Bowl Incontinence Question

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mjw82704
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   Posted 1/6/2008 6:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Has anyone experienced Bowl Incontinence where your bowl movement was mostly solid not loose. Gross question I know but I am curious if this is normal for UC'ers or might I have other problems besides the UC?
Left-sided colitis diagnosed at age 28 in 2001
Asacol 4 pills 3 times per day
Hydrocortisone Enema and Rowasa Enema rotating days for the next thirty days
Prenatal vitamins


jujub
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   Posted 1/6/2008 9:09 AM (GMT -7)   
I've had that during a flare, when I'd get only a nanosecond warning that I needed to go and couldn't even make it 30 feet to the bathroom in time. I always assumed it was because of the severe rectal inflammation. Your rectal meds should help with this.
Judy
 
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Intolerant to Asacol and rectal mesalamine preparations.
On Prednisone then Entocort 2001-2006 with only short periods off. 
Current meds are Colazal, Azathioprine Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri.
In remission since April, 2006. Remicade has been my wonder drug.
 


Old Hat
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   Posted 1/6/2008 10:48 AM (GMT -7)   
When was your last c-scope? (for indication of problems) If the present meds are getting at the UC inflammation you have more solid stools, but why incontinence? Could it be spasms pushing out the stool? Do you feel a strong push downward when it happens? Levsin (anti-spasmodic pill that dissolves under the tongue) helped me get over that in my early stage of treatment for severe left-sided flare. It really gave me blessed relief. In your case it sounds like you should discuss the problem with gastro to find out whether any additional med would be helpful/appropriate. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC; currently on 3 Colazal daily for maintenance of remission)

Scottishcammy
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   Posted 1/6/2008 11:13 AM (GMT -7)   
I was diagnosed in Nov this year and I still have no control over my bowels and D. My GI halved the Pentasa 3 weeks ago in case it was that, but no difference. I see him again on the 15th of this month so will be interesting to see what he suggests now.
Diagnosed Indeterminate Colitis 25/11/2007
1 x Solofalk Enema/day
40mg Prednisolone
35mg Prednisolone
30mg Prednisolone
20mg Prednisolone
25mg Prednisolone
20mg Prednisolone
4g Pentasa/day
 
2g Pentasa/day
15mg Prednisolone/day
Omeprazole 20mg/day
2 x Calcium Adcal D3/day
 
 
 


pb4
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   Posted 1/6/2008 11:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Well even with having crohns-colitis (CD affecting the colon) I've had accidents with firm stools, they don't only happen with having D, it has to do with loss of total bowel control, not being able to hold back stool in any form, solid or loose...unfortunately it seems to be the nature of the beast...I do kegal exercises now and (knocking on wood) havn't had an accident in a long time (of course the natural products I take help too) but still, when I feel "it" comming I know I only have moments to get to a toilet or it's out of me...and it really is depressing...especially since I do have formed stools.

:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)


Old Hat
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   Posted 1/6/2008 12:37 PM (GMT -7)   
pb4-- did that mistaken surgery on your Crohn's skin tags affect the anal canal? I think that area could be subject to nerve damage. / Old Hat

pb4
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   Posted 1/6/2008 1:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't know old hat...the skin tags are directly on the outside of my anus (like my anus is turned inside out kinda) and they banded them during that procedure when they thought it was hemheroides that I had, so I'm not exactly sure what the procedure entailed...but it wouldn't surprise me if your right about the nerve damage as a result...however I was already having issues with holding it in properly/normally when I felt an urge even before the mistaken surgery so it's always led me to believe that issue comes from it being the nature of the beast in the world of IBD.

It could be a combination of both though, I'm sure that stupid surgery did not help things...well I know it didn't, at least before when the skin tags would appear, they would completely disappear as well (shrinking back down to nothing) on their own, now since the surgery they have remained it a flare, always there, large and usually hard...and have never shrunk down, even a little, ever since that dreaded surgery.

:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)


CanMan
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   Posted 1/6/2008 6:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Urgency is my main problem with colitis. It has given me a lot of anxiety about going out. I usually have anywhere from 30 seconds to a couple minutes to get to a washroom although lately things are looking more positive. I hope things get better with you!

mbx5
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   Posted 1/6/2008 9:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I get it a lot - cant figure out if its in my head, or its the UC.  I get severe panic attacks, convulsion ssometimes because of the anxiety.  It is the worst thing about my UC so far.
33 yr old male. UC for 13 years. 40mg pred, 12mg Asacol, Fish oil pills, Garden of Life probiotics. Recent Endonasal brain surgery to remove non-cancerous hormone producing tumor on pituitary gland.


mjw82704
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   Posted 1/7/2008 3:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all for replying. Mine has gotten better I use my enema every night. My last C-Scope (that means colonoscopy right?) was this last year and that is when they came up with the left-sided colitis instead of proctitis. When I am having a problem with incontinence and the stool is formed I usually see a lot of mucus. I usually drink coffee in the morning to make myself have a bowl movement then eat very little during the day to keep it from happening when I am having issues. Right now I am at a point where I have a smoothy for breakfast and a regular lunch but there have been times where I just don't eat at all for fear of an accident. I asked about the form of the stool because I heard that if it was formed there my be other problems besides colitis so I was just curious to see what everyone on forum thought about it.
Left-sided colitis diagnosed at age 28 in 2001
Asacol 4 pills 3 times per day
Hydrocortisone Enema and Rowasa Enema rotating days for the next thirty days
Prenatal vitamins

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