After you receive an initial diagnosis of fecal incontinence, you’ll probably have questions for your doctor. Review this list of common concerns before your appointment, or print it out to bring with you.

Questions About My Diagnosis

  • Are there other medical conditions causing fecal incontinence?
  • Can this condition be from other drugs that I am taking?
  • Is this a symptom of infection in my body?
  • Is this problem permanent or treatable?
  • Are there tests to confirm the diagnosis?

Questions About My Treatment

  • What type of treatment do you advise trying first? Why?
  • Do I need surgery, drugs or a combination?
  • What are the risks of the treatment?
  • What is the success rate of the treatment advised?
  • Are there nutritional supplements to help me?
  • Is there literature that I can read about this?

Questions About My Lifestyle and Family

  • What type of diet do you advise?
  • What foods should I avoid?
  • Can I still drink alcoholic beverages?
  • Are there exercises that I should do to decrease leakage?
  • Are there physical activities or exercises that make this worse?
  • Do the physical activities involved with my job make my problem worse?