Home > Stroke: Bladder and Bowel Problems
Some people who have a stroke suffer loss of bladder
control (urinary incontinence) after the stroke. But this is usually
temporary. And it can have many causes, including infection, constipation, and
the effects of medicines.
If you have problems controlling your
bladder, your doctor may:
Some things you can do to prevent bladder leakage
have trouble emptying your bladder completely (urinary retention). Urinary
retention is common, especially right after a stroke, but it usually improves
If you have urinary retention problems, your doctor
itself does not cause constipation. But constipation often occurs after
a stroke because you are not drinking enough liquids, are in bed most of the
time, or are taking certain medicines as part of your treatment. If your
constipation is severe, stool can become lodged (impacted) in the bowel.
If you are concerned about any of your symptoms, call your doctor before you try home treatment.
Constipation can be treated at home.
If you are constipated:
If you continue to have problems with constipation, your
doctor may recommend a bulking agent (such as Metamucil), a stool softener, or
regular use of a laxative or enema.
Other Works Consulted
Winstein CJ, et al. (2016). Guidelines for adult stroke rehabilitation and recovery: A guideline for healthcare professionals from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Stroke, published online May 4, 2016. DOI: 10.1161/STR.0000000000000098. Accessed June 3, 2016.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineMartin J. Gabica, MD - Family MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerRichard D. Zorowitz, MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Current as ofMarch 20, 2017
Current as of:
March 20, 2017
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Richard D. Zorowitz, MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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