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Why does a stroke patient or elderly person lose bowel control?

Why does a stroke patient or elderly person lose bowel control?

Disinhibition: There are various reasons: just as one can be paralyzed and unable to move the muscles of the arm or leg, they may be unable to maintain sphincter control due to muscular weakness. Or they may not be able to feel that they need to evacuate. Or there may be higher cortical disinhibition in which they do socially unacceptable things they would never do if they had their full mental capacity. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Can you tell me about what would cause loss of bowel control?

Can you tell me about what would cause loss of bowel control?

Depends: Loss of bowel control includes a lot of different patterns, from a little staining from a hemorrhoid to complete loss of bowel control due to sphincter trauma or nerve injury. A little staining now and then is common from prolapsing hemorrhoids or leaking through a small fistula. Major loss of control suggests trauma to the muscles (common after childbirth) or nerve dysfunction. ...Read more

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Could prostrate surgery ever cause loss of bowel control?

Could prostrate surgery ever cause loss of bowel control?

Unlikely: Prostate surgery will not cause bowel incontinence, look for other causes, speak to your doctor. ...Read more

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Experiencing loss of bowel control during orgasm. What can we do?

Experiencing loss of bowel control during orgasm. What can we do?

It happens...: During orgasm, the pelvic floor muscles contract and relax rapidly. This can override the normal level of tone that the anal sphincter usually maintains. It's usually not a problem. However, if there is some loose stool or a small piece of formed stool in the rectum, it may just come out. Try adding a daily insoluble fiber supplement to your diet, and try moving your bowel sbefore sex if possible. ...Read more

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Can prostrate surgery ever cause loss of bowel control?

Can prostrate surgery ever cause loss of bowel control?

No: Prostate surgery can affect the control on your urination but not the bowel. You are young and if you have issues with incontinence then you need an anorectal exam including assessment of your sphincter muscles. Any prior surgeries for hemorrhoids, fissures, and fistulas are important to know. You will need to see a colorectal surgeon for a complete workup and treatment accordingly. ...Read more

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;loss of bladder control' and 'loss of bowel control'?

Lost bowel & bladder: "minor incontinence" is partial soiling of occasional loss of loose or watery stool, while "major incontinence" is loss of control of stool of normal consistency. In minor incontinence, consider deficient internal sphicter tone due to trauma, rectal prolapse, prolapsing hemorrhoids, drug effects, fecal impaction. Consider neurologic deficit or widespread pelvic issue when concomitant loss of urine. ...Read more

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Can alcoholism cause loss of bowel control?

Can alcoholism cause loss of bowel control?

It depends...: Alcohol is a neurotoxin (poison for the nerves).
After chronic use it can affect the small nerves first causing neuropathy in the hands and feet and eventually in other organs. Someone who
is a heavy drinker who stops suddenly without being detoxed by a medical professional can have seizures during which there may be incontinence of urine and stool. It would be best that you consult an M.D. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Loss of bowel control?

What is the definition or description of: Loss of bowel control?

Lost bowel control: "minor incontinence" is partial soiling of occasional loss of loose or watery stool, while "major incontinence" is loss of control of stool of normal consistency. In minor incontinence, consider deficient internal sphicter tone due to trauma, rectal prolapse, prolapsing hemorrhoids, drug effects, fecal impaction (in elderly, neurologic disorders). Anal manometry testing with biofeedback may help. ...Read more

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Two times this summer I have had random loss of bowel control any ideas what would cause this?

Two times this summer I have had random loss of bowel control any ideas what would cause this?

Maybe diet.: Many folks with fecal continence issues can achieve significant improvement without surgery. Foods most likely to cause episodic incontinence or urgency are: milk/milk products (except yogurt), fruits/juices (except bananas), salads/leafy greens, caffeine/chocolate, artificial sweeteners. Cut back on these by half; add a psyllium fiber supplement daily. Drink water. For more help see your doctor. ...Read more

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Is arachnoiditis a disabling disease? Can I be diagnosed with out having loss of bowel control or urinary control?

Is arachnoiditis a disabling disease? Can I be diagnosed with out having loss of bowel control or urinary control?

Yes: Arachnoiditis is more associated with nerve pain down the legs and not so much any bowel or urine control issues. A spinal cord stimulator can be very helpful for arachnoiditis symptoms.

Cauda equina is an emergency situation with sudden loss of bladder and urine control as well as new weakness in the legs (in general). ...Read more

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Sudden loss of bowel control?

Lost bowel control: "minor incontinence" is partial soiling of occasional loss of loose or watery stool, while "major incontinence" is loss of control of stool of normal consistency. In minor incontinence, consider deficient internal sphicter tone due to trauma, rectal prolapse, prolapsing hemorrhoids, drug effects, fecal impaction (in elderly, neurologic disorders). Anal manometry testing with biofeedback may help. ...Read more

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Can bulging disc's from & including T12 to L4, cause loss of bladder & bowel control & also legs to go to sleep while on stool? Thanks!

Can bulging disc's from & including T12 to L4, cause loss of bladder & bowel control & also legs to go to sleep while on stool? Thanks!

Highly unlikely: 40% of people who are without any symptoms of back pain or anything else have BULGING discs up and down their spines when MRI's are taken of their backs. Could you imagine what sort of problems we'd have if bulging discs could really do all that? I didn't say impossible but I'd want more proof than an MRI to draw those conclusions. ...Read more

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Can you lose bowel control if take pain killers?

Bowel control: Not usually unless you have a seizure from overdosing. Constipation is usually the order of the day. ...Read more

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How come a stroke patient start to lose bowel control?

Nerves: If the stroke affected part of brain where the nerves control bowel movements and this will be affected. ...Read more

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Can it be possible to lose bowel control during a panic attack?

Can it be possible to lose bowel control during a panic attack?

Yes it is: When one is extremely frightened, one can have sudden diarrhea stools or lose control of bowel. In a sense your body gets rid of bowel contents so you can run or fight with less distraction. This response happens in other animals too. Witness horses who suddenly come upon a bear, etc. It can happen with soldiers on battlefields too. ...Read more

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Do people urinate or lose bowel control when under general anesthetic?

Do people urinate or lose bowel control when under general anesthetic?

Mainly no: Most people will not lose control of bladder or bowel during or after general anesthesia.
If someone did have poor control, also known as incontinence, then its possible that could happen during of after the surgery.
Many times a Foley (a catheter placed into the bladder) is performed to empty the bladder during the operation. ...Read more

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Does anxiety have a link to lack of bowel control for gas?

Possibly: The mind and gut share many chemical transmitters, often being nervous can cause diarrhea, or gas from swallowed air. Many other conditions can cause gas such as constipation, lactose intolerance, parasitic infections and celiac disease. You should get checked out by your doctor and see if they need to run any tests. ...Read more

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When a boy has bowel control, what does it mean?

Hope this answers it: The physiology of bowel control is complex, involving coordination of reflexive & voluntary muscle response, nerves of local & central origin including those that control sensory & motor function of colon, rectum, & anal canal. Loss of bowel control requires complex evaluation. Patient's age, medications, co-medical & neurologic problems, mental competency, exposures & risks, & diet all factor in. ...Read more

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Can too much heavy exercising affect your bowel control?

Can too much heavy exercising affect your bowel control?

Not usually: Assuming your talking of acceptable exercise regimen, it should have no impact on your bowel control. ...Read more

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Is it possible that too much heavy exercising affect bowel control.?

Is it possible that too much heavy exercising affect bowel control.?

Prob not: There really should be no negative affect between exercise and bowel control. Many body builders use high protein shakes/bars etc and these can cause loose bowels but still should not have any issue with control. Control issues may be with nerves or rectal muscle weakness. U should see medical doctor to discuss further. ...Read more

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Can anal sex lead to poor bowel control later in life?

Yes.: Anal sex certainly can affect your anal sphincter and eventually over time make the sphincter muscles incompetent and damaged. This could lead to incontinence over time. ...Read more

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Is it true anal sex leads to poor bowel control later in life?

It can: Anal trauma can damage nerves, muscles; can cause a lax sphincter, which can lead to poor bowel control, usually for gas and liquid stool, more than solid. ...Read more

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I have had a heavy mucus discharge from my rectum for about six years. Had delorme procedure done now have no bowel control and still heavy mucus?

I have had a heavy mucus discharge from my rectum for about six years. Had delorme procedure done now have no bowel control and still heavy mucus?

Recurrence: There is a high rate of recurrence after the delorme procedure, although it is a good way to avoid a major abdominal operation with less risk of complications. Discuss this with your colorectal surgeon, as you may benefit from other options if you have no major medical problems. Recurrences happen after "perineal" approaches like the delorme procedure more often than "transabdominal" approaches. ...Read more

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Have had heavy mucus discharge from rectum for 6 yrs. Had delorme procedure done in 2010 and now have no bowel control and still have heavy mucus?

Have had heavy mucus discharge from rectum for 6 yrs. Had delorme procedure done in 2010 and now have no bowel control and still have heavy mucus?

See your CR surgeon: Sorry to hear this. This is too complex to adequately discuss in this forum, so please make contact with your colorectal surgeon immediately and schedule a consultation. Recruit the help of your primary physician if necessary to make said appointment. Good luck. ...Read more

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Explain about bowel control problems.?

Explain about bowel control problems.?

Variable: I am not sure what your question means. Damage to the anal sphincter from something like episiotomy from childbirth can cause difficult to control bowel function and loose bowels or bowel leakage. The other condition can be constipation making bowel function decreased. Inflamed intestinal conditions can also cause diarrhea issues and bowel control problems. Hemorrhoids can also cause some issues.. ...Read more

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Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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