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How do you help your loved one that has taken every possible medication for every possible ailment and nothing is working? The medicine the doctor prescribes doesn't work. The OTC medicine doesn't work. Now I just leave and go to another room. I know it sounds cold but I am at my wits end.

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Hi, Thank you for your help....

@NancyH, She sees her "regular" doctor every 3 to 4 months and that dr does blood work. My MIL has diabetes which is managed by pills, heart disease and a thyroid problem. I don't know what all is tested but I do know the dr checks her cholesterol and blood sugar. I will request a full blood panel. She has an appointment in 2 weeks.

@JessieBelle I will check into the gynecologist. I am sure that she has not had that area check since ????. Also, she doesn't go to the dentist. She has dentures. I would venture to guess that the last time she saw a dentist was when she got her dentures at a dental school in North Carolina some 40 years ago.

Up until 5 years ago when I quit work to stay at home did I become her primary caregiver. I take her to doctor appointments, administer her medicine, and I make sure she eats right. She began falling 2 to 3 times a month and I got to noticing that the days that she would have a fall is when she was not taking her medicine. She is having short term memory loss which I told the doctor and she wasn't as concerned as I was. I am concerned with her developing Alzheimer's or dementia.
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georgia, it sounds like she needs to get to the right doctors. First of all, go to a gynecologist and see if she does have a yeast infection. Shop for a gynecologist that sees older women. Some of the ones that see only young women are not so good with older ones. If she has a yeast infection, the doctor will know how to best treat it. It may be that she doesn't have an infection at all. Sometimes vaginitis and UTIs can have the symptoms of yeast infections.

For the mouth sores -- see a doctor that works with the oral cavity. Call your mother's dentist to see if he handles this type of thing. It may be yeast in her mouth, but it could also be problems with her tooth roots. Unless you know what is going on, you won't be able to treat it. Does she have white plaques on her tongue or cheek? or sores alone? If you don't see the white coating, it is probably not yeast. It may be a dental problem.
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Has her doctor done a complete blood work up on her? Hopefully the doctor just isn't throwing medicine at her because she's old. My grandma had a pill pusher doctor like that. She would come in and tell him that her friend was taking some medication or other and that she wanted to try it, and he'd DO IT!! Oh my gosh, I know that some doctors look at old people and just give them some sort of pill and send them on their way. If she's been in pretty good health all this time, even tho she's old, I'd ask for at least a full blood panel to see what's going on. Seems fair to me.
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Yeast Infection, Burning, Mouth Sores, Coughing, Headache, Nausea, You name it she has it. She has took 2 rounds of prescription medicine for Yeast Infection and Burning. She the Orajel Mouth wash for mouth sores. She uses Chloreseptic for her mouth sores. She has taken everything just as prescribed. She is 94 years old. I have tried everything I know to help her. I am new to Caregiving. Up until 2011 she worked almost everyday at a living history museum and she maintained a small garden. Then in January of last year we found out she has been having mini strokes. This past September, she fell in her garden. She lives across the yard from us. I am married to her son. Since she fell, she stays the night with us and goes home during the day. I just don't know how to help her...
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What are the ailments and what has she tried? When your loved one tries a drug, how long does he/she take it before giving up? Are they taken at the prescribed dose? More information would help.
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What kind of 'ailments' are we talking about?
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