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Do you suffer from bowel problems?

The bowel causes problems for most of us now and then, but we usually feel better after a couple of days. For some people, this is not the case. 

Some suffer from constipation all the time and spend hours in the bathroom. Some lack bowel control and need to face the embarrassment of leakage in public situations. Both causes mental stress, of course. 

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Constipation

Constipation symptoms include infrequent and irregular bowel movements, which results in hard, dry stools that are difficult to pass. When people face barriers with relieving the bowel, it can become more difficult to establish a predictable routine.

What Causes Constipation?

Constipation is attributed to a slowing in bowel transit due to interruption of nerve pathways compounded by disability-associated changes in mobility, fatigue, use of multiple medications and inadequate diet. Constipation is commonly associated with neurogenic bowel dysfunction, and is reported by around 50% of individuals living with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), Multiple Sclerosis (MS) or Parkinson's disease.*

* Emmanuel A. Spinal Cord 2010; 48(9), 664-73; 63(2):104-8; Cameron AP et al. J Urology. 2015; 194, 1336-41

Fecal Incontinence

The International Consultation on Incontinence defines fecal incontinence as “the involuntary loss of flatus, liquid or solid stool that is a social or hygienic problem.”

Fecal incontinence can be a deeply distressing disease, affecting nearly 10% of the general adult population. However, it is far more common among individuals with central neurological conditions like spina bifida or spinal cord injury.*

Due to the social stigma attached to having bowel issues, the quality of life for the affected individual can be dramatically decreased.** However, there is more to be concerned with than the possibility of social embarrassment; contamination from stool may lead to an increase in urinary tract infections and cause damage to skin either directly or due to wearing pads. 

* Emmanuel A. Spinal Cord 2010; 48(9), 664-73; Cameron AP et al. J Urology. 2015; 194, 1336-41
**Emmanuel A. Spinal Cord 2010; 48(9), 664-73

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