Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms
Bladder problems with multiple sclerosis are fairly typical. Common difficulties, especially during the early stages of the disease, tend to involve needing to go to the toilet more often and may also include needing to go to the toilet during the night.
Although it may occur earlier during the course of the disease, an inability to retain urine in the bladder is also fairly common, especially in more advanced cases.
This symptom is by no means universal.
Bladder dysfunction occurs in up to 80% of patients with multiple sclerosis.
As with most things in multiple sclerosis, bladder dysfunction may appear, then disappear. The dysfunction may never return or may reappear and may also become permanent. It may also be necessary to use a catheter for self catheterization.
The range of bladder dysfunctions which may occur with multiple sclerosis:
- Incontinence (inability to retain urine in the bladder)
- Urinary frequency (the need to urinate more often than normal)
- Urinary urgency (an urgent need to urinate)
- Nocturia (the need to go to the toilet during the night)
- Urinary hesitancy (inability to begin urination 'on command')
- Urinary retention (the inability to completely empty the bladder)
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