If you experience accidental bowel leakage, don’t shy away from talking about it. It’s not the most pleasant of topics or experiences, but it is also much more common than you might think.
Fecal incontinence is the accidental passing of solid or liquid stool or mucus from the rectum. You might be unable to hold a bowel movement until you reach a toilet or might pass stool into your underwear without being aware of it.
Some of us fret about overeating during the holidays. People with serious digestive diseases wish they had that problem. For nearly two years a 47-year-old Alabama man named Kevin Decker couldn’t eat at all. Because he had no colon or small intestine, he developed short bowel syndrome, where the body cannot absorb enough nutrition because … Read More
If you have frequent abdominal pain, bloating, cramping diarrhea and/or constipation, you could worry that you have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) — such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease — or even cancer. However, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can cause these symptoms too. IBS usually strikes people under age 45 and affects twice as many … Read More
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It’s a common problem but can be hard to spot: constipation in babies or very young children. Lori Mahajan, MD, a pediatric gastroenterologist at Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital, says that up to 30 percent of children at some point in childhood will experience constipation. Symptoms of constipation can be hard to spot, but here’s what … Read More