As we have discussed in the past, spinal cord injuries affect every area of your life. One of these areas is bowel control, which can cause very complicated issues. There are two main types of bowel control issues that you can have when you have a spinal cord injury. The type that a person suffers from is dependent upon the level at which the injury occurred.
If the injury that you suffered was at level L1 or higher on your spinal cord, you will likely suffer from upper motor neuron bowel syndrome. This can lead to constipation because the sphincter remains tight and you are unable to voluntarily control it. This means that a suppository or other manual manipulation is necessary to allow the stool to evacuate the body properly.