We get it. Any trouble with our bowel movements can cause distress. Whether your bowel movements are painful, irregular, or perhaps most distressingly not in your control, it can really affect the quality of your life. This is made harder by the fact that speaking to other people about these issues can cause embarrassment, confusion, or cause one to panic about the source of these bowel movement troubles. To help, we’ve created this article to establish how to know if you have fecal incontinence, how to treat it, and how to make sure that this won’t happen again.
What is Fecal Incontinence?
Fecal Incontinence is a condition that makes one unable to control their bowel movements, causing stools to leak from the rectum without warning. Other symptoms include:
Fecal Incontinence is often caused by diarrhea or constipation but can be caused by nerve damage. The muscle or nerve damage can be also caused by aging or with giving birth. This can present itself as the occasional leaking prior to a bowel movement, to complete loss of bowel control.
How to Diagnose and Treat Fecal Incontinence?
If your Fecal Incontinence is chronic and severe, please consult a doctor as soon as you can. Your doctor will begin with a physical examination and then proceed with any of a number of tests that will help your doctor specifically ascertain the direct cause of your fecal incontinence.
These tests include:
Once your doctor evaluates the cause of your fecal incontinence, they may decide to prescribe medication including:
Some cases of fecal incontinence require surgical treatment, such as in cases of rectal prolapse, or sphincter damage caused by an accident or childbirth. Your surgeon may recommend:
In the case of muscle damage, your doctor may recommend you begining a program of diet and exercise. Programs like kegel exercises, biofeedback-based physical therapy, and pelvic floor routines can all help by strengthening your sphincter naturally.
Your doctor will often recommend higher forms of dietary fiber and more fruits and vegetables in your diet, in general, to help treat your constipation or diarrhea. Avoiding greasy and fatty foods as well as dairy and caffeine, are also strongly encouraged.
If you or a loved one suffers from fecal incontinence, there is no need to suffer any longer. See a doctor and find out how you receive relief from this condition.
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