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Preventing UTI's

October 12, 2016

Upwards of 90% of MS patients experience issues with bladder function. In fewer cases, such bladder problems may lead to kidney damage. Bladder issues aren’t necessarily constant, but may occur with flare-ups.

MS can cause bladder problems due to the damage caused to the nerves that signal how the bladder contracts. Disruptions in these signals can lead to a number of symptoms.

A bladder emptying dysfunction can lead to a urinary tract infection (UTI). When your bladder doesn’t fully empty, you run the risk of developing a UTI because the retained urine left over in the bladder allows bacteria to grow. UTIs associated with MS are likely to recur, especially if you don’t get treatment for the emptying dysfunction.

Symptoms of a UTI include:

  • urgent need to urinate
  • frequent urination
  • burning feeling when you urinate
  • pain in your lower back or lower abdomen
  • fever
  • dark urine with an unusual smell

The trick to prevent these pesky UTI’s is to drink fluids constantly. However, do not nurse the same drink for long. Drink it at once to avoid frequent urges. Two hours before you plan to go to bed, stop having anything to drink. If you urinate, but feel that the bladder isn’t completely empty, wait for a few minutes and try again. Having an empty bladder is important in trying to prevent UTI’s.