Woman with Incontinence Encourages Others to Open up About the Condition
Posted Sep 24 2008 11:44am
Louise Price, from south Wales, talks openly about her incontinence, which is caused by multiple sclerosis.
She is 1 of 14m people in the UK who have some kind of bladder control problem.
Louise Price said she was in so much pain she sought help quickly and was lucky to have a supportive husband and friends she could confide in. She was equally as open with her work colleagues which allowed her to continue in her job.
But the stigma that comes with condition can result in some people with incontinence being silent about it for years.
National Continence Awareness Week, from 15 - 19 September, aims to raise awareness of bowel and bladder problems and let people know that help is available.
Karen Logan, a nurse consultant and head of continence services, said some people refused to tell their closest friends, let alone seek medical help:
‘The biggest frustration for us is that people don’t come forward and suffer in silence.’
‘It’s normal for people to suffer for 5 to 10 years with an overactive bladder or stress incontinence, triggered by sneezing or coughing for example.’
Problems can range in severity from a mildly overactive bladder, to neurological conditions or impairments, such as MS and extreme diabetes, which can cause incontinence.
In more extreme cases like Mrs Price’s, a disposable catheter can be inserted after urination to help empty the bladder.
Louise Price said her life had been transformed and urged anybody with bladder or bowel problems to seek help:
‘You will not be the first case anyone has heard about and you won’t be the last. It’s about getting your quality of life back.’