- Understanding MS
- Common MS Symptoms
Some multiple sclerosis (MS) lesions can block or delay nerve messages that control the bladder and bowel.
The most common problem is called “spastic bladder.” This happens when the bladder is unable to hold the normal amount of urine or does not empty properly. This can leave urine in the bladder and possibly lead to infection. If you develop bladder or bowel issues, getting examined or treated early may help you avoid complications.
Constipation is another concern for people with MS. Constipation may be caused by too little fluid intake, by your intestinal tract slowing down, by decreased activity, and by certain medications used to control bladder symptoms.
Our Symptom Tracker makes talking to your healthcare provider easier.
Your healthcare provider can help you establish an effective bladder/bowel management program. Occasionally, it may be necessary to consult a gastroenterologist. He or she is a healthcare provider who specializes in treating the stomach and bowel.
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