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Fecal incontinence is the loss of normal control of your bowels. You may not be able to reach the toilet in time for a bowel movement. Or stool may leak from your anus.
This problem can be caused by constipation or diarrhea. Anxiety or other emotional stress can be a cause too. It can also result from nerve injury, muscle damage (especially from childbirth), lack of exercise, or poor diet.
What you eat can help you manage fecal incontinence. Which foods you eat or avoid may depend on why you have the problem.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Current as of: August 21, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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