Here is my question to you: If we’re built the same (2 arms, 2 legs, 1 torso, etc..I’m talking generally), how come some people have encopresis and others do not?
What I have been wondering (and still do) is there are people like me that has suffered from Encopresis with the soiling underwear, constipation, enlarged colon, etc; and the other majority of people that have similiar experiences (constipation, the occasional use of a laxative to name a few) do not soil or have enco. Does that make sense in how I worded it?
I understand doctors advising to clear out the system and try and make the faecal matter soft enough to be able to be excreted without pain (and other recommendations), however as an encopresis survivor I feel (and this is my personal opinion) that we are treating the systems of enco, not the cause. When you have encopresis the stool is generally hard, so how come no matter how much water we drink we still have hard and painful stools? Other people can drink water and have normal soft stools, and yet when you suffer from enco this doesn’t work. Are doctors and specialists researching this particular scenario? (if they are I haven’t found any reseaech yet).
I have found a doctor in Australia that specialises in the “button” sugery for children with enco (to be honest I’m not sure myself how it works, and am grateful that I didn’t go through that surgery), and has had success with his patients. I wonder that if there is a surgery that can “treat” the condition, why can’t they work out from there what is actually causing it?
Neither of my parents (or anyone in my entire family history) has had encopresis, but I’m the only one that I’m aware of that has had it. No one else. A family history of constipation or a “spasdic colon” (where the muscles in the sphincter aren’t pushing the stool along as it regularly should is at a much slower rate) can contribute to encopresis, so why am I different?
There a small number of us that have currently (or had encopresis) compared to the majority of the population that live normal lives without soiling. I’m not sure what statistically the ratio is, but I’m sure you’re aware that there is a noticeable difference. Perhaps more research needs to be done to study children with a normal functioning bowel system and children with enco of the same age, and literally play “spot the difference”. What is it in them that works, that in us doesn’t?
If you have any thoughts you wish to share on this topic then feel free to comment them here. I hope I haven’t sounded going round in circles with this thought.
Tell me…..what do you think?