Question that I am embarassed to ask!

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Lizaa
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   Posted 2/15/2008 11:53 AM (GMT -6)   
I am a little embarassed but here goes nothing... I have noticed in the past few months that I cannot control my bladder. I have ummm wet my pants and cant make it to the restroom.. anyone else experience this or is it just me confused   Thanks...

uppitycats
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   Posted 2/15/2008 1:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Lizaa said...
I am a little embarassed but here goes nothing... I have noticed in the past few months that I cannot control my bladder. I have ummm wet my pants and cant make it to the restroom.. anyone else experience this or is it just me confused   Thanks...
Please don't be embarrassed at all! Many of us, many folks with MS deal with bladder incontinence, and even bowel incontinence.  Not being able to control your bladder (or bowels) can have several causes related to having MS.  It's formally called a "neurogenic bladder"..simply meaning the problems with the nervous system affect the way the bladder functions, causing you to "wet your pants".
 
First, though, you should make sure that you don't have a bladder infection.  Contrary to "popular belief", it's not always easy to know that you have an infection, particularly if you have MS and have "weird" sensory stuff going on. You don't always feel burning, or itching, or even pain.  So check to be sure that's not the cause.  If it isn't,
 
then you need to tell your doctor about your situation.  And again, don't be embarrassed -- he's a doctor, he has lots of patients that deal with this, and he should be able to help. He will likely refer you to a urologist who will test your bladder to see exactly what is going on.  Generally there are two things that can happen -- the bladder will hold TOO much urine and finally it will simply spill over and out; or it won't hold enough urine, and you'll find yourself having to run to the bathroom every hour and not being able to dispell much. (Or if you have given birth, there could in fact be some "mechanical" problem with your bladder -- many women find that after giving birth their bladder mechanism is "broken" and needs some repair.)
 
Whatever the cause, once it's identified there are exercises and meds that can help with it.  I take oxybutanin, a small pill once a day (once when I get up, once when I go to bed) which keeps me dry, and controls the sudden urges that I experience.  You may be offered that, or some other meds.  In any event, it's pretty common, and you shouldn't be embarrassed to ask about it, and ask for help for it.
...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....


mamana monster
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   Posted 2/15/2008 6:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Lizaa - I'm so sorry that you are having this issue but really glad that you posted the question. I too have been having issues lately, well, the last several months and thought I was just getting old! Ha! MS may help explain the little accidents I've been having as well. I guess I should discuss it with my doc as well. So, again, thanks for posting the question and Cat, thanks for the answer.

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