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Bowel Leakage / Incomplete Evacuation

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After I have a bowel movement, I have 1 of 2 problems:

1. I can wipe and wipe and it never gets clean.
2. If it does, then once I get up and move around, fecal matter moves down and irritates the rectal area and many times leaves marks in my underwear.

The feces that comes out seems to be of normal hardness and shape, but then it turns into a much smaller diameter (about .5 – 1 inch diameter) and that part wont come out.

I have bowel movements usually every day.

What is the problem?
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replied January 20th, 2008
bowel evacuation
I have identical symptons

Has you managed to solve this problem

Keggieman
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replied August 4th, 2011
I had the same problem. I drink 6 oz. of prune juice a day 2-3 hours before bedtime. About a half hour to an hour later I have a bowel movement. Yes it's a loose one but it works. I have not had this problem since. I'm very happy with the results.
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replied January 21st, 2009
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I seriously suggest that both of you follow up with a GI specialist who can diagnose the problem. Abnormal stools can be the first sign of a more serious illness, or might simply be the result of undetected hemmorrhoids. But either way, you need diagnosis first.
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replied March 3rd, 2009
incomplete bowel evacuation
I also have this same exact problem.
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replied April 13th, 2009
incomplete bowel evacuation
I have the same issue. Any suggestions?
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replied June 27th, 2009
I have the very same problem, and most times when there is still bowel left that I could not evacuate, it's uncomfortable, too uncomfortable to walk around plus the problems of the remaining stool festering out casuing itch and dirty underwear, so almost every time I have a bowel movment, I use an enema bottle filled with warm water and that helps easily to push out remaining stool. But it's very un-pleasant to do, having to have toilet paper ready to wipe of the bottle stem and then clean up of the bottle, etc... Now don't be mistaken, I don't use an enema bottle prior to have a bowel movement, it's ALWAYS AFTER I've gone, when there is stool left that I simply cannot push out.
Anybody empathize or have advice? (please be nice)
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replied March 23rd, 2011
Incomplete bowel evacuation
Wow, how interesting! I have the same annoying problem and just yesterday I thought about going the enema route. However, I am afraid of becoming dependant on it. I'm only 49. Is this an age thing? I can wipe and wipe til the paper is clean, then half an hour later wipe again, without going, and there will be junk there. I can't even work out anymore cause I start itching like crazy from the "always there" poop. Sad
I'm thinking it is diet-related. So, with much sadness, I am cutting out a lot of sugar and dairy. I just started this yesterday. We'll see.....
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replied August 7th, 2011
Same problem here. Constant wiping and feeling of not being clean around the anus. I take fiber capsules every day, drink lots of liquid, and excersize often. But any activity after a bm aggravates that area with sweat and poo residue. It's sooo depressing! I've been to the doctor and everything. I'm a very hygenic person, wipe thoroughly, and wash my bum in the shower.
LittleSweetie, I'm going to try the same thing -- cutting a lot of sugar from my diet. *Sigh*, I'm a twenty-year-old girl, and this is so hard for me to bear!
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replied July 31st, 2010
colon leakage
Ok, so now I know I am not the only one. It is embarrassing to talk to anyone about it. I am 60 years old and have a colonoscopy every 2 years, because of colon cancer running in my family. So I know there are not any problems there. I have 3-4 soft bowl movements per day which is normal for me. Lately I wipe and wipe and finally think I have it all. I stand up and I end up with a small lump of feces on my underwear. I have been wearing a pad because I am afraid this is going to happen when I am out and about. Should I contact my doctor, or does someone know what the problem is?
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replied August 5th, 2010
bowel leakage
My doctor told me to start taking Metamucil and it has helped. No more embarrasing leakage.
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replied August 11th, 2011
I have a similar issue and use a very small volume (1-2 oz) tap water enema (using a GoToob or similar to hold the water) to get the last bit out and prevent straining. I hope I'm not doing myself an injury. I already eat a lot of fiber. GI and GYN have been no help offering other solutions.
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replied February 25th, 2012
Incomplete bowel evacuation
Update:

I have cut way back on drinking milk, which is difficult because I love milk, but it has helped tremendously. If I plan to drink milk I try to take a OTC lactose capsule and it seems to help. My problem has not disappeared entirely, probably because I eat cheese occasionally. I'm not to the point of giving up cheese to see if the "leaky poo" problem goes away entirely. I did the warm tap water enema (is this a rectal douche?) and the rest of my day was fabulous. I felt totally clean! It was awesome! But it's not something I want to do very often. I am thinking I may need more fiber in my diet. I bought the powdery kind that totally dissolves in liquid (which makes me doubt it could be effective..) that I will put in my coffee starting tomorrow. If I remember! Ugh, what a problem though. I thoroughly detest feeling less than squeaky clean! Oh, well, I try to keep it in perspective. Smile
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replied February 25th, 2012
Incomplete bowel evacuation
Update from March 2011:
I have cut way back on drinking milk, which is difficult because I love milk, but it has helped tremendously. If I plan to drink milk I try to take a OTC lactose capsule and it seems to help. My problem has not disappeared entirely, probably because I eat cheese occasionally. I'm not to the point of giving up cheese to see if the "leaky poo" problem goes away entirely. I did the warm tap water enema (is this a rectal douche?) and the rest of my day was fabulous. I felt totally clean! It was awesome! But it's not something I want to do very often. I am thinking I may need more fiber in my diet. I bought the powdery kind that totally dissolves in liquid (which makes me doubt it could be effective..) that I will put in my coffee starting tomorrow. If I remember! Ugh, what a problem though. I thoroughly detest feeling less than squeaky clean! Oh, well, I try to keep it in perspective. Smile
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replied March 3rd, 2012
traetment of stomach leakage after briatric surgery....please help
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