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Suggest Treatment For Fecal Incontinence

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Posted on Sun, 15 Oct 2017
Question: In the past month I have had two embarrassing and sad events. Both times I had anal leakage with NO warning. I was home but what if I was out in public? A while back on Big Bang theory they were discussing horrible anal leakage and XXXXXXX said is there any good anal leakage?. Well no there isn't. !! What is wrong? No change in diet or meds for years. Days before a normal BM and like wise afterwards. XXXXXXX
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Answered by Dr. Ivo Ditah (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
This is fecal incontinence!

Detailed Answer:
Hi and thanks so much for this query.

I have reviewed this information fully. Certainly, fecal incontinence is never a comfortable experience. This happens when the anal sphincter fails adequately prevent the involuntary leakage of stool.

Causes include muscle damage, nerve damage, constipation, diarrhea, rectal prolapse, surgery, etc. This is more common in elderly women who have other disease conditions such as diabetes or have undergone surgery or difficulty delivery.

Initial steps would consist in taking precautions to avoid getting stool leaks. These measures can be of help.

Use the toilet right before you go out, wear a pad or a disposable undergarment.
Carry cleanup supplies and a change of clothing with you. Always identify where toilets are in case you need them and use pills to reduce smell of stool and gas.
Know where toilets are located before you need them so that you can get to them quickly.

Ultimately, book an appointment with your doctor for further evaluation and treatment. This will be important to establish the exact cause and propose specific measures to managing them.

I hope this guides and helps. I wish you well. Feel free to follow up with me for more details and clarifications if need be.
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Suggest Treatment For Fecal Incontinence

Brief Answer: This is fecal incontinence! Detailed Answer: Hi and thanks so much for this query. I have reviewed this information fully. Certainly, fecal incontinence is never a comfortable experience. This happens when the anal sphincter fails adequately prevent the involuntary leakage of stool. Causes include muscle damage, nerve damage, constipation, diarrhea, rectal prolapse, surgery, etc. This is more common in elderly women who have other disease conditions such as diabetes or have undergone surgery or difficulty delivery. Initial steps would consist in taking precautions to avoid getting stool leaks. These measures can be of help. Use the toilet right before you go out, wear a pad or a disposable undergarment. Carry cleanup supplies and a change of clothing with you. Always identify where toilets are in case you need them and use pills to reduce smell of stool and gas. Know where toilets are located before you need them so that you can get to them quickly. Ultimately, book an appointment with your doctor for further evaluation and treatment. This will be important to establish the exact cause and propose specific measures to managing them. I hope this guides and helps. I wish you well. Feel free to follow up with me for more details and clarifications if need be.