Are you locating public restrooms at all times to make note of the closest bathroom? Are you wearing pads or disposable underwear when you are in public in case you aren’t able to make it to the restroom in time? Do you find yourself avoiding social situations and eating in public due to the fear of bowel control problems? If any of the above describes you, then you may be suffering from a medical condition that is known as fecal urgency.
Fecal urgency is a problem that is extremely embarrassing for those who deal with it. The need to defecate immediately can result in bowel control problems, which can have an emotional effect on sufferers. Patients with fecal urgency are often afraid to go out and socialize due to their condition. Dr. Gandhi of Partners in Pelvic Health North Shore Urogynecology understands the concerns that his patients have and provides diagnostic testing and treatments to help these patients restore their quality of life.
For patients with mild cases of fecal urgency and accidental bowel leakage, there are over-the-counter products available to protect the clothing and give women more confidence. These products are used over the rectum and are easily removed and replaced as necessary throughout the day. Many patients find these protective products perfect for reducing the chance of ruining garments due to unexpected leakage.
Fecal urgency may be a symptom of a number of conditions, including:
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Fecal incontinence
- Crohn’s disease
- Carcinoid syndrome
- Rectal tumors
- Rectal prolapse
Dr. Gandhi of Partners in Pelvic Health North Shore Urogynecology can perform a variety of tests to assist patients struggling with bowel control problems such as fecal urgency. Tests done to diagnose the condition causing fecal urgency include:
- Anal ultrasound
- Anal manometry
- Anal electromyography (EMG)
Once a proper diagnosis has been made, Dr. Gandhi can discuss with the patient the treatments available. Medications, therapies, and surgeries may be used to help patients with their fecal urgency, and one may be chosen based on the patient’s lifestyle and severity of their condition.
If you are a patient in the communities of Park City, Woodstock, or Lake Forest, Illinois, and are struggling with fecal incontinence and/or urgency, now is the time to make a phone call that can change your life for the better! Contact Dr. Gandhi of Partners in Pelvic Health North Shore Urogynecology today to schedule an appointment and discuss your concerns with a medical professional who is here to help!