This is called incontinence. It is quite normal for incontinence to be a source of concern after a stroke. For many people loss of toilet control is a very sensitive and personal issue and some people may feel like they have lost their dignity.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Does a stroke affect your bowels?
Stroke by itself does not cause constipation. But constipation often occurs after a stroke because you are not drinking enough liquids, are in bed most of the time, or are taking certain medicines as part of your treatment. If your constipation is severe, stool can become lodged (impacted) in the bowel.
How does a stroke affect urination?
After a stroke, nerves controlling the bladder can be damaged. Because nerves can no longer properly signal to the bladder, this can lead to frequent urination (urinary frequency), inability to hold in urine (urinary incontinence), sudden urge to urinate (urinary urgency) or inability to urinate (urinary retention).
How long does urinary incontinence last after stroke?
Thankfully, long-term incontinence is uncommon following a stroke and the latest research suggests that only about 15 percent of stroke patients will continue to experience incontinence issues one year after suffering a stroke.
What are the most common bathroom problems after a stroke?
Common problems are: Constipation. You may have trouble pooping, even when you feel like you need to. Your stools also may be dry and hard to pass. Bowel incontinence. This means you can’t control when you poop. You might leak, too. This issue is less common than bladder incontinence, though.
What happens to your body when you have a stroke?
These problems occur because the stroke has damaged the part of the brain that controls bowel function. Some patients have trouble passing stool. Others report bowel movements that were once like clockwork, now come few and far between. Still others report having lost control over bowel movements.
Can a stroke cause loss of bowel control?
Some can cause diarrhea or constipation which can cause loss of bowel control. Stool softeners, laxatives, or medicine to prevent diarrhea may be needed to treat the loss of bowel control. Always talk to your doctor before taking any of these.
Is it safe for stroke victims to take a shower?
By getting rid of dangers and scary transfers in a wet environment, the user eliminates any anxiety they may have had of a shower slip or fall and they are able to remain seated, roll in, and really enjoy their relaxing shower time. Their Shower Bay shower is one of the best parts of their day!