When my mother has to go to the toilet, she panics. She can't hold it, she has to go immediately or she, well ... she pees. It's not a disaster, but she often has to change plans to make sure she doesn't have to go to the toilet in the wild.
I tried to think of what it could possibly be, but I'm not experienced enough yet. Is it related to her muscles and does she need more potassium/magnesium? Is it related to her kidneys?
So I thought I'd ask you ...
asked byKorion (8938)
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on July 27, 2011
at 08:37 PM
Kegel excercises - http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/kegel-exercises/WO00119 performed several times a day will firm up the muscles needed to stop accidental peeing. They're also very good for womens sex lives (and their mates) although you may not want to think about that related to your mom. - Sorry
on July 26, 2011
at 02:24 PM
sorry, but going to ask a few questions more....
How old is she?
does she have IBS or colitis, diverticulitis?
Does this happen regulary or soratically?
Is there any abdominal swelling? pain before during after?
does she have any known food allergies?
I have alot of food allergies and unfortunately I can tell you when I start feeling pain in my back (mistaken for kidney issues), I also get a heaviness across my lower areas (lower intestines)...and it often means the worst!! I dont always get any girgling or warnings either.
Do any of these questions ring any bells for further investigation? I'd find a good gastro dr....you might have to make several appts. because they'll all call it IBS and want her on 'chill' pills as I call it. It doesnt address the real issue, which could be any of the items listed above.
if you can give me some more info I'll do my best to try and find clues, but I'd take her to a good gastro dr. who is willing to consider alternative ops before pegging her into a round hole diagnosis.
on July 27, 2011
at 07:50 PM
I'm surprised no one else has mentioned this but how many kids did she have? Sometimes the pelvic floor muscles get loose when one has a few kids, especially naturally and especially after the woman turns 40. I'm sure SAD and a sedentary lifestyle has a lot to do with lack of muscle recovery after childbirth but many women have this issue in their older years.
on July 26, 2011
at 08:56 PM
She could have chron??s disease. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crohn%27s_disease
My mother has it and before she changed her diet she would have uncontrollable bowel movements with cramping, blood and mucus. She started the Carbohydrate Specific Diet. It is very similar to paleo except they only focus on not eating any disaccharides. This is because the intestinal lining (enterocytes) are so damaged that it is missing the enzymes in the brush border that normally split disaccharides into monosaccharides so that they can be absorbed into the enterocytes and then into the blood stream. When these enzymes are missing the disaccharides don??t get split and absorbed and so the bacteria in the gut can eat them. This causes overgrowth of non beneficial bacteria which causes all kinds of other problems. The non beneficial bacteria will degrade the intestinal lining even more plus they release a bunch of toxins that can really mess you up, not only physically but also mentally.
She is completely cured. on her last check up she had no more sores in her colon or ileocecal valve (where the ileum (small intestine) joins the colon). She would have ended up with a colonectomy eventually, no doubt, if not for this diet. This diet requires you to be 100% strict to be successful. One tiny cheat and you get all the symptoms back with a vengeance, and then it takes a while to get rid of them again by faithfully following the diet. She does not have to take any drugs to keep her condition under control.
She should have a colonoscopy to see if she has Chron??s or some other digestive disease.