kidneys often gradually stop producing urine as death
nears. As a result, your urine will become dark brown or dark red. Also, the amount of urine
produced by the kidneys decreases.
As your appetite decreases, your bowel habits may also change. The
stools, or feces, may become hard and difficult to pass (constipation) as your
fluid intake decreases and you become weaker.
The doctor or hospice worker should be informed if you do not have a
bowel movement at least every 3 days or your bowel movements are uncomfortable.
Medicines to soften the feces (stool softeners) or to speed the passage of
stool from the bowel (laxatives) may be recommended to prevent constipation. If
you are unable to pass stools, an
enema may be given to help cleanse the bowel.
As you become weaker, it is not uncommon to lose voluntary control of
your bladder and bowels. A
urinary catheter can be placed in your bladder as a
means of continually draining urine. Also, disposable pads and underwear can be
supplied by a hospice program or purchased at a pharmacy.
Primary Medical Reviewer
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Shelly R. Garone, MD - Palliative Medicine
July 12, 2010
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
July 12, 2010
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