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A 42-year-old member asked:

what are the symptoms of fecal incontinence?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Hugo Ribot
Obstetrics and Gynecology 35 years experience
Involuntary leakage: The symptoms are highly distressing to most patients. They can range from leakage on to the underwear of a small amount of liquid stool where a small stain is noted, to involuntary passage (with or without warning symptoms of rectal fullness or urgency) of larger amounts of liquid - or occasionally even solid - stool. This can require a complete change of clothing and severe social limitations.
Dr. Betsy Greenleaf
Gynecology 23 years experience
Fecal Incontinence: Fecal Incontinence is not being able to hold in stool. May happen with soft, or formed stool. May be small amounts or large amounts. May be associated with sudden urge to have a bowel movement or may be associated without any sensation. Recommend follow up with gastroenterologist. colorectal doctor, urogynecologist, or proctologist....
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 41 years experience
The symptoms of Fecal incontinence include:: Abdominal pain, Bedwetting, Behavior problems, Diarrhea, Painful bowel movements, Urinary urgency, Urinary incontinence, Fecal incontinence.

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A 20-year-old member asked:

Is incontinence a problem seen mostly in the elderly?

3 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Definitely not: Incontinence is increasingly common as we age, however many younger folks have urinary incontinence. The peak age for treatment worldwide is age 58. Most people have incontinence for 5-7 years before they seek treatment (it is not necessary to wait that long). People of all ages can have incontinence for a variety of reasons.
A 21-year-old member asked:

If a person has an indwelling catheter in place long term because of incontinence, is irrigation indicated and if so, with what?

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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Geriatrics 40 years experience
Not necessary: Irrigations are indicated only if you are treating a condition of the bladder like yeast in the bladder with anti fungal medications. Even though indwelling permanent catheters are a risk for infection is not common practice to irrigate.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What are some practical tips or recommendations for coping with fecal incontinence?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Carolyn Messere
Colon and Rectal Surgery 22 years experience
Firm it up: In early incontinence, making the stool firmer can decrease leakage. Increase fiber or even add imodium (loperamide). Avoid drinking with your meals, which can make stool looser. Be careful not to get too constipated, however. We do have a lot more options for incontinence, so consider seeing a colorectal surgeon for treatment options.
A 24-year-old member asked:

How should I dispose incontinence pads or colostomy bags?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Chad Morse
Hepatology 25 years experience
Human Waste: Be mindful of your trash collectors. You can dispose of them in regular trash, like you would a baby's diaper. I would recommend a strong plastic bag that is tied off. You may wish to have a covered trash bin in a closet or cabinet with a baby-lock, especially if you have dogs. Empty the can frequently to keep odors down. Wash your hands with soap and water for 30 seconds after handlin.
A 36-year-old member asked:

If I have a urine incontence problem, how often should I empty my bladder?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Scott Beard
Urogynecology 25 years experience
As required: But the more often you empty it likely you will result in smaller and smaller volumes. As your blotter volume diminishes the problem will likely increase.

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