Bladder Dysfunction

Bladder Dysfunction

Bladder Dysfunction - Multiple Sclerosis - Symptoms of Bladder Dysfunction - Effect of Multiple Sclerosis | Tips on - Find TipsMultiple sclerosis (MS) is a non- curable disease that effects the central nervous system of the body. The central nervous system means the brain and the spinal cord- both are the basis of the well being of the human form. Multiple sclerosis is also known as an “autoimmune disease” because in MS, the body’s own immune system attacks itself- the cells of the brain and the spinal cord.

In MS, bladder dysfunction- inability to urinate- is one of the symptoms. This is the most common of all MS symptoms- nearly 96% of MS patients are bound to face bladder dysfunction once in their life.

What Is Bladder Dysfunction?

Bladder dysfunctions take place when the lesions of the spinal cord obstruct the path of the bladder or the urinary sphincter from urination. Sphincters are the “muscles surrounding the opening to the bladder”. Or if the bladder is not emptying itself because the sphincter is spastic meaning it contracts while urinating, it leads to bladder dysfunction.

This situation can result in four conditions:

I) The patient feels a sudden urgency to urinate. He gets the feeling that the bladder is suddenly full.

II) The frequency of urination increases even if the patient may not be drinking much fluid.

III) Patients take unusually long time to urinate even though they feel the bladder to be full and when they begin to urinate, it does not seem to flow giving a feeling of dryness.

IV) Patients lose control on their nervous system so when they feel like urinating; it begins to flow then and there. Sometimes patients also undergo leaking sensation. This condition hampers the social life of a MS patient.

How To Manage?

Leaving bladder infection untreated can only increase the chances of urinary tract infection (UTI) which further leads to the possibility of the formation of stones in the bladder.

Behavioural therapies, controlled diet, self- catheterization and surgery (as last resort) are the ways to manage bladder dysfunctions.

Medications such as Zanaflex®, Lioresal®, Minipress®, Hytrin®, Flowmax®, and Ditropan® are used to improve urine flow, reduce spasms and relax sphincter. But do not self medicate yourself. Ask a neurologist first. One of the mistakes MS patients do is not reduce the intake of fluids. This is will lead to UTI.

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