I'm 43, female and am suffering from fecal incontinence. We're not talking about leaking here - each time it happens, the entire contents of my bowels escapes. It happened for the first time just after the birth of my first child (nearly 20 years ago). Then it didn't happen again until last year, although if I'm honest, I guess I've had quite a few episodes in the past few years of only just making it to the toilet in time, and maybe leaking a bit on the way there.
Then last year I was on holiday, and I suddenly got the urge to go. If there had been a toilet nearby, I'd have made it. But we couldn't find one, and after 10 minutes or so, it happened. Then nothing until this year, but now it's happening fairly regularly. It's happened twice at work now. Amazingly, I managed to hide it from people (first time, I just disappeared home and said I was sick. Second time, I said my period had started unexpectedly). Sooner or later it's going to happen somewhere where I just can't hide it from people, and it is getting to the point where I'm nervous about going anywhere.
I've made an appointment to see the doctor next week, but I'm wondering what kinds of questions they're going to ask, and what examinations they're likely to carry out. I'd be grateful for any comments or advice. Thanks.
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