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I have a slight bowl incontenance problem. Can it be controlled naturally or with medication?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
6 doctors agree

In brief: Maybe

Depends on cause.
Can usually control formed stool better than liquid, so diet (fiber) to bulk up stool may help. Sometimes problem is due to muscle weakness in pelvis, or anus as a result of pregnancy/birth trauma. May be a candidate for pelvic floor rehab. Can at least try kegel exercises (try to "hold it in" 6 seconds at a time, 6 times in a row, several times a day). Meds help/ see your doc.

In brief: Maybe

Depends on cause.
Can usually control formed stool better than liquid, so diet (fiber) to bulk up stool may help. Sometimes problem is due to muscle weakness in pelvis, or anus as a result of pregnancy/birth trauma. May be a candidate for pelvic floor rehab. Can at least try kegel exercises (try to "hold it in" 6 seconds at a time, 6 times in a row, several times a day). Meds help/ see your doc.
Dr. Arthur Heller
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Dr. Charles Cattano
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Fecal incontinence

"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.

In brief: Fecal incontinence

"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.
Dr. Charles Cattano
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Dr. Jason Hemming
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Possible

Incontinence should not be considered a benign symptoms so review this with your doctor. If you are having simple anal leakage from decreased rectal tone, bulking agents such as fiber and anti-diarrhea agents such as immodium may help.

In brief: Possible

Incontinence should not be considered a benign symptoms so review this with your doctor. If you are having simple anal leakage from decreased rectal tone, bulking agents such as fiber and anti-diarrhea agents such as immodium may help.
Dr. Jason Hemming
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Dr. Jason Hemming
Immodium decreases colonic transit time and helps with loose stool / diarrhea. It helps in some people with incontinence if stool consistency a contributing factor
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