Re: Involuntary Bowel movement
Hi Ratman: I have IBS too and have had it for about seven years now. Mine is quite painful and I take Methadone for the pain I experience everyday.
About two years ago, I started having the same problems you describe. I would have what I called "accidents" in my pants. Once it happened at work and another time it was in a public place. Fortunately, both times were not a lot, but enough I had to get home and clean up. I finally ended up seeing my GI doctor and after a colonoscopy and a fecal sample he sent in for testing, it came back that I had Clostridium difficile. There are a couple antibiotics that can be used to clear up this bowel infection, but the one that is used the most is Vancomycin. I'm not sure about the UK, but here in the US, it's quite expensive. A two week regiman costs about $1,200 here. I was finally able to get rid of mine after four regimans of the medicine (which didn't work on it) by having a fecal transfer, with my wife being the donor. It isn't a pleasant experience to go through, but you might want to check with your doctor.
As far as the urination problem, I would say that is most likely age related, but you can't be sure. Again, maybe asking your doctor about it would be best.