Paralysis and Colonoscopies

While people with spinal cord injury (SCI) are not at greater risk for colon cancer than able-bodied people, studies have shown the people with SCI are less likely to get routine screenings due to apprehension about colonoscopy preparation and the risk of autonomic dysreflexia.1 “When I was nearing 50 years of age, I knew that…
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Bowel Care

Can Spinal Problems Cause Bowel Problems?

Spinal cord injury (SCI) interferes with the signals sent between the brain and the bowel, making proper bowel care management essential to reduce the risk of injury, illness, or accidents.  Every injury is different, and every person will have different bowel care needs depending on their mobility and level of injury.  Quadriplegic Bowel Care Injuries…
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Autonomic Dysreflexia

Sunburn and Autonomic Dysreflexia

Autonomic Dysreflexia (AD) occurs, to at least some extent, in up to 90% of people with cervical spinal cord injury (SCI) and those with upper thoracic injury above level T6.  AD can happen when an irritation below the level of injury occurs but the signals sent to the brain to respond to the irritant are…
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Bowel care personal journey

Bowel Care Mini Series: Personal Journey

Welcome to the third monthly episode of our Bowel Care Mini Series, hosted in the Enemeez Thrive Facebook Community and led by Thrive Advocate, Scott Chesney. In this episode, Scott interviews Ryan Gebauer with Quest Healthcare, a Division of Quest Products, LLC on his personal journey. Hear about what has changed since Ryan’s injury over…
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bowel care

Bowel Care Mini Series: Autonomic Dysreflexia

Welcome to the second monthly episode of our Bowel Care Mini Series, hosted in the Enemeez Thrive Facebook Community and led by Thrive Advocate, Scott Chesney. In this episode, Scott interviews Margaret Swantko & Ryan Gebauer with Quest Healthcare, a Division of Quest Products, LLC on Autonomic Dysreflexia. Understand the different types of autonomic dysreflexia,…
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pressure injuries

Bowel Care Mini Series: Pressure Injuries

Welcome to the first monthly episode of our Bowel Care Mini Series, hosted in the Enemeez Thrive Facebook Community and led by Thrive Advocate, Scott Chesney. In this episode, Scott interviews Beth Householder with Quest Healthcare, a Division of Quest Products, LLC on Pressure Injuries. Understand the different types of pressure injuries, symptoms, prevention and…
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The Best Wheelchair Accessible Beaches

The long days of winter are over, and spring is here! As the weather gets warmer, it’s fun to think about hitting the beach this summer. For mobility-impaired people the beach can be slightly overwhelming. It helps to find beaches that are wheelchair accessible to make your day by the water as stress-free and fun…
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Keys to an Effective Bowel Training Process

While some form of bowel retraining is most commonly needed for people with spinal cord injury (SCI), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and certain illnesses like Multiple Sclerosis or Spina Bifida, a bowel training program can benefit anyone who experiences bowel and/or stool irregularities. If you experience chronic constipation, have become reliant on laxatives to pass…
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Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Bowel Management

Though traumatic brain injury (TBI) can cause varying symptoms, one symptom that people typically speak about less openly is loss of bowel control. Before we discuss effective bowel management programs for people with TBI, however, it is important to focus on why a loss of bowel control occurs in the first place. How does the…
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Constipation, Incontinence, and Multiple Sclerosis

Constipation can be one of the more uncomfortable and unpleasant symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis (“MS”). Approximately 35% of people with MS experience constipation, and 25% of people with MS report at least one episode of incontinence per week.  It is important to consult with a physician before commencing any medications or other forms of constipation…
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