What are the causes of bowel incontinence?

Many. There are many causes of incontinence, or loss of control of bowel function. Neurologic injury, such as spinal trauma; neurologic disease such as ms; injury to the sphincer muscle by surgery or even childbirth can cause this as well.
Nerve or muscle prob. Liquid or solid? Can you tell it's happening or not? Sometimes caused by effects of pregnancy and/or birth trauma on nerves or muscles. Sometimes caused by nerve damage due to disc disease, injury, tumor, dementia, multiple sclerosis; sometimes caused by brain issues, seizure, stroke, increased pressure, or normal pressure bulging/hydrocephalus- usually causes urinary incontinence). See md.

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Does long term use of movicol cause dependency or bowel incontinence? Thanks in advance

Maybe... Laxatives should only be used routinely when directed by your physician. If you suffer from chronic constipation, your diet is probably to blame. Increase your intake of fruit and vegetable fiber as well as water. That said, polyethylene glycol is safe. Read more...
No dependency. Movicol is polyethylene glycol 3350(an osmotic laxative) and a small amount of additional electrolytes. Generally not considered to cause dependency or fecal incontinence. If you follow the advice for treating constipation at the following site you may correct your constipation naturally. > http://bit.ly/1uzOegm add dried apricots/prunes for natural laxative: they both contain sorbitol. Read more...
Neither. Movicol does not cause dependency. In a Dutch study in children, bowel incontinence episodes actually decreased after taking the equivalent drug (polyethylene glycol with electrolytes, the generic version of movicol) for 8 weeks. Read more...

Can bulges at l3-l5 weaken sphincter muscle and cause some degree of bowel incontinence?

Depends . Not bulges per say but if there is enough swelling to narrow and put pressure on the spinal canal you can have big problems and if you have bowel or bladder changer with back pain you should seek care immediately! Read more...
If significant, However, it that is what is causing it, you need evaluated in an er and likely with an MRI asap. It is an indicator of compression and malfunction of the nerves, which can become permanent. Read more...
Bulges and bowels. Not likely. Bulges are not likely to cause many symptoms. In fact, using study data, bulges are actually more normal than not. So bulges do not imply any symptoms. You would need severe pressure on the nerves with obvious spinal stenosis (which could be aggravated by bulges if you had congenital abnormalities). So relax. May be a fissure, or other bowel issue that a GI doc would solve. Read more...

I have l3-4 spinal stenosis and left para central herniation. Would pressure from herniation affect sphincter muscle and cause minor bowel incontinence?

Cauda equina syndrom. There is a condition called cauda equina syndrome in which very severe compression of the lumbar nerves can result in bowel/bladder incontinence - however this condition is rare. It sounds like you have already had an MRI based on the wording of your question, so the MRI will show whether or not you do have very severe compression of the lumbar nerves - talk to your physician about this. Read more...
L3-4 disk and bowels. Generally, spinal canal compromise of significant severity, called cauda equina syndrome, can cause bladder and bowel dysfunction, but usually overflow incontinence of bladder and constipation. Read more...
Lumbar Radicilopathy. Disc herniation has to cause severe compression of the nerve roots( cauda equina ) to result in bowel and bladder problems. Usually it will cause back or leg pain, . Read more...

Cn meningitis cause slurred speech, stiffness in leg n arm, bowel incontinence, poor recognition power all together? Hw long it takes to cure fully?

Meningitis. Yes, all of these can conceivably occur due to meningitis and secondary encephalitis. Cure will depend upon the cause of the meningitis and the therapy employed, the duration of illness before onset of treatment, the prior condition of the person infected, and other factors. Read more...

Is bowel incontinence common?

Not rare. Still a topic that people are afraid to talk even to docs about, so real #s are underestimated. Bowel control is complex and can be affected by consipation, diarrhea, any nerve damage to the lower rectum, pelvic muscle tone, diabetes, neuropathy, spinal stenosis, overall activity level, weight and diet can all play a role. Read more...
Fecal Incontinence. Fecal incontinence is estimated to occurs in some 5% of the population. The most common cause in the United States is the trauma of vaginal childbirth, particularly if a tear occurred or if a posterior midline episiotomy was performed. It is often not brought by patients and not asked about by doctors. It is treatable and manageable in most cases, with attention to diet, meals, a bowel journal. Read more...

How is bowel incontinence typically treated?

Dpends on Cause. Damage the the rectal sphincter in childbirth is a common cause of bowel incontinence. Trauma, diabetes, irritable bowel disease, and inflammatory bowel disease may also be contributing factors. If it's from childbirth, see your OB as a repair of the muscle can be successful if too much time has not passed. If not pregnancy related, see an internal medicine doctor or GI specialist. Read more...
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. Read more...