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A 37-year-old male asked:

Please share an interesting fact about living with bowel incontinence.

58 doctor answers14 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kim Kuhar
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Ignore: Be sure to have a lot of fiber in diet. It can make stools more formed and decrease incontinence.
Dr. Keshab Paudel
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Ignore: Avoid medications that have an effect on sphincter muscles.
Dr. Terry Simpson
General Surgery 36 years experience
Ignore: Bowel incontinence can happen because of a lack of fiber in the diet.
Dr. Joe Littlejohn
Urology 27 years experience
Ignore: The same muscle group responsible for urinary continence is also responsible for fecal continence.
Dr. Natalie Sieb
Family Medicine 15 years experience
Ignore: Regular Kegel exercises may help strengthen pelvic floor muscles & get enough fiber and water daily.
Dr. James Lin
A Verified Doctoranswered
Urology 52 years experience
Ignore: Awareness and behavioral modification in diet and BM under Doc's guidance are the mainstay of care.
Dr. Matt Wachsman
Internal Medicine 37 years experience
Ignore: The shame and secrecy associated with it is one of the biggest barriers to fixing it.
Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Ignore: If you have bowel in continence go in for an eval. It is never normal.
Dr. Craig Smith
Urology 36 years experience
Ignore: Fecal incontinence is often caused by a nerve imbalance and an effective therapy is neuromodulation.
Dr. M. Hytham Beck
Surgery 44 years experience
Ignore: Most if them could be treated or managed.
Dr. M. Hytham Beck
Surgery 44 years experience
Ignore: Surgery sometimes could be helpful.
Dr. Nir Hus
Dr. Nir Husanswered
General Surgery 17 years experience
Ignore: This is a problem that can potentially be solved surgically. Or medically (less often).
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Fecal: Fecal Incontinence can be associated with diarrhea.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Fecal: Fecal Incontinence can be associated with constipation.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Fecal: Fecal Incontinence can be associated with Increased gas and abdominal bloating.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Rectal: Rectal Prolapse can be associated with BOWEL INCONTINENCE.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
A: A rectocele can be associated with BOWEL INCONTINENCE.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Rectal/: Rectal/ anal surgery complications could be associated with BOWEL INCONTINENCE.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Hemorrhoid: Hemorrhoid surgery complications could be associated with BOWEL INCONTINENCE.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
BOWEL: BOWEL INCONTINENCE can be a complication of radiation treatment.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
FECAL: FECAL INCONTINENCE = stool leakage from the rectum.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
FECAL: FECAL INCONTINENCE may occur when passing flatus.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Urgency: Urgency with diarrhea may lead to FECAL INCONTINENCE.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
FECAL: FECAL INCONTINENCE may occur with liquid or formed stool.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Inflammatory: Inflammatory bowel diseases may sometimes be associated with FECAL INCONTINENCE.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Nerve: Nerve damage associated with Multiple Sclerosis may sometimes cause FECAL INCONTINENCE.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
FECAL: FECAL INCONTINENCE may be a complication of Diabetes.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Injury: Injury with Child Birth may cause FECAL INCONTINENCE.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
SPINAL: SPINAL CORD INJURIES can sometimes be associated with FECAL INCONTINENCE.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Chronic,: Chronic, forceful straining when stooling may be associated with FECAL INCONTINENCE.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
A: A stroke may sometimes be associated with FECAL INCONTINENCE.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
FECAL: FECAL INCONTINENCE may be associated with nerve damage from chronic constipation.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
FECAL: FECAL INCONTINENCE may be associated with nerve/ muscle damage in the aged.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
FECAL: FECAL INCONTINENCE is seen more often in women than men.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
People: People with later stage dementia may lose bowel control.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Increased: Increased anal sphincter control can improve FECAL INCONTINENCE.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Anti-diarrheal: Anti-diarrheal medications may help reduce FECAL INCONTINENCE associated with DIARRHEA.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
SPHINCTEROPLASTY: SPHINCTEROPLASTY (repair of anal sphincter) may surgically correct FECAL INCONTINENCE.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
A: A SPHINCTER REPLACEMENT may surgically correct some forms of FECAL INCONTINENCE.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
HEMORRHOID: HEMORRHOID SURGERY may correct FECAL INCONTINENCE.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Surgical: Surgical treatment of rectal prolapse may correct FECAL INCONTINENCE.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Hydration,: Hydration, ^ fiber & ^ exercise may help correct FECAL INCONTINENCE associated w constipation.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Improved: Improved pelvic floor strength may improve FECAL INCONTINENCE.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
BOWEL: BOWEL TRAINING can be used to treat FECAL INCONTINENCE.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Sacral: Sacral nerve stimulation is not a first line treatment for FECAL INCONTINENCE.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
FECAL: FECAL INCONTINENCE is sometimes associated with Crohn’s Disease.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Long: Long –term laxative use may lead to FECAL INCONTINENCE.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Psychiatric: Psychiatric problems/stress may sometimes be associated with FECAL INCONTINENCE.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
About: About 10% of women over age 40 deal with FECAL INCONTINENCE.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Some: Some lactose intolerant people have FECAL INCONTINENCE issues after ingesting dairy foods.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Some: Some people experience exacerbation of FECAL INCONTINENCE after drinking alcohol.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Some: Some people experience exacerbation of FECAL INCONTINENCE after heavy caffeine use.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Some: Some people experience exacerbation of FECAL INCONTINENCE after eating spicy foods.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Some: Some people experience exacerbation of FECAL INCONTINENCE after fried / greasy foods.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Some: Some people experience exacerbation of FECAL INCONTINENCE after eating cure/smoked meats.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Some: Some people experience exacerbation of FECAL INCONTINENCE after use of artificial sweeteners.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Do: Do monitor to see if any foods increase your FECAL INCONTINENCE.
Dr. Michael Hulse
Gynecology 28 years experience
Most: Most patients who have bowel incontinence never discuss this with their doctor.

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