Urinary issues & CP

One of the reasons I have decided to journal about this topic, is because it will help others who suffer with the same problems as I do. Urinary issues, including urinary tract infections can be private and highly embarrassing, but since it’s a normal bodily issue, I’m choosing to address it.

Any website you look at for Cerebral Palsy, will always mention something about urinary and bowel issues, because its common for those of us who deal with Cerebral Palsy. To an extent I control the problems, but even with pelvic floor exercises, the problems are still there. This is very commonplace for me, but as a child I suffered with bowel dysfunction. I knew I had it, but didn’t know why.

Now with the help of Digestive Enzymes, Acidophilus, Slippery Elm and looking at my diet, I am helping myself work through the process. For the Urinary infections, I take cranberry juice or a cranberry supplement.

Below are ways of learning to control bladder function:

  • Be aware of the bladder when it contracts;
  • Be aware of the bladder being full, so that you can plan ahead to use the bathroom;
  • Being able to postpone and control the emptying reflex as and when you need to;
  • Be aware of when the bladder is empty;
  • Be aware and being able to hold urine when the bladder is full, by contracting the muscles of the “pelvic floor.”

I did not suffer from urinary problems as a child, but it is obviously something that I’m dealing with now. Incontinence isn’t just a Cerebral Palsy thing. Women having children can bring about incontinence problems too.

Just wondering if there is anyone else with Cerebral Palsy who has experienced these problems and is willing to speak out.  If there is anyone dealing with this problem, I would love to hear from you.

21 Sep, 2010

5 thoughts on “Urinary issues & CP

    1. You are absolutely right. Cranberry juice is good for urinary tract infections. I find the juice quite strong, so I am taking them in supplement form… and they’re helping.

  1. Thank goodness I don’t suffer with urinary problems, but it is also a problem for some people with fibromyalgia. I know several people that use the cranberry supplements for UTI’s and swear by them. Very good information, Ilana.

    1. It’s probably more common than people think. I am pleased Lisa that you don’t have this particular problem. I think cranberry supplements are good too.

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