Hi…I would love if anyone could help me with this.
I am 66 years old and have recently discovered a problem…I am scared of leaving the house in case of an accident. I have been having faecal “leaks” without even feeling or knowing it. Sometimes I will only see it and feel it when I get home from a day out!! Do I have a serious nerve problem or disease?? I don’t understand how my body can just not realise it is happening. I have bought some pads from boots and even they are sometimes not absorbent enough for it. I have had stress incontinence on and off before but that is nothing compared to this!! Could someone provide advice please…thanks
Sorry to hear you’re experiencing this.
Do you find certain food hard to digest or do you experience constipation and abdominal pain frequently?
You say you used to have stress incontinence, did your Doctor provide you with a potential cause of this?
I can also assist you on choosing another product if you need guidance.
In the meantime, feel free to read our blog on passive incontinence,which describes faecal incontinence without an urge.
Apparently I have weak bladder muscles, that became worse after childbirth. I could deal with that as it was tiny leakage every now and then that has got better over time with pelvic floor exercises.
I drink a lot of coffee and I have had to cut this down as I have noticed it makes it worse. Tbh I don’t exactly eat healthy. but I noticed I can digest hardly anything that is a bit spicy but don’t want to give it up…I love going out for a chinese or curry every now and then.
I’m only willing to look at products if they aren’t massive and don’t make me look like I’m wearing a blow up nappy. thanks
I definitely recommend getting a scan at the Doctors and going for a rectal exam. This might sound unpleasant, however is definitely worth it. It sounds like you have some weakness in the rectal and anal sphincter muscles. As you mention it becomes worse with specific types of food, it is likely that you also have some irritation or IBS.
Don’t worry about this too much, as these problems can be treated. You’re definitely not alone in experiencing this!!
There are certainly products in the market in 2019 that are discreet and effective. How would you feel about wearing pull up pants? They feel like ordinary underwear and allow you to keep an active lifestyle.