Managing Bowel Dysfunction with Multiple Sclerosis – No longer ‘trapped’

Julian, a former research worker and now a physiologist after studying for his PhD, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) at 27 years old.

While his MS had been manageable in the past, it has progressed rapidly in the last ten years, leaving him with poor dexterity and using a wheelchair, which soon led him to retirement.

Despite his retirement, Julian keeps himself occupied with various activities such as visiting his local promenade in his electric wheelchair or sailing (although he can no longer do it singlehandedly), singing in a choir, and indulging in electronics, radios, books, and the odd bit of reminiscence.

Along with the physical challenges of MS came bowel dysfunction, specifically faecal incontinence.

Julian struggled to manage his symptoms for six years, using padding and experiencing numerous accidents. This unpredictability made it difficult for him to participate in social activities – sometimes having to leave events to go home and clean up. Managing faecal incontinence became tiring due to its unpredictability. Therefore, Julian conducted his own research and discovered rectal irrigation as a potential solution.

Julian remained in contact with the Continence Service, but he lost touch after getting a supra-pubic urinary catheter. He felt trapped at home, knowing that a bump in the pavement or curb could lead to an accident. Julian realised he needed to take action if he didn’t want to become a recluse, so he contacted the Continence Service and was introduced to the Qufora IrriSedo Klick system.

Despite his poor dexterity, Julian found the system easy to assemble and use. Within two weeks, he had established a routine that fit seamlessly into his lifestyle. As a result, he no longer needs to carry a rucksack with a change of clothes wherever he goes. His newfound confidence in bowel management has even allowed him to plan a trip to Glastonbury Festival, and he wishes he had used rectal irrigation years ago.