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.
Bowel control problems aren’t as rare as you might think. Nearly 18 million U.S. adults have difficulty controlling their bowels, a condition called fecal incontinence. Yet many people with this condition don’t seek help because they’re too embarrassed or aren’t sure where to turn. Fecal incontinence is the accidental passing of solid or liquid stool or mucus from the rectum. You … Read More
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