I am 57 and my name is John. I had a stroke 6 weeks ago and have been suffering with light urine incontinence. Is this normal when you have a stroke? ive not asked my nurse because its a bit embarrassing. Would just like to know if its common to have this before i ask because if it is i wont feel as embarrassed? can someone help?
I’m sorry you have experienced this. It is common to experience incontinence after a stroke. There are various reasons why a stroke can cause incontinence. This can be due to:
-Damage to the area of the brain that controls the brain/bladder
-Being constipated. This is often caused by being immobile/less mobile
-Side effects of medication
Although you may be embarrassed, it is important to talk to a Doctor for some advice. They can recommend you some treatment methods or surgery options suitable for your situation. Only 15 percent of stroke survivors continue to have continence problems a year after their stroke, and there is a lot that can be done. You could be missing out on life-changing treatment by not talking to a Doctor.
Physiotherapists can help with your walking and help you to get on and off the toilet. Occupational therapists can recommend a diet plan to help you manage incontinence. Are you having problems with speech after your stroke? Speech pathologists can help you with ways to communicate if you need to visit a toilet.
I’m happy to recommend some lifestyle tips for you to help you to manage your light incontinence. Would you like any advice and recommendations for products?