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Pregnancy and Neurogenic Bladder

Question: Hi Trudy! I am 30 years old and been diagnosed with a neurogenic bladder from the age of 9 due to spinal cord surgery that went wrong. Ever since I have been using self catheterization between 5-15 times a day. Went to school, got my degree and worked a full time job. It’s been…

Can Kombucha help my Neurogenic Bowel?

Not long ago Julia and I attended a #BlogHerHealth19 conference in LA. I was fortunate enough to meet Hanna Crumb, an expert on the drink, Kombucha, that can replenish good bacteria into our gut.  Many of us dealing with neurogenic bowel, take antibiotics every day.  The antibiotics can kill our good digestive bacteria. Because of…

A Positive Review for Fohm Co

  I came across a product that I just had to share with you. Fohm is for those who need or want to use flushable wet wipes, but hate the thought of running into plumbing issues. The Fohm system produces a sanitizing foam that you can use in combination with your own biodegradable toilet paper….

Bladder Problems Can Affect Your Kidneys : Kidney Health 101

Kidney function can be compromised when your bladder does not function normally. People who have to self-cath to empty their bladder experience chronic urinary tract infections which can easily infect the kidney. Lifestyle changes including diet and exercise to maintain your best health are often recommended but what does it entail? Pain medications, diuretics, salt, herbal supplements and high blood pressure that cause additional strain on the kidneys must be reduced or avoided when kidney function is compromised. Ask your doctor if you can monitor your kidney function annually and avoid or at least delay the onset of chronic kidney disease/end-stage kidney failure.

Consider your Kidneys When Managing Chronic Pain

It has been awhile and for that apologies. Let me share a note with you: Dear Trudy, How are you? First to wish you a happy year and that you keep being such a wonderful person as you are. Yesterday I just was thinking that I do not receive the emails I used to regarding the…

Book Beyond Embarrassment can Help When Using an Intermittent Catheter at Work

School is already in full swing.  I thought this question was so timely. Working in a busy school environment can be so fast paced and crowded.  Our need for cleanliness, privacy, and professionalism all seem to collide at times. Especially when learning to use  an intermittent catheter. The book “Beyond Embarrassment” can offer useful tips….

Coping with Hysterectomy Causing Neurogenic Bladder

Question from Reader: How do I cope? I’ve been using self cath for two weeks now. I had hysterectomy on 6-14-18. I went into retention and they sent me home with a catheter. I had also gone into retention previously for a different surgery 2 years ago. I’m afraid I have bladder damage from those…

Sexual Intimacy and Neurogenic Bladder

Sometimes I get questions that make me feel emotional. This one did because I was invited to consider her very private confession, one that affects so many of us. I cried because she wondered about her “self worth”. The journey we travel is hard; I will not lie to you. Like the fighters we are,…

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