I quite often get the urge to go to the toilet and when I get there
I find I no longer need to go. This mainly happens if I am going on
a journey or walking to work. I am also finding this starting to happen
at work when I am on a tea break with other colleagues I am having
to get up suddenly and rush to the loo, it is becoming embarrassing.
I thought it was IBS but I don't have any stomach pain, just what
i described previously. I find that in these situations if I take
deep breaths it helps a bit, but I want to know the reason this is
happening and what I can do to combat it. Please help, I have had
a colonoscopy in the past and I know that I have a healthy colon,
and IBS has been ruled out. This what is happening is a more recent
thing, which has been going on now for about 2 - 3 months, I have
just put up with it until now, there is a 3 weeks waiting list for
my doctor surgery. Please if you can shed some light on this it would
be appreciated. Shirley
Answer: Dear Shirley,
The urge to use the toilet may
be related to fecal incontinence. With fecal incontinence, stool leaking
is the problem, not just the need to use the toilet.
If the digestive tract has been
examined by a doctor and it's in good working order, the cause could
be associated to an emotional disturbance. If that's the case, psychological
treatment may be necessary to overcome the problem.