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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

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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Sudden loss of bowel control?

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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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;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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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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Loss of muscle control in bowel ?

Loss of muscle control in bowel ?

Exam time: You need to have a good exam to determine why this is happening. Until then, it's good to keep track of your intake - food and fluids - amounts, types, time, duration. Note any other details like activity leve, stressors, etc. Tell the Dr all of this to help Dx. I hope it's not too serious and you get well soon. ...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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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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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. Tanya Russo
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Bowel Control (Definition)

Bowel control is the normal condition in which a person (other than a baby) can almost always decide when he wants to poop (have a bowel movement). Loss of bowel control can occur with spinal cord injuries, dementia, overall weakness, severe diarrhea, etc... Without bowel control, poop just comes ...Read more