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How to regain bladder control after stroke

Evidence exists that stroke carers can help stroke survivors regain bladder control after stroke. However, it seems that it is not in routine practice. Instead, Bladder leakage is managed with pads and catheters without treating the cause. Jo Booth, Professor of Rehabilitative Nursing at Glasgow Caledonian University.1 What stroke carers can do to help regain bladder control? Two methods to regain bladder control Train the bladder after stroke Do pelvic floor muscle exercises Who recommends those methods? In 2016, the Royal College of Physicians of their 2016 National Guidelines for Stroke2 recommend the above two methods to regain bladder control…

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What are stroke-associated bladder problems?

An earlier post explored how stroke can disrupt bladder control. This post looks into stroke-associated bladder problems. These problems could occur due to the direct damage to the brain areas that control the bladder and bladder gates. Table of contents Bladder problems due to disruption to the bladder control routes Urgency Urge incontinence Nocturia Increased daytime frequency Bladder problems due to inability to reach the washroom, a urinal or communicate on time Post-stroke bladder problems due to disruption to the brain’s bladder control routes Experts group stroke-associated bladder problems into two; Storage problems Voiding problems The storage problems include; Urgency,…

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How a stroke causes bladder problems

Stroke can result in either urinary incontinence or retention. It occurs as a result of the killing of neurons that are responsible in regulating the peeing.

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A buying guide for body-worn absorbent products

Choosing suitable body-worn absorbent products is not an easy endeavor for stroke carers because the information available on websites of different brands is overwhelming. Most of the time, it becomes a trial and error business and you are more likely to spend unnecessarily. Although adult body-worn absorbent product use has become widespread around the world, surprisingly, according to the experts, very little research exists. This became evident when an expert group carried out an extensive review of the published research in 2018. You can read this through this link. This is a very comprehensive report that also includes expert consensus…

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Measuring urine leak helps regain bladder control

Stroke can rob bladder control resulting in urine leak. Evidence-based methods exist to regain bladder control. However, urine leaks can occur while attempting those methods to monitor success as well as choosing the correct absorbent products to contain such urine leaks. How important is measuring the amount of urine leaked? First, it is the first step of your buying guide for body-worn absorbent products. (You can find a simple buying guide in another post). This metric is critical because the absorption capacity varies with the product type. Second, you can use this information in the form of a monitoring chart…

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More research on stroke patients’ bladder control needed

Bladder control research among stroke survivors is urgently needed.

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Body-worn absorbent products for incontinence

Anatomy of an absorbent product

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