There are many conservative options and combinations of methods when it comes to bowel management for people with neurogenic bowel disorder (NBD).
Usually they involve diet, exercise, laxatives, as well as other methods. For some people who have struggled with conservative bowel management, surgery has been the only alternative, but surgery is generally best avoided as there may be a number of complications associated with it.Read More
"Severe bowel problems are a social stigma. Many people tend to stay at home, too embarrassed to go out. Finding a working bowel routine is key to quality of life for these patients", Valentina Passananti, specialist in Clinical Medicine and Gastroenterology, says.Read More
When a child suffers from bowel problems, it often affects the whole family. Many struggle for far too long with dietary and stool changing medication, without satisfactory results. But there are other solutions!
Bowel management is not an easy subject to talk about. Many children with bowel dysfunction and their families suffer in silence, often in desperate need for help. One of the nurses who goes above and beyond to support these families is award winning Christeen Smith from Edinburgh. Watch this interview to get to know her more!Read More
Bowel problems in children can occur for many different reasons. Some are related to a specific diagnosis, like Spina Bifida or Anorectal Malformation. Some are more diffuse and differ over time, like constipation or tummy cramps. We tried to map some of the concepts for you!Read More
Paul and his son Tim, who is now 16 years old, were early adopters of TAI, so much so that they almost invented the therapy themselves…Read More
One consequence of a broken spinal cord is loss of bladder and bowel control.
Kent Revedal suffered a spinal cord injury in a motorcycle accident and he desperately searched for a bowel regime to avoid public 'accidents'. He found one! This is Kent's own story, in three films, about how that happened.Read More
”As easy as one, two, three...” Everywhere we hear or see commercials about technical things. We hear that it's so easy, almost intuitive. What many of us have learned – sometimes the hard way – is that if it sounds too good to be true, it is too good to be true... Some things need to take time and practise.
One of the biggest issues with transanal irrigation (TAI) is that many users quit too early – before the therapy had a chance to be effective.
We asked two experts to share their views on this topic – this is the summary of their talks.
It can be difficult to find a regular toilet routine if you suffer from chronic constipation or fecal incontinence. Some people are constantly afraid of public accidents or literary spending hours in the bathroom.
Mikey was one of them until he found the solution to his bowel problems – transanal irrigation (TAI). This blog post will give you an insight!
Our user panel TellUs gives us a lot of useful information. For example that 82% of the people with Spinal Cord Injury have problems with their bowel. But there is still a stigma attached. Only 29% of the panel members were asked about their bowel by a healthcare professional, while 68% wanted to be asked... Sometimes the knowledge is poor, and sometimes it's just hard to get over the embarrassment.
Our guest blogger Kent Revedal has a clear stand on this matter - this is his direct plea to the healthcare professionals out there!Read More
When a nurse showed me a TAI system for the first time I was sure it wasn’t for me. It involved water, tubes, catheters and a pump. I could picture how messy it would be, and disgusting. Brown water, constant maintenance, constant aggravation...
No thank you.
But one can change...
My history has been shared in earlier blog posts: Searching for a bowel therapy and Take it easy—take TAI. If you haven’t read them, feel free to read them first to understand my original circumstances.
And you should definitely continue to read this one about me becoming a TAI advocate!Read More
S**t happens! It’s an expression many of us use when life presents unexpected and unwanted situations.
But for some of us ”s**t happens” literally is a dream come true... If you can control it.
In my previous blog post, Searching for a bowel therapy, I shared my story of how desperately I needed a bowel regime that would make me feel safe.
My Spinal Cord Injury had caused loss of control of my bowel and that had a huge impact on my social and business life.
But now I have found my bowel therapy... Continue to read and I will tell you all about it!Read More
"A motorcycle accident. A car tried to make a U-turn on a bridge, just meters ahead of me. The crash was unavoidable. The result was a Spinal Cord Injury (SCI). Two weeks later I found myself in a hospital bed, crying and stinking…"
These are the words of Kent Revedal, whose life was turned upside down in a second, a few years ago. His story is valuable for everyone, but if you suffer from a similar injury, or similar bowel problems due to an injury or illness, you will find comfort in reading his blog posts.
We are very happy to present Kent Revedal, CEO at CercaDeTi Rehab and author of the book Smällen (The Crash), as our new guest blogger. And at this very moment you are reading his first post written exclusively for this blog!