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I am a 93 yr old female and have no health issues other than my irregular heartbeat for the last two years. I am not overweight. Within the past year I have defecated three times while sleeping, wake immediately but the mess s already there. What would you suggest?

Doctor's Assistant: Do you have frequent headaches? Any issues with coordination or balance?

I very seldom if ever have a headache. I do have a real balance problem and use a walker.

Doctor's Assistant: Is the headache episodic or daily? And what about nausea?

Perhaps I didn't make myself clear. I can't remember the last time I had a headache.

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?

I am under the care of a cardiac specialist who has not been able to control the a-fib. I have arthritic pain which I think can be expected at my age. I have an optimistic outlook on life.

Submitted: 7 months ago.Category: Neurology
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Neurologist: Dr. Mo, Board Certified MD replied 7 months ago
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Hi, Dr. Mo here with JA. Please let me review the information and I'll reply shortly.

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Neurologist: Dr. Mo, Board Certified MD replied 7 months ago

Thank you for the information you provided.

Encopresis is the condition you are referring to and fortunately in your case it happens only rarely.

It's not a neuropathic or intestinal motility issue but a problem with stool building up in the colon.

Are you ever experiencing pain during defecation or constipation?

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