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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.
Dr. Scott Beard
Urogynecology 25 years experience
Control: It can also happen spontaneously - unable to let gas pass without letting fecal material pass. There may be no sensation of stool in the rectal canal as well. Kegel exercises and buling agents like fiber can be a starting point for treatment.
Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
using fiber or laxatives to have one full complete BM each morning is often the best way to avoid stool soiling. Pelvic muscle exercise is often the only cure.
Mar 4, 2012

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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 32-year-old member asked:

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.
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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