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Husband quite ill- doctors aren't helping

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  • Posted By: wearycaregiver
  • December 28, 2010
  • 10:48 PM

My husband is 60 years old and Diabetic with complications. For the past three years I have watched him shovel pills down his throat several times a day for his diabetes and also take the insulin shots. When he is unable to hold the syringe, I adminster the shot.

He has had Diabetes for over seven years now and yes, it is brought on by his weight and lifestyle choices of the past. But for three years now he has suffered from chronic explosive diarrhea and the doctors have hospitalized, tested and retested him to find out what is going on- to no avail. I think it is all the ***n meds he takes but the docs tell me, I am "crazy."

lately it has gotten so bad that he can't leave the house without having an "episode." I am urging him to go back to the doctor and he is telling me that he won't make it to the visit without an "episode." i intend on calling his doctor and going in myself to talk to him about this problem.

I just feel so helpless and I am tired of scrubbing the toilet, floor and walls every time I go into the bathroom. There is something major going on here- but how do you get over-booked doctors to stop for a minute and consider the man behind the disease?

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  • You say he has been treated for his diabetes for 7 years and has had explosive diarrhea for 3 years. Has he been on the same medications in the last 7 years? In the last 3 years? Talk to your husbands pharmacist (sometimes a hospital pharmacist can be more helpful) to see if any of the medications or combination of medications may be an issue, then if that is possible go with your husband to his doctor with that information. What tests/procedures have they done? I am assuming they have ruled out Crohn's disease, liver disease, gall bladder issues, irritable bowel syndrome, etc. Your husband should keep a food diary, keeping track of what he has been eating and when he had an episode (timing and foods can be important clues). There are so many potential food triggers and they are different for anyone (garlic can be a common one). Most importantly: There are doctors out there who can help find out what the root of the problem is. If you are not getting the answers you need, go find another specialist that will help you find the answer. There is hope. In the meantime, helping your husband to help himself to manage his condition is one thing he can do - adult diapers, having him participate in cleaning the washroom to the best of his ability (provide him some lysol disposible wipes, disposible gloves, a swiffer wetjet), etc. He is a big boy now and he can do this. Explain to him that you need the help and that it is putting a strain on your relationship with him. Best wishes.
    blueempress 28 Replies
    • December 29, 2010
    • 00:04 AM
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  • My mother-in-law had a similar problem. Her doctor checked her stools and found bacteria or a parasite. They put her on medication and she's been back to normal for a couple of years now.
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