I recently started having trouble with (what I now know as) fecal incontinence. I would go to the bathroom only to discover that, well, I had already gone. It would be in between diarrhea and bullet. Not solid but not soft. The best part was not knowing how long it had been and in one case it had mostly dried already. I've had trouble with constipation for years (I'm 36) and I recently discovered that my doctor has had me on a highly constipating drug for years while listening to me talk about my constipation issues. <sigh> I was put on two different drugs to replace it but was allergic to both. (both swelled my face and ankles) Shortly after that was my first incident. I called my doctor to see if it could be the new drug and his nurse got back to me with "He said he doesn't know what to tell you". The nurse suggested I see a GI doc, which I did. She wanted me to have a colonoscopy and was thinking I have a rectal prolapse. I didn't like her or her office staff so I'm waiting on a recommendation of a doc from my insurance company before doing that. (all done without my GP even knowing I was seeing a GI doc). So, as of tonight I've had three attacks and I don't even want to leave my house, let alone go to work. I started taking Zinc around the same time and saw that diarrhea was a possible side effect. Maybe if you're constipated and take something with a diarrhea side effects you get fecal incontinence? I have no idea, just guessing. But I told the GI doc that I was taking it and she didn't mention it as a possibility.
Does anyone have any thoughts??? I really have no idea what I can do besides wait to see another GI doc.
Please be nice, the replies to my questions haven't always been and this is a really really hard thing for me to talk about on the internet to people I don't know. If you think I'm an idiot for not wanting to continue with the GI doc because I didn't like her or whatever reason, please spare me for this post and keep it to yourself. I would really appreciate it. I'm doing this without my doctor because he has no advice or suggestions ("I don't know what to tell you"), otherwise believe me I would ask. I'm blind and fairly terrified and google didn't help much.
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on March 17, 2014
at 05:34 PM
Go see different Doc if you don't like the one you got. You may consider trying some Digestive Enzymes along with Betaine HCL/ Pepsin "they sure help me " and good quality Probiotic .
on March 17, 2014
at 03:30 PM
I agree with Matt that you should see a different doctor. But in addition you need to analyze what you are eating. Many have solved some of your issues with dietary changes. Also when a doctor gives you medicine you have no excuses with regards to researching the drug online and figuring out what the drug does and its interactions with your other meds, vitamins & foods. Ultimately you are in charge of what goes in your body.
on March 17, 2014
at 01:20 PM
I know you said not to mention it… but go to your doctor, then another doctor, then a specialist. If you don't like one, go see another, but this is too important to simply ignore modern medical advice. What you describe is a medical issue, it is not a paleo issue. We are not doctors and cannot give you medical advice. Who knows what the problem is… but people sometimes ignore symptoms too long and the underlying problem becomes even more of an issue to the point of being untreatable. Regarding drugs and side effects, have to you talked to your pharmacist? They know their shit about drugs, interactions, side effects, etc better than doctors do.