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Dr. Scott Beard
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Incontinence (Definition)

Incontinence denotes involuntary leaks of body wastes from urethra or anus; that from urethra is urinary incontinence, which may be classified as stress, urge, mixed (stress + urge), total, & overflow urinary incontinence, signifying its timing & specifics; that from anus is fecal incontinence, which may be urge, stress, total, etc. Reflecting the ...Read more


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What products work best for fecal incontinence?

What products work best for fecal incontinence?

Full evaluation: Inestigation includes anal manometry and ultrasound prior to deciding on treatment ptions.

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What could cause fecal incontinence while jogging?

What could cause fecal incontinence while jogging?

Weak sphincter: Irritable bowel syndrome hemorrhoids strain on your system increased motility. Please discuss with doc.

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What is the definition or description of: Fecal incontinence?

Loosing feces: It means loosing feces without being able to control lt. There are many conditions that cause it. A thorough medical evaluation is needed to assess its cause.

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What to do if I'm in my early 20's and I have fecal incontinence. How do I fix it?

What to do if I'm in my early 20's and I have fecal incontinence. How do I fix it?

See a doctor: I would follow up with a urogynecologist or colorectal surgeon for a full evaluation. Fecal incontinence can occur because of damage to the sphincter muscle or from nerve disorder. In the meantime, try increasing fiber in diet or with supplements. Sometimes a more firm stool is easier to hold in. Look for Butterfly pad at Target or Walmart, pad made for fecal incont.

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Can flax seed cause fecal incontinence?

No: There is no evidence or even anecdotal reference to that. Fecal incontinence is a sign of potentially serious spinal, neurological or colorectal disease. Please consult your PCP urgently if you have this complaint.

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How come old people suffer fecal incontinence?

Depends: It can be caused by many different reasons from disorders of the nerves, damage to the pelvic support, digestive issues leading to soft stool/diarrhea.....Recommend follow up with a gastroenterologist or colorectal surgeon to evaluate cause and treatment.

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Can Valium (5mg/day) cause fecal incontinence?

Urinary incontinence: Has been described but I was unable to find reports of fecal incontinence with valium. Diarrhea or constipation are possible. Fecal incontinence can sometimes occur with severe diarrhea.

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How common is fecal incontinence in the elderly?

How common is fecal incontinence in the elderly?

Common: At least to some degree. Urinary incontinence is more common there is some promising research into slings for this type of incontinence just like with urine.

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Selecting diaper for fecal incontinence. Any recommendations?

Selecting diaper for fecal incontinence. Any recommendations?

Seek other options: There other options including sacral nerve stimulation in the treatment of fecal incontinence ask your primary care doctor for a referral to a colorectal surgeon that does interstim.

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Can there be some link between urinary and fecal incontinence?

Yes: Yes, many women with pelvic floor weaknesses may experience one or both incontinences. This is often related to stresses from childbirth. Treatment generally starts with exercises, but in cases of more refractory cases, other treatments may be required. Usually pelvic floor disorders are grouped together with urologists, gynecologists and colorectal surgeon consultants.

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Can you tell me how to avoid socially awkward situations arising from fecal incontinence?

First find the cause: First you have to see your doctor, to find the cause of your fecal incontinence, various remedies are available including muscle transfer spinster reconstruction surgical procedures. Also it is possible you can wear adult diapers, and prevent emitting fecal smell. Good luck.

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What dietary changes should one make to their diet if they are suffering from fecal incontinence?

What dietary changes should one make to their diet if they are suffering from fecal incontinence?

Formed for control: Adding sufficient fiber to ensure a formed stool, will help you control movements by creating a more predictable movement and help to maintain hygiene. 30 grams of fiber daily would be a goal to shoot for, presuming there is no history of impaction.

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Is there an effective treatment for fecal incontinence?

Depends on cause: There are many causes for fecal incontinence ranging from nerve injury due to diabetes or trauma from childbirth. The treatment depends on the cause. Generally you want to reduce or eliminate things that increase colon motility such as caffeine & add enough fiber to make your stools formed and firm since loose stools are harder to control. Pelvic floor training can make the muscles work better.

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I have fecal incontinence in adults, what treatments are possible?

Some are available: If you have diarrhea, immodium daily is a good choice but check with your doctor first. A newer surgical treatment is sacral nerve stimulation (interstim) but you will need an evaluation for your symptoms prior to any treatment.

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What are the causes of fecal incontinence?

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.

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What are the tests for fecal incontinence?

What are the tests for fecal incontinence?

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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Dr. Charles Cattano
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Colonoscopy (Definition)

Colonoscopy is the procedure of using a long flexible camera to visualize the entire colon from the inside with the option to take pictures, video, perform biopsies, remove polyps, etc. Generally people are sedated and do ...Read more


Dr. Scott Beard
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Stool Leaking (Incontinence) (Definition)

Fecal incontinence is a condition in which there is lack of bowel movement control. While it is normal in infants, fecal incontinence can be due to nervous system or gut problems such as severe constipation in adults. ...Read more