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You are right, horserider. There could be infections or problems with the intestinal lining if the diarrhea is chronic. Talking to the doctor is a very good idea. Sometimes older women are ashamed to admit they are having digestive problems, so caregivers have to be truthful for them.
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Oh, and just so you know, constipation can be fatal -- we've had a couple near-misses on this one w/senior who "knows her body better than the Drs" & keeps avoiding the laxatives prescribed. The hard stool blocks the bowel, liquid leaks around, so you have simultaneous diarrhea & constipation (oh, and the nurses in the ER just loooove these patients, as you can guess!). Good luck at figuring it out, & of course cleaning thoroughly to avoid the UTI's that can follow these episodes.
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When you say "lose control" you mean what -- sudden urgency/not able to get to bathroom in time? Diarrhea? Both? All the time? 1x week? at night?
I would talk to a Dr. if it is sudden. Meds, change in diet (or mild food poisoning) can all cause loose stool in folk of any age (as can impaction BTW), & at 91 one might not be able to sprint to the john as quickly.
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Unfortunately, yes, especially when they are taking laxatives. I don't even like to think about it.
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