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Doctor insights on: Losing Bowel Control And Weight Loss In Elderly

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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

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Dr. William Singer
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Lose Weight (Definition)

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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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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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Losing Weight (Definition)

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


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