Bladder Problems

It is fairly common for people who have MS to have some problems with bladder control. If you are having either frequent urination or if you have difficulty passing urine you should see your doctor right away. He or she may refer you to a specialist to help manage this symptom effectively.

Medications are available that can slow down an overly irritable bladder, and others help activate the bladder when emptying seems slow. Many people have minimal inconvenience once they get help. Keep your doctor informed about your urinary habits and any related problems.

Some people may develop urinary tract infections. Symptoms include: frequent urination, burning with urination, strong odour and discolouration of the urine. Sometimes individuals will also experience abdominal or back pains and fever. The presence of MS makes it more difficult for your urinary system to “get by” without specific medication, so don’t try to handle it yourself.

Part of the problem may be solved by timing fluid intake. When some people begin having bladder frequency or lack of control, they drink less to avoid these symptoms. This is dangerous. It is very important that the kidneys get two litres of fluid each day to do their work in eliminating waste products efficiently. The answer is to plan fluid intake. Don’t drink large volumes of fluid just before going out or going to bed, for instance: the same amount of fluid might be easily handled spread over a longer period of time. Beverages containing caffeine and alcohol can make urgency and frequency problems worse, so ask your doctor if you should avoid them.

Managing Physical Aspects of MS