- Diet and nutrition
- Mental health
- Relationships and family
- Sexuality and intimacy
- Bladder care
- Bowel care
- Skin care
- Pain or hypersensitivity
- Autonomic dysreflexia
- Other issues and complications
When you have a spinal cord injury, you no longer have voluntary control over emptying your bowel. However, if managed well, good bowel emptying habits can be established, helping to maintain a normal lifestyle.
You might need to change some aspect of your bowel management program if it is not working for you. Often the solution to a problem is not difficult to find. This article describes some possible problems and solutions.
Even though a spinal cord injury will affect your bowel function, you can avoid many of the common complications by eating a healthy diet, high in fibre, and maintaining a regular routine.
Funding for continence, or bowel, equipment for people living with a spinal injury depends on whether or not you are covered by insurance.
In your routine of managing your bowel, you may need to use a suppository or enema. This article outlines the steps depending on which you use.
Bowel medicines are usually taken regularly to help establish a bowel routine or ‘bowel days’ for going to the toilet.