Bowel Incontinence in St. Louis, MO
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What is bowel incontinence?
Bowel incontinence, also referred to as fecal incontinence, is when you are not able to control your bowel movements. It's a common issue among senior adults and can range from a complete loss of control, to stool discharges that are intermittent when passing gas. Although bowel incontinence is not normally a major health issue, it can severely interfere with your daily life. You don't have to suffer from this problem. Reach out to a Specialists in Gastroenterology location in your community to partner with a gastroenterologist in St. Louis, MO who can help create a medical plan to give your life back.
What are the signs of bowel incontinence?
There are a couple of signs that hint that bowel incontinence is present. The most common signs of bowel or fecal incontinence include:
- Diminished recognition of the need to have a bowel movement or pass flatulence
- Leaking stool when you are not in the bathroom, such as when you cough or have gas
- The pressing need to have a bowel movement
- Leakage of stool or flatulence that can’t be regulated
Our Specialists in Gastroenterology providers are experiencing in diagnosing the cause of bowel incontinence. Partner with our team to take the first steps in obtaining optimal GI health.
How is bowel incontinence treated?
Fecal incontinence is a problem that is addressed once the cause of the incontinence is located and a treatment plan has been established. Treatment plans can differ, however, and more than one technique could be needed to manage the symptoms. Nonsurgical remedies for this condition can often involve your diet. Here are a few steps to try:
- Avoiding caffeine, as this could help to prevent diarrhea
- Consuming a couple of cups of water each day to inhibit constipation
- Eating around 20 to 30 grams of fiber each day (can make feces heavy and simpler to handle)
During your consultation at one of our St. Louis, MO locations, we can discuss all available treatment options to help manage your bowel incontinence.
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Struggling to navigate through daily life with bowel incontinence does not have to be your reality. Request a consultation with our gastrointestinal providers at your closest Specialists in Gastroenterology location so that our team can give you the treatment you seek to enjoy your lifestyle free of GI distress. We routinely treat bowel incontinence in St. Louis, MO patients and look forward to helping you get back to enjoying your life.
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