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Last Post: Oct 17 2011 03:17 PMby: Patrick

Looking to Help
Looking to Help
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9/22/09

IBS and frequent bowel incontinence

Mar 30 2011 01:40 PM

I have what appears to be IBS. I have chronic diarrhea like every day a few times a day. I have had numerous GI tests done, including colonoscopy, showing nothing conclusive. I have frequent bowel leakage due to the diarrhea. Its like urge fecal incontinence. I get the urge to go, and I just can't make it. This happens a few times a week. Does this happen to anyone else with IBS?
EARL H
EARL H
Member since:
3/30/09

RE: IBS and frequent bowel incontinence

Mar 30 2011 02:29 PM

Hello Looking To Help,
I'm not a expert on IBS but as I'm known to say "Doctors Don't Know Everything".
Have you by chance taken a look into your food selection on the days of occurence? There might be a common trigger food and/or ingrediant that might be part of the problem.
In a non-related happening my own loose bowel occurence which doen't happen very often has a list of triggers ranging from Spicy foods to greasy ones and the favorite but send you running Fried Chicken Salad From Applebees.
If by a miracle you discover there is a food trigger that your occurences have in common then all is well. In the meantime I'll do some websearching to try and find a better guess for you.
All The Best ,
Earl H.
EARL H
EARL H
Member since:
3/30/09

RE: IBS and frequent bowel incontinence

Mar 30 2011 02:41 PM

Hello Again Looking To Help,
Below is a few paragraphs on Diarhea and IBS and a few causes 1 of them does have to do with trigger foods. I surely hope that you find help and at best a means of stopping or slowing your symtoms from the information here.
All The Best,
Earl H.

What causes diarrhea?
Diarrhea may be caused by a temporary problem, like an infection, or a chronic problem, like an intestinal disorder or disease such as IBS or Crohn's. A few of the more common causes of diarrhea are:

Bacterial infections. Several types of bacteria, consumed through contaminated food or water, can cause diarrhea. Common culprits include Campylobacter, Salmonella, Shigella, and Escherichia coli.

Viral infections. Many viruses cause diarrhea, including rotavirus, Norwalk virus, cytomegalovirus, herpes simplex virus, and viral hepatitis.

Food intolerances. Some people are unable to digest a component of food, such as lactose, the sugar found in milk. For IBS-diarrhea, food intolerances and irritants are a particularly common cause of symptoms, and the proper diet can dramatically help bowel function.

Parasites. Parasites can enter the body through food or water and settle in the digestive system. Parasites that cause diarrhea include Giardia lamblia, Entamoeba histolytica, and Cryptosporidium.

Reaction to medicines, such as antibiotics, blood pressure medications, and antacids containing magnesium.

Intestinal diseases, like inflammatory bowel diseases (Crohn's, ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis) or celiac disease.

Functional bowel disorders, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, in which the intestines do not work normally.

Some people develop diarrhea after stomach surgery or removal of the gallbladder. The reason may be a change in how quickly food moves through the digestive system after stomach surgery or an increase in bile in the colon that can occur after gallbladder surgery. A remedy for this type of diarrhea is the prescription drug Questran.

In many cases, the cause of diarrhea cannot be found. As long as diarrhea goes away on its own, an extensive search for the cause is not usually necessary.

People who visit foreign countries are at risk for traveler's diarrhea, which is caused by eating food or drinking water contaminated with bacteria, viruses, or, sometimes, parasites. Traveler's diarrhea is a particular problem for people visiting developing countries. Visitors to the United States, Canada, most European countries, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand do not face much risk for traveler's diarrhea.

What are the symptoms of diarrhea?
Diarrhea may be accompanied by cramping abdominal pain, bloating, nausea, or an urgent need to use the bathroom. Depending on the cause, a person may have a fever or bloody stools (though these are NOT typical for IBS).

Diarrhea can be either acute (short-term) or chronic (long-term). The acute form, which lasts less than 3 weeks, is usually related to a bacterial, viral, or parasitic infection. Chronic diarrhea lasts more than 3 weeks and is usually related to functional disorders like irritable bowel syndrome or diseases like celiac disease or inflammatory bowel disease
sick of being sick
sick of being sick
Member since:
3/31/09

RE: IBS and frequent bowel incontinence

Mar 30 2011 07:34 PM

It certainly could be IBS. It could also still be something like Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn's Diseases. Crohn' s in particular is notoriously easy to miss on tests.
dave82
dave82
Member since:
3/31/09

RE: IBS and frequent bowel incontinence

Apr 03 2011 05:37 PM

I know these symptoms well, i suggest looking at food, sometimes it helps
Looking to Help
Looking to Help
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9/22/09

RE: IBS and frequent bowel incontinence

Apr 05 2011 09:16 AM

I have had multiple tests ruling out chron's disease and ulcerative collitis. I have had a colonscopy, endoscopy, stool test, blood test, and CT scan of my abdominal region. So far, there is no logical explanation as to the cause of my frequent diarrhea with occasional bowel incontinence.
mikencali
mikencali
Member since:
3/31/09

RE: IBS and frequent bowel incontinence

Apr 11 2011 11:18 AM

Several years ago I was told I had IBS due to really bad bowel incontinence, I tried several types of medication, and then I changed my diet and it made all the difference in the world. I started taking a lot of protein and it seemed to help me a lot.
The doctors also said that IBS can be triggered by stress, and it seems that it does come back if I get very stressed out no matter how my diet is.
cbchesa
cbchesa
Member since:
1/8/11

RE: IBS and frequent bowel incontinence

May 04 2011 06:54 PM

I also have been dealing with ibs but mainly have issues with leakage instead of full loss of control of my bowel although i have had two times lost control recently and sever pain more so then normal which is making me wounder if my problem has gotten worse. try align it might help you can pick that up at any place that sells over the counter meds. I hope this helps you.
Gear Jammer
Gear Jammer
Member since:
5/5/11

RE: IBS and frequent bowel incontinence

May 04 2011 11:54 PM

Earl mentioned medications. I take Diovan for high BP and Omeprazole for acid reflux, both meds list diarrhea as a side effect.
gegjr
gegjr
Member since:
5/13/11

RE: IBS and frequent bowel incontinence

May 12 2011 11:25 PM

Yes, I have the same problem. Many times at night I have accidents. I have been seeing a gastroenterologist for a long time. I have had every test known to the western world done. Nothing has been found except that I am told my stomach does not completely empty. All my doctor does is tell me to use a fiber product several times a day and take anti-diarrheal medicines. It has not solved the problem.
justinian
justinian
Member since:
10/17/11

RE: IBS and frequent bowel incontinence

Oct 17 2011 08:34 AM

I soil a diaper with feces almost everyday. I have ibs and cramps so when I do soil a diaper out of the blue with no warning it is a relief from pain. I wish I was normal. I don't know why this happend to me. It just happen one day about a year ago and my bowels have never been the same. I go from constipation to loose uncontrolable stool. I prefer the loose uncontrolable stool to the pain of constipation. I am only 27 I have no idea what happen. I eat healthier than anybody I know, all organic and mostly veges and this does not help.
Patrick
Patrick
Member since:
8/26/09

RE: IBS and frequent bowel incontinence

Oct 17 2011 03:17 PM

justinian,
I too soil myself from time to time. It's the pits. You might consider Nullo or some other chlorophyllin preparation. This will not treat the leakage, but it will reduce the odor, giving you time to find a toilet and change. Good luck finding a cause and treating it successfully.

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