How I found a solution to my Functional Bowel Disorder symptoms
I woke up one morning…
It all started in 2015 when I woke up one morning and found my bed soaked. It was horrible and embarrassing because I share my bed with my husband. I was trying to cope with my symptoms by waking up early to change myself before my husband woke up, but it wasn't always successful. I was embarrassed. I couldn't tell anyone. I wouldn't go out much in fear of having an 'accident'. I wore pads, had spares in my bags and I even had spare clothes at one point. I eventually went to see my GP and was given many tips that didn't seem to work for me.
Seeking an answer to my functional bowel issues
I was later referred to St George's hospital to see a specialist who put me on stimulation treatment. This involved me attending a clinic every other week and having impulses sent to the nerves in my anus to try and strengthen the muscle around that area. This seemed to be working as I was having fewer accidents. But the treatment was only for a number of weeks and I was soon left in the same position I was in before I started the treatment. On a review with the consultant, she offered me TAI. At first, it all seemed confusing, but it was really easy to get the hang of. I can honestly say it has changed my life. I have a routine and I use TAI when I know I will be going out for long periods of time.
How Transanal Irrigation helps me lead the life I want
Transanal Irrigation clears me inside and it has even helped my irritable bowel condition. It has also helped to regulate my blood sugar levels (I am diabetic) which has really surprised me. I feel more confident when going out. There is no need to suffer in silence. Many people have incontinence issues and it shouldn't be something that is hidden and made to feel awful. TAI has kept my independence which above all is most important to me.
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