Bowel incontinence

Posted by emyliander @emyliander, Jun 11, 2019

I am 73 yr old femal with diagnosed Celiac, Microscopic Colitis and IBS. i don’t have diarrhea, BM’s are either soft formed or constipated small hard stool, but either way I can be incontenant of small amount of stool. I wear a pad in close knit underwear with legs, so nothing can escape. Any advice from people with same problem would be comforting and useful. I would like to know how you handled it on social occasions.
Thank you, Emyliander

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@maisy3

I don't know what you mean to add text to my reply. Please explain.

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Hi Maisy, Do you know what the underlying cause is of your bowel incontinence?

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@maisy3

I am desperate so I will try to get an appt. with family dr. I find they are not very helpful with most things so I just try to treat myself. With this bowel incontinence I must find something that will help me but not be harmful or interact with my meds that I take for psoriatic arthritis. I just turned 86 and am feeling it now.

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Hello @maisy3,

I read your post about bowel incontinence. When you see your doctor or talk with him/her you might consider asking for a referral to a pelvic floor therapist. They are very good at treating both urine and bowel incontinence.

Did your symptoms of incontinence begin after starting a new medication?

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@hopeful33250

Hello @maisy3,

I read your post about bowel incontinence. When you see your doctor or talk with him/her you might consider asking for a referral to a pelvic floor therapist. They are very good at treating both urine and bowel incontinence.

Did your symptoms of incontinence begin after starting a new medication?

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Thanks I will remember to ask about that

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@maisy3

I don't know what you mean to add text to my reply. Please explain.

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Hi @maisy3, who is your response directed at? Who asked you for more text?

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@amandaburnett

Hi @maisy3, who is your response directed at? Who asked you for more text?

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It just stated that in red. I don't get it. Doesn't make sense.

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@maisy3

I am desperate so I will try to get an appt. with family dr. I find they are not very helpful with most things so I just try to treat myself. With this bowel incontinence I must find something that will help me but not be harmful or interact with my meds that I take for psoriatic arthritis. I just turned 86 and am feeling it now.

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Hi @maisy3 As suggested, a pelvic floor specialist (urogynecologist) would probably be able to help you, or depending on some factors be able to direct you to a doctor who can. There is speciality physical therapy for both urinary incontinence and fecal incontinence.

Also, when I had some problems with getting a diagnosis from a family doctor I was advised by two other doctors that as you get older your PCP should be a doctor of internal medicine, they are generally better diagnosticians. Family doctors are great in the capacity of treating the whole family – children and parents – but as we age we need more specialized treatment. I did switch and am glad that I did.
JK

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@contentandwell

Hi @maisy3 As suggested, a pelvic floor specialist (urogynecologist) would probably be able to help you, or depending on some factors be able to direct you to a doctor who can. There is speciality physical therapy for both urinary incontinence and fecal incontinence.

Also, when I had some problems with getting a diagnosis from a family doctor I was advised by two other doctors that as you get older your PCP should be a doctor of internal medicine, they are generally better diagnosticians. Family doctors are great in the capacity of treating the whole family – children and parents – but as we age we need more specialized treatment. I did switch and am glad that I did.
JK

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Actually I see a nurse practitioner. I have never seen the MD although the primary care facility put me with him just so the insurance card would state that I have one. The Dr. I went to retired some time ago and I was seeing the physician's assistant who I really liked. Then she left. So many changes. The NPR I see now is pretty good so far. It seems they are using these nurses more and more these days. I see one at the arthritis center I go to every three months. The MD sees you once or twice then you have to do virtual visits or see the NPR. Since I have to get blood drawn regularly, obviously I need an in-person visit. Modern health care leaves a lot to be desired. I prefer the "good old days." Doctor visits were so uncomplicated back then. They would even make house calls. Imagine that!

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@maisy3

Actually I see a nurse practitioner. I have never seen the MD although the primary care facility put me with him just so the insurance card would state that I have one. The Dr. I went to retired some time ago and I was seeing the physician's assistant who I really liked. Then she left. So many changes. The NPR I see now is pretty good so far. It seems they are using these nurses more and more these days. I see one at the arthritis center I go to every three months. The MD sees you once or twice then you have to do virtual visits or see the NPR. Since I have to get blood drawn regularly, obviously I need an in-person visit. Modern health care leaves a lot to be desired. I prefer the "good old days." Doctor visits were so uncomplicated back then. They would even make house calls. Imagine that!

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@maisy3 I prefer the old days too. Now, virtually all of the doctors work for the hospitals and I find there is less connection. I had a condition where I was inpatient a number of times and my PCP never once came to the hospital, they leave that to the hospitalists. These days being a physician is like a 9-5 job with no overtime or having to work on off-hours as people in regular 9-5 jobs because off hours a different doctor handles things.
I know many people do see nurse practitioners and NPs can have their own practice (Physician assistants cannot) but I still insist on seeing the doctor most of the time.
JK

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