Stroke Recovery – Incontinence from

Stroke Recovery

Strokes are caused when blood flow to the brain is prevented, and leaves the brain damaged, or destroys brain cells. The part of the brain that is damaged by the lack of blood flow is what causes loss of the function controlled by that area. If the area damaged controls a part of the bladder it may leave the victim incontinent for a period of time.

Bladder problems can occur from a stroke, especially in those people who already had urinary incontinence, urgency or frequent urination. If it is determined that one is suffering bladder problems, lifestyle changes can be implemented to get the stroke-recovering patient on a regular urinating schedule. However, there is still nighttime. Because of that, external catheters may decrease the incidence of bedwetting while recovering from a stroke in those nocturnal hours. Many times if someone is severely incapacitated, they may need to first use indwelling catheters until they are well enough to function on their own. Once they are, external catheters can be used for the rest of the recovery process. Male external catheters are worn like a condom, and safe to use for everyday use. They are easy to apply, and remove with out any help. But before using any product it is best to contact you physician about what product would work best for you.

It is not uncommon for someone who had a stoke to suffer loss of bladder control or urinary incontinence after the stroke. Although this is usually temporary, it can have numerous causes, including infection, constipation, or from the medicine prescribed.

If you are having a problem with urinary incontinence your doctor may do a number of things.

  • They can take a urine sample to test if you have an infection.
  • Perform a test to see how you urinate. This can help them to decide what treatment, or incontinence aids can work best for you.
  • Develop a bathroom schedule for regular breaks.
  • Suggest the use of a absorbent pad, or external catheters
  • Prescribe medications depending on the severity of the condition.

There are also things you can do to prevent urine leakage:

Empty your bladder at normal intervals. Before bedtime, and when you first wake up.
Manage your liquid intake, drink plenty of water at regular intervals, and limit the amount of fluid you take after dinner to prevent nighttime urges.

Be sure to follow up with your family doctor or get a referral to a specialist (urologist in this case) for professional help.