Dealing with urination problems caused by multiple sclerosis
A person with
multiple sclerosis (MS) may have difficulty emptying
the bladder completely because the muscle that helps to retain urine cannot
relax (a form of
Sometimes urination can be stimulated by pressing or tapping the
bladder area or by straining. Medications can also help in some cases. When
these methods or medications do not help, you may have to use a urinary
catheter, a thin flexible tube that you can insert into the channel through
which urine exits the body (urethra). This is called intermittent
When you have MS, your emotions are in play. While having MS raises your chances of having depression, knowing that fact -- and being aware -- can help you try to prevent it and get treatment. Protect yourself with healthy habits.
Get moving. When it comes to MS treatment, exercise is a two-for-one. Being active improves MS symptoms -- like fatigue and bladder problems -- and improves your mood, says Rosalind Kalb, PhD, vice president of clinical care at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society...