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  1. I have an issue that I was wondering if anyone else has or had and if anyone has any suggestions. My rheumatologist is putting in a referral to a gastroenterologist, and I'm going to see my family doctor next week to ask if she has any thoughts. Whenever I get the "urge" for a bowel movement, I often seem to have very little time to get myself to a bathroom. Either I will have to go right away, or I will have to pass gas, and I cannot physically hold onto it like I used to. So it can be embarrassing, because a sneeze or cough can send out a "toot". And the other day at work, I got an urge to go, and literally maybe half a minute afterwards, as I was starting to get myself towards the bathroom (which is on another floor), I passed gas, and noisily, too, because I was trying so hard to hold it in. I don't know if anyone heard, but if they didn't, one of these days, someone will. Anyone else have these issues? Is it the scleroderma? Or associated with the myositis? Or could it be something unrelated? (I guess there's always that chance, isn't there?)
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