If you have never heard of Encopresis then consider yourself fortunate. Those who are familiar with it wish they had never heard of it. It’s a big, fancy word used to define the symptoms of constipation followed by urgent and unpredictable bowel movements or explosive diarrhea.
Needless to say, it is a very disruptive and embarrassing problem. However, if you have this problem then what you do not know is that it is almost always solvable. Encopresis is another way of saying that your bowels irritate you, so it essentially a more specific type of IBS. Like IBS, it is basically a meaningless diagnosis, it does not give you any more information about your problem then you already know.
However, there is good news, we have seen many patients who have been diagnosed with Encopresis and have found that it is usually preventable. It is caused by the same types of triggers, food allergies and bacterial imbalances, that cause most digestive problems.
In the case of Encopresis, however, there is usually more than one trigger. Therefore you end up with a combination of problems, such as both constipation and diarrhea. Of course these symptoms end up being very unpredictable.
Treating Encopresis is not magic, it is simple common sense, looking for the cause of the problem, and testing for triggers that most doctors do not consider.
If you are not familiar with how food allergies and bacterial imbalance cause digestive problems, or the testing required to diagnose and treat food allergies and bacterial imbalances, visit our website here. You can also check out my book “The Irritable Bowel Syndrome Solution.”
You do not need to settle for a diagnosis that does you no good when you can cure the problem. If you or someone you know has Encopresis then contact our office to schedule an appointment.
Article Courtesy: Dr. Stephen Wangen
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