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Why patient refuses to eat? How to make a patient eat?

By Anonymous September 25, 2017 - 6:01am
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My aunt is in her 60's and she has been in hospital for a while now. She has Constipation and stomach ache. She has been refusing to eat due the pain and now she barely swallow drinks. Her children tried to convince her to eat and we tried as well but we don't know what to do. Is there a way to make the patient want to eat? They talked to her doctors but doctors didn't really help much about it and they are just trying to find a solution for Constipation that she got, the doctors didn't really do much about her eating "Disorder" if I can call it that... She also sounds like she has given up and also in her personality she's a stubborn person, if she says yes then it's going to happen if she says no, then it's never going to happen... Any advices..? would really appreciate.

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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER.

I can appreciate the your concern for your aunt. I doubt she has an eating disorder but rather doesn't want to eat because of the constipation, pain and inability to swallow.

Her physician will determine if there is another method of feeding that may help. Inserting a feeding tube may be considered.


September 25, 2017 - 8:33am
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