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Does fecal incontinence involve a strong urge to have a bowel movement? Or do you generally expel without warning?

Does fecal incontinence involve a strong urge to have a bowel movement? Or do you generally expel without warning?

Either: Fecal incontinence refers to loss of bowel control, which can mean involuntary loss of gas, liquid stool or solid stool. Some people with bowel incontinence experience fecal urgency or a strong, sudden urge to move their bowels & may not always make it to the toilet. Others cannot sense the urge and soil their undergarments with solid stool w/o awareness. ...Read more

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Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


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I am a healthy 19 yr old yet I've been experiencing frequent bowel movements, fecal incontinence, and blood on my tissue paper. What is this?

Please see GI: Your symptoms are concerning and would recommend a visit either with PCP or GI. Etiology could be infectious or some other process like autoimmune or neoplastic ...Read more

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Irritable bowel syndrome or fecal incontinence? I have constipation, a smell lingering, moist anus when i walk or sit, and anus feels loose when i sit

Irritable bowel syndrome or fecal incontinence? I have constipation, a smell lingering, moist anus when i walk or sit, and anus feels loose when i sit

Fecal leakage?: Occasional incontinence of stool with fecal leakage is common, but loss of bowel control particularly without warning may signal a significant infection, inflammatory problem, maldigestive concern, or neurologic disorder. Sometimes, particularly in youths, the condition is behavioral. Alternatively, your odor problem is skin-related or neurologically-based (olefactory mis-sense). What's doc say? ...Read more

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My grandpa 85 year has bowel incontinence specially stool. he takes a lot of sugar in a day. is this common in this age or there is any cure for this?

My grandpa 85 year has bowel incontinence specially stool. he takes a lot of sugar in a day. is this common in this age or there is any cure for this?

Here are some ...: Cure is impossible but doing something to help modify his current dysfunctions in various aspects of life is highly possible. To do so, collect & bring the info on onset, degree, duration, interval, evolution, progress, & resolution of his symptoms and their potentially related discomforts over time to doc for analysis + exam + tests so to deduce possible Dx for reasonable Rx, care, counseling... ...Read more

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What tests can be used to diagnose a incomplete bowel movement and fecal incontence. I have had a colonoscopy. What do I need to ask my doctor?

What tests can be used to diagnose a incomplete bowel movement and fecal incontence. I have had a colonoscopy. What do I need to ask my doctor?

Defecography, manome: There are specialized tests for these problems, usually supervised by a colorectal surgeon. A special x-ray takes images while you have a bowel movement and there are sensors that can test the muscle pressure in the rectum to see if there is a weakness (manometrics). ...Read more

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How does the body control a bowel movement so no incontinence?

How does the body control a bowel movement so no incontinence?

Avoid incontinence: The colon's primary function is absorption of water (mostly right colon) & storage of solid waste (mostly left colon). Continence of stool relies primarily on rectal tone & sensation. An inflammed colon or one that is too active may result in diarrhea, whereas a sluggish colon may contribute to constipation. Fecal incontinence reflects rectal/anal disturbance (see my earlier healthtap entries). ...Read more

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Stood up after bowel movement and urine flowed almost involuntarily, if not involuntarily. Does that mean I have urinary incontinence?

Stood up after bowel movement and urine flowed almost involuntarily, if not involuntarily. Does that mean I have urinary incontinence?

Urinary incontinence: is when you cannot hold your urine and it passes without you knowing it. It can happen intermittently or continuously. Sounds like you had a single episode. ...Read more

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How should I consult a doctor if a loved one has bowel incontinence?

How should I consult a doctor if a loved one has bowel incontinence?

To cope...: Show you genuine willingness to help and support... So, it's said: Life is a process of constant struggle to cope with reality, certainty, & uncertainty of daily living for survival, growth, & continuation. With these in mind, you will become more capable to learn and retain what you learn when, where, what, & how to timely help & support the loved one. And ask Doc for more specific guides... ...Read more

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I have hydrocephalus and suffering from bowel incontinence is ya poop supposed to be watery and mustard looking?

Are you sick?: Your stools may be loose because of the food you are eating, or the intestine has lost its ability to move normally... Your medications and your electrolytes may change. ...Read more

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


Dr. James Dukelow
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Urge Incontinence (Definition)

Urge incontinence occurs when you have a bladder contraction with little to no warning and are unable to control it or make it to the bathroom on time. This is in contrast to stress incontinence when you have a leak due to cough, sneeze, ...Read more