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Posts for: May, 2019

May 28, 2019
Category: Gastroenterologist
Tags: Fecal Incontinence  

If you’re having trouble with your bowels, our digestive specialists in Lima, OH, can help.

We know this isn’t the most comfortable issue to discuss but it’s important that you don’t just ignore the current bowel issues you are having. There are many reasons why someone may be dealing with fecal incontinence and the goal of our Lima, OH, gastroenterologists is to give you the answers you need. Don’t be afraid to speak up about your health; we are used to dealing with and treating a wide range of bowel problems.

What does fecal incontinence mean?

If you are dealing with fecal incontinence this means that you may not be able to make it to the bathroom in time or that you may experience bowel leakage when passing gas.

What can increase someone’s risk for dealing with fecal incontinence?

While many people assume that this is a problem that only affects people as they get older, patients of all ages have been treated by our Lima, OH, digestive doctors for fecal incontinence. Problems and symptoms that could increase your chances of dealing with fecal incontinence include:

  • Nervous system injury or disease
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Rectal prolapse
  • Childbirth
  • Rectocele (when the front wall of the rectum presses on the vaginal wall)
  • Stress
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Pelvic floor disorders
  • Issues that affect the nerves of the digestive tract

As you can see, there is a wide range of issues that could impact or affect your digestive system, which can lead to fecal incontinence. Fortunately, many of these issues can easily be managed through lifestyle changes and medication.

How is bowel dysfunction managed?

How our gastroenterologists decide to treat your fecal incontinence will depend on the root cause. For example, if this is a symptom of a chronic health problem like diabetes or multiple sclerosis we will want to make sure that you are getting the proper medication you need to manage this condition, which in turn can improve bowel health. Common ways to manage your fecal incontinence include:

  • Exercises: this includes Kegel exercises, which can improve the pelvic floor muscles
  • Dietary changes: this includes options like increasing fiber intake daily and staying properly hydrated
  • Medications: this includes everything from simple OTC fiber supplements to medications to control diarrhea or to treat chronic conditions that affect your bowels
  • Electrical stimulation: this treatment can stimulate the nerves and improve muscle control
  • Surgery: in rare cases, surgery is necessary when the muscles or nerves of the digestive tract require repair

If you are dealing with changes in your bowel health or other symptoms that aren’t improving then it’s time to call Gastro-Intestinal Associates in Lima, OH, today to schedule an evaluation.