After a stroke, a condition called incontinence may develop for some people. This happens when the muscles that help you control urine and stool are weakened, thus making it more likely to have an accident. Unconscious leaking is the most common but there are many different types of bladder and bowel control problems.
Incontinence will either be called urinary incontinence, referring to bladder control, or fecal incontinence, referring to bowel control. Urinary incontinence is more common than fecal incontinence among stroke survivors.
Can Incontinence be treated?
In many cases incontinence is overcome in a relatively short period after a stroke. This can happen as a natural part of the recovery process or as a result of treatment or therapy. Treatment options include:
Individualized strategies for overcoming incontinence can be determined by a healthcare professional conducting an evaluation. Early diagnosis and treatment are important to prevent possible complications such as urinary tract infections or skin breakdown.
Some people, particularly the elderly, live with chronic incontinence. In some cases, especially with fecal incontinence, modifying bowel habits, diet, and fluid intake can minimize the number of bowel movement accidents.
Bladder and bowel training can permanently improve incontinence and help manage chronic symptoms. Bladder and bowel training programs are usually customized to individual needs.
Exercises for Bladder and Bowel Control
The following are common training techniques and exercises for bladder and bowel retraining:
The following tips may help better manage your incontinence:
Talk to your healthcare professional about the best treatment solutions to treat your incontinence.
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