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What is bowel incontinence?
Bowel incontinence, also known as fecal incontinence, is when you are unable to control your bowel movements. It's a common problem amongst older adults and can range from a complete loss of control, to stool leaks that are irregular when passing gas. Although bowel incontinence is not usually a serious medical problem, it has the capacity to severely interfere with your day-to-day life. You don't have to suffer from this condition, contact a GI Alliance practice today to meet with a GI physician that will help create a treatment plan that will improve your life.
What are the symptoms of bowel incontinence?
There are some symptoms that are indications that bowel incontinence is present. The common symptoms of bowel or fecal incontinence include:
- Leakage of stool or gas that can’t be controlled
- Leaking stool when you are not using the toilet, such as when you cough or pass gas
- The urgency to have a bowel movement
- Decreased awareness of the need to have a bowel movement or pass gas
If you believe you are experiencing bowel incontinence and need assistance with this issue, schedule an appointment with a GI specialist at GI Alliance so that they can craft a treatment plan that will provide relief.
How is bowel incontinence treated?
Bowel incontinence is a condition that may be able to be treated once a cause is pinpointed and reliable treatment is established. The treatment recommendations may vary, however, more than one treatment may be necessary to control the symptoms. Non-surgical treatment for this condition can often revolve around your diet. Some steps to take to help include:
- Avoiding caffeine, as this may help to prevent diarrhea
- Drinking several glasses of water each day to prevent constipation
- Eating upwards of 20 to 30 grams of fiber each day (can make stool bulky and easier to control)
During a consultation, our team can discuss your options for treatment.
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Going through life with bowel incontinence doesn't have to be your reality. Schedule an appointment with our gastrointestinal physicians at GI Alliance so that our team can provide the treatment you need to live your life without worry. We look forward to being able to help you get back to your normalcy.
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