Incontinence following a Stroke

 

Incontinence and StrokesFor a condition that few people talk about, incontinence is very common with over 3 million people in the UK have bladder or bowel control problems.

One area rarely talked about with incontinence is when the condition is brought on a by a stroke.

After a stroke, poor bladder or bowel control can be caused by muscle weakness, changed sensation or feeling, difficulty responding to the urge to go, difficulty dressing or undressing, changes in communication, eating and drinking habits or changes to vision.

As many continence issues can be prevented, treated, better managed or cured it's important to discuss continence issues post stroke with a healthcare professional, especially as left untreated, the incontinence may become worse or lead to other problems.

It's likely you will be asked to provide some history about your past bladder and bowel control and your present level of control. Your diet, fluid intake, exercise levels and mobility, along with any medications you are taking will also be looked at. You may be required to undergo some tests to investigate how your bladder is working such as a quick bladder scan, urine tests or keeping a urine diary.

From evaluating these, a specialist should be able to advise what is causing the incontinence and recommend an appropriate management/treatment programme to go alongside other rehabilition programmes.