Lots of neurological conditions cause problems with going to the toilet. It can help if you have your 5 Fruit and Vegetables A Day, make sure you drink enough water, and try and get some moderate exercise. Sometimes complementary therapies might help as well. You might be able to get help from social services with personal care. And of course it's always important to wash your hands properly.
You can get access to disbled toilets in shopping centres and pubs by using a Radar key from Disability Rights UK.
Bladder and bowel
- Living with incontinence (NHS Choices)
- Bladder and Bowel UK: formerly PromoCon, part of the charity Disabled Living
- Bladder & Bowel Community: community support network
- Incontinence products (NHS Choices)
- Treatments for incontinence (Age UK)
- Bladder self-assessment: have you got a healthy bladder? (NHS Choices)
- Urinary incontinence (NHS Choices)
- Urinary catheterisation: using a flexible tube (NHS Choices)
- Urinary tract infections (UTI's) (NHS Choices)
- Cystitis (NHS Choices)
- Bowel incontinence (NHS Choices)
- Constipation (NHS Choices)
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) (NHS Choices)
- Bowel problems in MS (MS Society)
- Your guide to care and support: information for people with support needs and their carers (NHS Choices)
- Carer's Assessment: information for talking to social services for adult carers of adults (Carers UK)
- Apply for a needs assessment by social services: available in England and Wales only (GOV.UK)
- Personal Care - Incontinence: products from the Age UK online shop
Our Information Centre in Liverpool has copies of many useful publications, including the Shine charity's book Below The Belt: Teen-talk: continence, relationships and much more, and the Stroke Association's booklet Continence Problems After Stroke.