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what are the causes of fecal incontinence?

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Dr. Scott Beard
Urogynecology 25 years experience
Disrupted or weak: Anal sphincter but also diarrhea or ibs unfortunately people wait until the muscle gets to far gone to do much with. Sphincter repair, biofeedback and neuroma dilation r therapies now, but slings are in govt trials right now.
Dr. Michael Hulse
Gynecology 27 years experience
Muscle weakness: Fecal incontinence can be caused by muscle weakness, nerve damage or interruption of the anal sphincter muscles. Medical problems like diarrhea or ibs may also aggravate symptoms. Early treatment is important and usually includes avoiding dietary triggers, pt and electrical stimulation.You need a complete evaluation to determine the best treatment for you.
Dr. Kevin O'neil
Urogynecology 28 years experience
Many causes: Fecal incontinence can be caused by stool moving too quickly through the colon such as with diarrhea. Or from an inability to "hold it " or from leakage of mucous/liquid stool. Treatments include dietary changes, medication, physical therapy, nerve stimulation and surgery. A urogynecologist, colorectal surgeon or gastroenterologist can perform an evaluation.
Dr. Betsy Greenleaf
Gynecology 23 years experience
Many: It can be related to damage to the sphincter muscle or pelvic support, neurologic ( nerve ) problems, gastrointestinal disorders, food sensitivities....... Recommend folllow up with gastroenterologist, colorectal surgeon, or urogynecologist

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A 44-year-old member asked:

How should I cope with my feelings about fecal incontinence?

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Dr. Joshua Katz
Colon and Rectal Surgery 28 years experience
Fecal Incontinence: Know you are not alone, and this problem is quite common and quite treatable. You need to see a colorectal surgeon and be evaluated. Start by eating regular meals, and keep a journal of meals and episodes of incontinence. Take precautions and with pads and garment changes. Study yourself and your habits and learn what foods you can and cannot handle.
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A 39-year-old member asked:

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

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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 52-year-old member asked:

What sort of disorder is fecal incontinence?

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Dr. Frederick Shieh
Specializes in Gastroenterology
Leakage: Fecal incontinence is when you have a bowel movement but can not make it to the bathroom on time. This can be caused by several things, including weakness of the muscles that control defecation, or nerve damage. A small amount is not uncommon in older folk.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What is fecal incontinence? Any treatment?

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Dr. Scott Beard
Urogynecology 25 years experience
Leakage of stool: Yes, depends on the problem. A weak anal sphincter is the main problem usually- birth trauma, anal sex, nerve issue. Diarrhea can cause as well. Fix diarrhea, work on spincter muscle, surgery, interstim.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What are the tests for fecal incontinence?

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Dr. Scott Beard
Urogynecology 25 years experience
Exam and history: Are the main things. Ultrasound can be done but the anal sphincter is quite palpable and other tests are not usually needed.

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