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Hungry but unable to eat. Suggest remedy

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My mother, born in 1930, states that she is hungry but unable to eat. When, in the past, I would take her from the nursing home to go out to eat, she would eat ravenously. Now she can only eat a little bit. She complains of want to to eat but of being unable to do so. She also complains of dizziness, usually without nausea; also of weakness. A nurse who visits her six days a week confirms that my mother is weaker. She does not take SSRIs due to the side effect of violence and horrible irritability. The chef in the facility is angry at me. Is it possible that my mother is being poisoned? additional info: cannot tolerate Erantz or Exelon. Anorexia-like symptoms as a little girl
Posted Sun, 10 Nov 2013 in Digestion and Bowels
Answered by Dr. Ketan Vagholkar 2 hours later
Brief Answer:
Dementia most likely cause

Detailed Answer:
Poor appetite or inability to take more may be attributable to the following
1. Advancing age with brain changes. (dementia)
2. Psychiatric drugs and their long term effects.
Regarding the possibility of being poisoned it would be best to hire an investigating agency to detect it.
However I feel that the symptoms which you have described go strongly in favor of dementia as the primary cause.
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But please tell me what remedy there is. How can I best address her problem?
Answered by Dr. Ketan Vagholkar 21 hours later
Brief Answer:
Hyperbaric oxygen may help.

Detailed Answer:
The best remedy I can suggest is
1. Cerebral vaso dilators to improve the cerebral circulation.
2. If available hyperbaric oxygen may help.
3. Glut amine supplements to improve bowel function including digestion.
I am sure these remedies will help significantly.
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