Chronic Constipation can ruin daily life

Posted by Gosia Kowalewska, August 13 2019

Most people are uncomfortable talking openly about living with chronic constipation, and many try to hide the condition from friends and family. Those who do reveal the condition sometimes face questions from others  who don’t understand the difference between an occasional bout of constipation, which we all experience at some point, and chronic   constipation, which is a  serious conditions that rules sufferers’ daily lives.

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Topics: Transanal Irrigation, TAI, Bowel Management

Experts' opinions: How to increase adherence to transanal irrigation (TAI)

Posted by Gosia Kowalewska, July 2 2019

One of the biggest issues with transanal irrigation (TAI) is that many users quit too early – before the therapy had a chance to be effective. We asked experts to share their views on this topic – this is the summary of their talks.

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Topics: Transanal Irrigation, TAI, Bowel Management

My long journey to TAI, but I got there in the end!

Posted by Gosia Kowalewska, June 25 2019

I have MS which has mainly affected my autonomic system resulting in a neurogenic bowel. Unfortunately, today many people (whether they have MS or not) suffer with bowel problems. Constipation is often under-recognised as a problem yet can really affect your quality of life which can in turn make you feel miserable, frustrated, bloated, uncomfortable, and embarrassed and ….be really time consuming!

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Topics: Transanal Irrigation, TAI, Bowel Management, Neurogenic Bowel, Multiple Sclerosis

Back in the saddle

Posted by Sam Crow, June 18 2019

After a life-changing accident left Sallyanne Haigh paralysed from the waist down, doctors were quick to warn her away from a return to horse riding. Yet, three and a half years later, Sallyanne is not only back in the saddle – she’s taking home gold on horseback.

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Topics: Catheterisation, Recovery, Sport, Transanal Irrigation, Bladder Management, Spinal injury, Spinal Cord Injury, TAI, Bowel Management, Self-catheterisation

Emily's Story

Posted by Sam Crow, June 12 2019

During a Continence Awareness Day at Pinderfields Hospital, we had the pleasure of meeting Emily whose life was changed in an instant by an extremely rare condition. This is her story.

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Topics: Catheterisation, Transanal Irrigation, Bladder Management, Spinal injury, TAI, Bowel Management, Self-catheterisation