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My dad is wasting away :(

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  • Posted By: gina-r
  • May 13, 2008
  • 02:46 PM

Hi All,

I found this site in desperation and I hope someone can help. My dad is 67 years old , he was very fit - an avid gardener, good diet,non-smoker and has never really been unwell with anything.

Lately he has been very ill. He started with loss of appetite and nausea in January and this has got worse and worse. After about a month of nausea he started vomitting whenever he eats or drinks anything, initally he could eat small plain cakes or plain biscuits and could drink fizzy drinks but eventually nothing at all.

He began to be sensitive to food smells and even cooking in the house or other people eating would trigger his vomiting. During this time, his doctor suspected and ulcer and prescribed medication for this, he also had many different blood tests but all came back normal.

He has got worse and worse until eventually he cannot eat or drink anything and was so weak and dehydrated we had to take him to hospital.
He has been on a drip and they have sent him for pretty much every scan they can do in the gastrointestinal areas (berrium/CT scan/ultrasound and MRI) but still nothing is apparent to be causing the sickness.

He is so weak now and has lost over 3.5 stone, he is literally wasting away, he is pale and can't walk without help or a walker and he spends 90% of the time in bed sleeping due to lack of energy and strength.
Before this all happened he mentioned that he had a strange episode where he felt a headrush and very flushed in the head and face and a searing pain, then the pain passed and he was fine. The doctors sent him for a CT scanwhen they were investing the other problems but did not really take this too seriously. The results showed that he had a very minor stroke but they said that it would have been s minor that he would not have felt it.

He has also suffered from earaches for years and lately has had headaches and earaches constantly.

Nothing adds up and the doctors are puzzled. He has been in hospital for 2 weeks now and every day when I see him he looks worse.

I don't know what to do, I can see my dad wasting away before my very eyes and I don't know what to do to help him - he looks like he is dying :(

They have sent him for another MRI today but they are not expecting to see anything as nothing showed up on the CT scan other than the minor stroke.

Does anyone know what these symptoms might be? Please help or advise if you can.

Thank you.
Kind regards,
Gina

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