This can be quite a difficult decision to make; success of this operation depends on many factors.Therefore, a specialist will discuss the operation with you carefully before any decisions are made. Anything that makes the consistency of the faeces more runny, such as a heavy intake of beer, will make it more difficult for you to hold them in.Working out when and how the incontinence occurs can help to narrow down the causes.Therefore, before seeing the doctor, you may wish to keep a bowel diary for a week, listing when you are troubled by the leakage.Loperamide is a medication that prevents the bowel muscle squeezing too strongly, and makes the faeces more solid. It would not be advisable to take it all the time, but it is very useful for occasions where you might be particularly worried about leakage from the bowel.
There are many reasons why people become incontinent and very often the cause is a combination of factors.
It is an artificial mixture of fats, none of which can be digested or absorbed.
Instead, it goes straight along the gut and is passed out at the other end.
It is difficult to know how common bowel incontinence is, but various research studies suggest that about 10% of adults soil their underwear regularly ( Firstly, special thanks to everyone who has provided feedback about how to get on with your life when you have this problem. As one person wrote, ‘At the end of the day, it's a bodily reaction which is out of your control.
If you mess, just laugh it off, clean up, and get on with your day.
Rhubarb, figs, prunes and plums all contain a natural laxative, and excessive doses of vitamins and minerals (vitamin C, magnesium, calcium) can worsen leakage of faeces.