DEAR DOCTOR K: I'm in my late 50s, but I have fecal incontinence. What could be causing it?
DEAR READER: We begin having bowel movements soon after birth, and controlling the process soon thereafter. So it is a surprising and disturbing event when we cannot hold our stool long enough to reach the bathroom, or experience unexpected leakage of stool when we haven't felt any urge. You should know that there are many people with this problem.