Re: Fecal Incontinence
I have no personal experience with this, but know several elderly people who receive dialysis and this is a problem for all of them on occasion. I hear them speak of others they have met at their dialysis center and the problem is widespread. It is awful and depressing for them, to not have any control over this and it comes on so quickly, they don't have time to react.
If you think about this dialysis thing and what is actually happening in inside the bodies of those people with kidney failure, perhaps an answer can be found. By that I mean that dialysis not only deals with cleansing the blood of the wastes that the kidney can no longer do, but it also has to do with the balance of fluid in the body, which would include the intestinal tract. Take for instance laxatives, many of which work by putting a substance, be it a salt (epsom salts, sodium citrate, milk of magnesia, etc.) or insoluble fiber (Metamucil, etc.) into the digestive tract which attracts water into the intestine to make the fecal matter more liquid so it can move through and out of the body. Thinking along these same pathways, maybe incontinence happens because dialysis causes these large fluctuations in the amount of available body fluids that go into the digestive tract. One day, the body of a person taking dialysis is relatively "dry" and the fecal matter is dry and solid as well because fluid levels are relatively low. But then the fluid levels in the body rise and because the kidneys no longer work to keep them regulated, get dumped into the intestinal tract which makes the fecal matter get flooded with water and become diarhhea. Though, it would seem to me that with so many people with this problem, there would be some way, chemically or medically, that this could be taken care of.
I hope some answer to this problem is found. My own mother became a recluse because of urinary incontinence, so I can only imagine that a person who can't control their bowel movements must be tempted to just close the door and never come out in public again. Bless you as you try to find help for this.