I suffer with MS. This has had such an upsetting impact on my life! I was first diagnosed three years ago when my vision deteriorated massively. I now suffer with bowel incontinence. As you can imagine, this is so embarrassing. I never go anywhere because i don’t drive and will definitely not get on a bus because im so scared i smell!! Couldn’t even imagine a taxi.. Im constantly paranoid! I’ve been wearing something called tena extra, the comfort ones i think. Its the ones that are used with the net type pants. I have to change very often as they are not absorbent enough for me. Does anything more absorbent exist? this is all new to me i really dont know what to use. Really hope someone on this page can point me in the right direction!! Thank you, much appreciated.
Sorry to hear you are struggling with this. Bowel incontinence, also known as faecal incontinence, affects up to 70% of people with MS, so you are definitely not alone in having this condition. There are much more absorbent products available in the market than the Tena Comfort Extra pads.
Belted products commonly called All In Ones are highly absorbent ideal for managing faecal incontinence. These are particularly ideal if you are less mobile. Belted All In One products are easy to put on and have the highest absorbency level. They have a velcro fastening, which secures around the waist and will make your product changing process much less stressful. The Tena Comfort Extra pads you are wearing have an absorbency level of only 1800mls, therefore an all in one with a much higher absorbency will make your life much easier. The iD Expert Belt Maxi product is designed especially for managing faecal incontinence and has an absorbency level of between 2900-3400mls. This product could put you at ease from your worries about unwanted odour, due to the inclusion of an odour control system. You would also not have to change products as often due to the high protection.
If you are very mobile and would rather have a product that feels like normal underwear, you can try wearing pull up pants alongside an incontinence pad. This option is more time consuming to put on and off, however, and is only recommended if you are active. If you choose this option, you need to choose a more absorbent pad specially designed for managing faecal incontinence. The Attends F6 Faecal incontinence pads are designed for effective protection and containment of faecal incontinence. The pads are designed with improved leakage protection and containment versus traditional rectangular pads. To keep this pad in place and provide support, you can wear the Attends Stretch Pants alongside these.
You will be able to find these products on the majority of online incontinence stores. In addition to buying a convenient product, it is important to talk to your GP or Doctor to see if there are any necessary lifestyle changes you can make to improve the condition. They may even recommend methods of surgery that are ideal for you.
Best of luck and feel free to ask any further questions!