely constipated or have a bowel blockage or bowel infection like clostrium difficile infection.

has he been on antibiotics recently before the diarrhea? antibiotics can lead to clostridium difficile bowel infection and severe diarrhea and dehydration.

he runs the risks for severe dehydration, electrolyte imbalance, kidney infection, even organs shutting down if he doesn't go to the hospital for some blood work and IV fluids.

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