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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@lacy2

…basically this man's fecal incontinence was not the IBS he had been told he had for years – even now doctors, some, paint every bowel issue with the IBS paint brush. The very first time he had accident in clothing, went to Dr who didnt even examine him properly and promptly told him he had ibs !!! And it gets worse. I could loan you the book mail it to you and you could mail it back? Or maybe library has it: Faecal (Fecal) Incontinence is it really IBS? by T.R.Lewis It is mainly for those with predominantly fecal incontinence, which I didnt have until after c.diff. J.

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Thank you, @lacy2 I appreciate your offer but I don't need the book. I was just curious if fecal incontinence can actually be IBS. I am quite certain that mine is not.

I was not cut when my son was born, I ripped. My son was large and back labor. The doctor who delivered him was an absolute jerk, and sometime after that was sued and may even have lost his license. He was covering for my doctor who was on vacation. He said he couldn't do a caesarian because I was overweight and there would be too much risk of infection! Then, when he was delivering my son he actually told my husband that he might have to jump up on me and crush the baby's shoulders because they were big shoulders for a baby and may not fit through!

Of course I switched doctors for my next child, I didn't want to risk him being the backup again for my doctor.
JK

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@contentandwell

Thank you, @lacy2 I appreciate your offer but I don't need the book. I was just curious if fecal incontinence can actually be IBS. I am quite certain that mine is not.

I was not cut when my son was born, I ripped. My son was large and back labor. The doctor who delivered him was an absolute jerk, and sometime after that was sued and may even have lost his license. He was covering for my doctor who was on vacation. He said he couldn't do a caesarian because I was overweight and there would be too much risk of infection! Then, when he was delivering my son he actually told my husband that he might have to jump up on me and crush the baby's shoulders because they were big shoulders for a baby and may not fit through!

Of course I switched doctors for my next child, I didn't want to risk him being the backup again for my doctor.
JK

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…oh as if birthing isnt enough pleasure/pain.. i am in Canada and we often hear that in USA people sue more than we do.. I have 3 reasons in our family to sue but didnt.. i hope someone somewhere stopped this doctor from doing this to anyone else. This is it, we can have the best dr but if on vacation,,,,,!!!!

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@lacy2

@Ingegerd… you are my age? in that photo you have as mentor? Yes the author is saying how many super duper specialists he went to in London UK and they didnt find the cause…. it's quite a story. Am having another bad day and glad I can at least "chat" on here, hope I am not sounding as useless as I am now, after raising children, working etc. I was just starting to feel better when had a lot of dental work done and it hasnt worked out and the numbing agent and i think hit some nerves in my face and it goes on and on and on… I know its same for many but sometimes piling one thing on top of the other, the pile falls down. Thanks for your reply… take care, J.

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@lacy2 – The photo doesn’t show all my wrinkles and worn out body parts! My kids “force” me to laugh a lot- makes one forget any ongoing ailment for a while!

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@contentandwell

@astaingegerdm I too had damage to my anal sphincter during childbirth, I ripped all the way through it. It has been suggested that is the cause of my problem. I went to a urogynecologist for my urinary incontinence and also brought up the fecal incontinence. It seems implausible that what happened so long ago would take this long to affect me but she and the special physical therapist I went to both thought that was the probable cause. Reading that you say yours is getting weaker makes me realize that may be why I haven't had a problem up until the last couple of years. Initially the problem presented itself because I was having diarrhea. It turned out that my immunosuppressants had triggered lactose intolerance. I am not having that problem anymore but when active/exercising sometimes small solid feces will leak out.

The urogynecologist I went to told me about a surgeon at a different hospital who has had great success repairing this problem. I am considering going to him after things loosen up a bit. I was very involved in water exercise but right now I am thinking I may not be able to do that anymore.
JK

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@contentandwell – Giving birth is definitely not for sissies! My doctor told me right away what problems I might have.

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@astaingegerdm

@contentandwell – Giving birth is definitely not for sissies! My doctor told me right away what problems I might have.

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@astaingegerdm Sounds like you had a much better doctor than the one who delivered my son. As soon as I realized he was in charge I groaned. If I was more of a self-advocate then I would have right then gotten a different doctor. The doctor also delivered the baby of a woman I know and the boy was permanently mentally and physically damaged severely. That was the lawsuit against him that I know about.
JK

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@contentandwell – I was lucky to have a caring OB. There are some that should find another specialty. When I was a resident in Peds, we had to be present at C sections and difficult births. Some OBs were lucky to have good nurses helping them out.

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@emyliander

Thank you, @astaingegerdm . Even though you had muscle damage, were you able to be helped by Urogynecologist. Have you tried PT ? I too wear a pad, I am not even aware when the incontinence happens, so until I go to the bathroom I’m unaware of it and worry about odors. Then theres the major cleanup with wet wipes that can’t be flushed even if they say they can. Apparently they still clog pipes. At night I wear adult disposable pants,
Thank you again for your input.

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@emyliander I have have bowel incontinance ever since I was diagnosed with MCTD. I have been to a gastroenterologist and a woman’s PT. All of their advice hasn’t helped a lot. I am totally unaware that is has happened so I wear a pad. Very embarrassing. I have done research on MCTD and found that leakage is common in scleroderma, which is part of MCTD. Thank you for sharing.

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I’ve had IBS-D for many years. By trying various remedies, I’ve hit upon what I think is the cause, though sometimes I have a blowout that dispels my theory. Anyway, milk and milk products seem to be to cause my diarrhea. But I continued to wander. What, besides lactose, does milk contain that could cause diarrhea? Thank you

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@catstx

I’ve had IBS-D for many years. By trying various remedies, I’ve hit upon what I think is the cause, though sometimes I have a blowout that dispels my theory. Anyway, milk and milk products seem to be to cause my diarrhea. But I continued to wander. What, besides lactose, does milk contain that could cause diarrhea? Thank you

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The milk protein itself can cause an allergic reaction that will cause diarrhea.
Have you been tested for celiac disease?

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@astaingegerdm

The milk protein itself can cause an allergic reaction that will cause diarrhea.
Have you been tested for celiac disease?

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No. But, this will lead me to. Many thanks. I just learned something

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