My 89 yo father has COPD and his recent time in the hospital he became constipated with no bowel movements. They tried many things (suppositories, enemas, miralax and a myriad of home remedies) with still no success. A CT scan showed both stool and gases in his colon. A sigmoidoscomy relieved some of this but not much. We were told he isn't a candidate for a full colonoscomy without a lot of risk. He was sent home with hospice. He has gotten very weak and can't even sit up without help. My siblings and I will also care for him, but we are upset that the lack of a bowel movement will probably mean his demise. Do you have any suggestions??? Before this he was able to walk (he had just started using a walker), eat, etc. Is this part of the end stages of COPD?
Thank you for any help.
Hospice nurse brought in gas-x tablets. After his second one he started passing gas. The following day a lot of gas, and he had his first real bowel movement in over 2 weeks. We're still not completely out of the woods, but it's a start. Who would have thought an OTC med would have solved the problem?
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