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Incomplete bowel movement

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For months now I have had incomplete bowel movements. I have the urge to go, but when I do, there ALWAYS seems to be a bit left in rectum. I never feel as if I completely evacuate. I have tried laxatives, fiber, diet changes, no food, more food, everything I can think of. There is no pain, no blood, just a constant uncomfort. After a movement, I can wipe and wipe and never get clean. Once in a while, fecal matter sort of just leaks out. Please help me!

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replied November 17th, 2009
Digestive and Bowel Disorders Answer A7928
Hi, and thanks for your medical question on eHealth's Ask a Doctor forum.

The sense of incomplete evacuation of rectum is often associated with IBS or irritable bowel syndrome. Along with this you also seem to have a bit of fecal incontinence.

Pelvic floor dysfunction, damage to the anal sphincter muscles or nerves of the anal sphincter muscles or the rectum, diarrhea, constipation, and loss of storage capacity in the rectum are a few causes. Hence IBS should definitely be looked at.

It is difficult to comment beyond this on net. You should consult a gastroenterologist and assess the situation. Hope this helps. Take care!

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