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How should I prepare for an appointment to diagnose fecal incontinence?

You can begin to prepare for an appointment to diagnose fecal incontinence by learning about any restrictions you should follow prior to your appointment. For example, when you make your appointment, ask if there are dietary restrictions you need to follow in the days or hours leading up to your appointment.

Make a list of your symptoms, even those that do not seem to be related to your fecal incontinence. Include your history of illnesses past and present, and any recent life changes or stressful events that may have occurred. Your doctor will need to know what medications you may be taking, including vitamins and other supplements. Make a list of questions you may want to ask your doctor, and consider taking a friend or relative along to help you with your appointment.

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