Most riders guide their horse with their legs, but Evie has no sensation from the knees down, as she was born with a form of Spina Bifida. It affects her balance, but that doesn’t stop her from riding Daisy. It also impairs Evie’s bladder and bowel function, so she uses urinary catheters to empty her bladder.
When people see someone in a wheelchair, they typically notice the obvious fact first: this person can’t walk. But restricted mobility is just one issue that people with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) must face. In fact, problems with the bladder and bowel are commonly ranked as being bigger obstacles than an inability to walk.
Many women with a Spinal Cord Injury, Spina Bifida, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) or injury from child birth have difficulties emptying the bladder. In this article, we'll focus on the reason: Atonic Bladder.
Water supports vital organs like the kidney and bladder, helps promote smooth digestion, and makes it easier to maintain your weight (as it can curb cravings for other calorie-dense choices). Proper water consumption also helps those with tetraplegia to manage issues with low blood pressure, and allows catheter users to have a smoother experience. So, let's dive into what you need to know about H20 and finding the right water balance for your body!
A burning sensation, sprints to the bathroom or just a little dribble? Symptoms from the lower urinary tract (commonly referred to as LUTS) are extremely common in women, but can nevertheless be both embarrassing and unpleasant.