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Episode 5 - Nottingham

Anal leakage

Brian dropped in to see Dr Christian with a rather pungent problem. Brian had been experiencing leaking from his anus for a number of years but Dr Christian can’t seem to find any obvious cause. He asks Brian to switch to a high fibre diet and to ensure that he wipes himself properly to see if this makes any difference.

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I am a coeliac & worry I'll get bowel cancer, I have started having anal leakage & sometimes there's is blood when I wipe, I am do embarrassed but have sleepless nights worrying so much! We go through so much toilet paper because no matter how many times I wipe there is still poo there :( Plus I've stopped exercising as it can get embarrassing Any help or advice would be very much appreciate it Thanks Jacqui





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It seems you have exactly the same problem as me, although I have a gluten intolerance. Ive also been told that our conditions can lead to bowel cancer. I have found how to get rid of these symptoms. I simply stopped all food products containing any gluten based ingredients. It took a week or so, but the problems began to subside. It took time for the injury inside the bowel to heal. Only then did other symptoms begin to clear up. All of this information was supplied by a Doctor whilst I was in France, it just turned out that this was his specialist subject! It maybe that gluten products are still getting into your diet? Even a harmless looking bottle of Ketchup has gluten in it. Hope you get sorted.

If you are leaking you might have hemorrhoids. They can cause leakage by opening up the rectum slightly and moisture will leak out and cause a rash. Maybe....





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I have a spinel cord injury, I have been experiencing anal leakage, not enough to wet my clothes, but enough for an embarrassing smell. Any suggestions would be appreciated.





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I've had a painful leaky bum for a few months now. I tried cutting back on my different parts of my diet and it turns out milk/dairy products had the biggest effect. So I seem to be lactose intolerant, which is a bummer and means boring food, but greek yogurt seems to help and reduce the impact. It did help for a while, but still leaky.





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I'm have this daily my bum itches and feels irritated then that when I feel the whit/yellow stuff dripping out it like weeing from your bum to scared and embarrassed to see a doctor F/23





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I think it might be jock itch or a rectal yeast infection. Try Desinex foot powder.

I had Colon cancer back in Dec. 2001. they removed about 2" of the colon. I am cancer free. Thank God. The last year I have anal leakage. wet light brown no blood. I am a 60 yr old male and I find this very difficult to cope with! Doctors tell me it is normal.I do not smoke,drinks on occasions and try to eat healthy 80% of the time. It has destroyed my sex life. Very frustrated. Any suggestions that would help me will be appreciated. Thank You





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ive had this problem since august 2012, ive been to the doctors numberous times, had 2 camera's, the doctor just gives me loads of laxitives. im a 32 year old female, its really distroyed my life, im pretty much housebound because of it, would love some help or advice !





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Don't let it ruin your life. I came across this site because I have been experiencing the same problem but haven't seen a doctor for it yet. It's something that only I know about. I am in a very successful relationship. My faience sees me naked all the time and it isn't noticeable. It won't seep through clothes (at least in my case) I just have to go to the bathroom and clean up a bit through out the day. Cheer up. I'm sure you have a lot going for you and it would be terrible if you let this little part of yourself decide who you are. It's something I've been living with for a while now but I would never let it destroy my confidence. Stay strong. You make the rules. Not your butt.

I have a problem which makes me feel dirty, I have a normal bowel movement and even though I clean myself thoroughly, washing and drying, the next time I need to spend a penny I find my bottom has leaked and smelly.





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I too had my gall bladder removed and this is such an embarrassing problem. Does anyone know of any good remedies? It really started after I began have anal sex.





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My husband only has one kidney so he needs to do an enema about twice a week. He recently told me that he suffers from anal leakage. I am wondering about prevention or home remedies for him. He is uncomfortable and embarrassed by this and I want to help him. Anything would be great!





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