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Question: My husband is 78. Friday night he ran a slight fever. He was also quite tired and not interested in eating or drinking. That night he tried to get out of bed and had extreme difficulty standing and moving his legs. With the assistance of chairs and counter tops he was able to go about 15 feet and back. Within four hours he experienced the inability to control either bowels or urine. The bowels were extremely foul smelling. All of the above continued through Saturday and most of Sunday. Last night he took an Imodium and ate a cup of brown rice. This morning he is a bit better, drinking water and eating a small cup of peaches and a few crackers. He is still exceptionally weak. The loss of urine control continues.
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Answered by Dr. Prasad (9 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
would be wise to visit a doctor...

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

it is important to understand the level of consciousness / sensorium in this kind of clinical situation. Tiredness and weakness is associated with infection. Sometimes common infection would affect intestine as well as bladder functions resulting in incontinence. If he is not fully conscious, then he needs to be hospitalized immediately and attended.

Assuming he is fully conscious, I would wait for a day or two and see if bowel and bladder function normalizes. Should the problem persists, he can be taken to a doctor for further evaluation.

In the interim, I will encourage him to stay hydrated. Good diet and rest will also benefit him.

Hope this helps. Let me know if you need clarifications.

Regards
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Brief Answer: would be wise to visit a doctor... Detailed Answer: Hi, it is important to understand the level of consciousness / sensorium in this kind of clinical situation. Tiredness and weakness is associated with infection. Sometimes common infection would affect intestine as well as bladder functions resulting in incontinence. If he is not fully conscious, then he needs to be hospitalized immediately and attended. Assuming he is fully conscious, I would wait for a day or two and see if bowel and bladder function normalizes. Should the problem persists, he can be taken to a doctor for further evaluation. In the interim, I will encourage him to stay hydrated. Good diet and rest will also benefit him. Hope this helps. Let me know if you need clarifications. Regards