Yes. We have many here have a diagnosis of IBD and MS. There are others that have MS but have severe digestive problems. Many MS neurologists say that once you have an MS diagnosis, that your IBD is probably just stemming from the MS. Others claim they are two different issues.
The brain and spinal cord dammage from the MS causes an incoordination of the large intestine and colon. It can cause colonic inertia. Many, many people with MS suffer from chronic constipation. The stool simply spends too much time in the colon due to that incoordination. Too much water is then absorbed as is the function of the large instestine. The stool then becomes hard and dry and diffucult to pass. Many MSers must take fiber supplements (metamucil etc) which carries that needed moisture to the colon. Others take stool softners. Certainly a diet high in fiber and lots of water can help.
Gretchen co-moderator MS board diagnosed with MS July 2006
I have no lesions on my soul and so I will live with no limits.