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Multiple Sclerosis Bladder Control

Problems and

MS Bladder Infections

When it comes to MS bladder control issues, a few different kinds of problems can result.

Multiple Sclerosis is known for attacking and damaging the nervous system, especially with damaging the myelin sheath along the spinal cord and with attacking and causing scarring through out the brain.

The brain is the master controller for the body, which normally sends instructions through nerve signals through out the body, to tell the different parts of the body, how to function.

The effects of Multiple Sclerosis on the nervous system often results in the nerve signals  becoming scrambled, blocked or over reactive in one way or another, so that the nerve signals do not reach the part of the body that was the original intended destination .

Many different parts of the body can function less or develop many different kinds of symptoms, depending on where the Multiple Sclerosis attacks the nervous system in the body.

MS bladder function problems can be one of the many problems that can result in the body.

MS bladder control problems can include:

* Bladder Not Draining

This often results in you having to catheterize to drain the bladder, which can contribute to more frequent bladder infections.

* Bladder Leaking

Wetting yourself frequently, from just coughing, sneezing laughing or for no apparent reason at all.

Wetting yourself is often a result of the nerve signals being confused, which control when the bladder should drain and not drain

* Night time Incontinence

This is where the bladder relaxes more than it should, when you lie down to go to sleep at night.

Often the night time incontinence can be more severe than the incontinence can be during the day time.

When the night time incontinence is more severe, this can result in waking you up at night so that you feel the need to change your clothes or it can result in having to wear pads and disposable underwear at night, as well as use absorbent pads on the bed to keep you from wetting the bed at night.

* Stress Urgency

This is where the incontinence or episodes of wetting yourself become worse during times of stress.

* Increased Frequency of Bladder Infections

Even if you don't need to catheterize, Multiple Sclerosis can set up your body for having more frequent bladder infections.

Catheterizing just adds to how frequent and how severe the bladder infections can become.

Because Multiple Sclerosis is known for weakening the immune system in the majority of the cases of MS, this adds to the frequency and severity of bladder infections too.

Multiple Sclerosis Bladder Infections

When the MS bladder infections do occur, often there is pain associated with the infections, which include painful urination, more frequent urgency or bladder pain in general.

Multiple Sclerosis typically causes numbness, sensations of pins and needles or nerve pain in different parts of the body.

When numbness is present, this can create more problems, when a MS bladder infection is present, since this prevents the typical pain from occurring, which often accompanies the majority of bladder infections, that signals that a bladder infection is present.

This means that a person with Multiple Sclerosis can have a bladder infection for 1 or 2 months before they find out that they even have it, which can allow the bladder infections to become so out of control that even with taking antibiotics at higher doses and for longer periods of time, it can be very difficult to get the bladder infections under control.

Problems often result from the effect of Multiple Sclerosis on weakening the immune system, making it difficult for our bodies to fight off infections of all kinds.

More often than not, the bacteria responsible for the majority of MS bladder infections is e-coli.

Frequent bladder infections often means taking larger amounts of antibiotics for a more extended period of time.

The problem that results from taking antibiotics for prolonged periods of time is that the antibiotics kill both the culprit for causing the bladder infection along with wiping out the "good" flora and fauna, which help the body to fight off infections in the first place.

If the use of antibiotics occurs too many times within a shorter period of time, this often just weakens your immune system even further.

This makes it so much easier for you to start a vicious cycle of you ending up with one infection after the other, which can extend the period of time that you have bladder infections to 1 to 6 months at a time.

Any type of infection can influence how out of control the rest of our MS symptoms can become, although not all infections can aggravate the rest of your Multiple Sclerosis symptoms.

MS bladder control problems are a direct result of the MS attacks on the body, which can contribute to nerve function problems and increase the number of bladder infections, which can result.

Bladder infections also tend to set up the body for more MS relapses, than most other types of infections.

MS bladder infections can aggravate cognitive brain function problems, cause more confusion and scrambling of words, when talking or writing, increase memory problems or aggravate many of the other MS symptoms that you often struggle with.

Bladder infections can also contribute to triggering more MS relapses and exacerbations, although not all bladder infections can lead to MS relapses.

MS symptoms that can be affected by bladder infections can include:

* Fatigue -- can become overwhelming.

* Cognitive problems -- can become worse - thinking things through logically, or figuring things out and solving problems can become almost impossible at times until the infection
is dealt with.

* Word Scramble -- dyslexia is the term that is often used for the brain confusing or scrambling words, numbers or concepts, making it more difficult to talk, write or read.

Stuttering or long pauses when speaking can also result, since the brain is not interpreting things as it normally would.

* Memory -- can become much worse temporarily, until the bladder infection is gotten rid of.

* Incontinence -- loss of bladder control can become so bad that you starting wetting yourself frequently without having enough warning that you can even attempt to make it to the restroom to empty the bladder.

A severe bladder infection can also cause you to have to empty the bladder much more often.

* Vision or Eye problems -- are increased; vision can become blurry, out of focus, become dimmer and make it much more difficult to read or even to see.

* Bladder Pain - bladder infections are typically very painful and the pain can be so much worse for those with MS, because just about any type of pain can cause the nervous system to become over stimulated and add to how intense the nerve pain can become.

* Bladder Numbness or Numbness of urethral canal or urethral opening- if you have numbness instead of bladder pain, the numbness can actually increase when a severe bladder infection is present, which increases your chances of ending up with a much more severe bladder infections, the pain often signals that you have  the beginning of a bladder infection.

* Memory 

Memory can become much worse during bladder infections, although sometimes it is worse than others.

Bladder infections and/or bladder infections are frequent problems for many who have been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

Boosting the immune system can go a long way in helping your body to fight off the MS bladder infections more quickly.

This can be accomplished by getting more rest, eating better, by adding more green leafy vegetables, raw carrots, beets and blueberries to the diet.

Several herbs and other supplements can help with boosting the immune system and fighting off ms bladder infections.

Herbs and other supplements, that an help with combating MS bladder infections, can include:

* Vitamin D can help to boost the Multiple Sclerosis immune system  and help reduce bladder infections and other infections, along with helping to reduce the frequency and severity of most infections.

* Uva Ursi - an herb that helps to naturally fight off the organism called E-coli, which is one of the main causes of bladder infections.

* D-Mannose - this is the active ingredient in cranberry juice that helps to fight off bladder infections by making the bladder wall slippery to the bacteria, preventing it from taking hold in the bladder and becoming a full blown infection.

This can be purchased as a powdered form in most vitamin stores.

If taken as soon as the initial symptoms of a bladder infection is noticed, this prevents the infection from taking hold and becoming a very severe bladder infection.

This supplement can be taken as a preventative measure too, to avoid bladder infections more often, if taken on a more regular basis.

D-Mannose powder can be mixed with water or juice of any kind. Apple juice or cranberry juices or any other type of juice will work.

* Vitamin C - can help to fight off infections by boosting the immune system and helping the body's own natural defense mechanisms to fight off the infection much sooner.

Vitamin C also helps the body to fight off most types of infections too, by helping to boost the immune system.

Vitamin C can be purchased as a crystalline, powder, capsule or tablet form.

Often is is much easier to absorb the larger quantities of vitamin C if you take the ascorbic acid crystalline form and mix it with water or juice to take it.

If vitamin C tends to bother your stomach, you can take a buffered form of vitamin C that is often called Ester-C or some other type of calcium-vitamin C combination.

To determine how much vitamin C your body needs to help to boost the immune system to fight off infections, gradually increase how much you take until you get close to bowel tolerance (loose stools, but not diarrhea) and then decrease the amount you are taking by a little bit to prevent diarrhea.

Vitamin C absorbs better if taken in divided doses throughout the day.

I usually take 5,000 to 7,000 mg 2 to 3 times per day to start with, when I have an infection, but you need to determine what your body can tolerate, when you have an infection.

The presence of an infection can increase the amount of vitamin C you body needs, as well as increase the amount of vitamin C that your body can tolerate taking each day. 

* Horsetail - another helpful herb for helping the body to fight off bladder infections.

*  Frequency generator - there a few different type of devices fall under this category, with some differences in functionality and use.  The devices that fall under this category are FDA approved medical devices, that have many other names and different forms of the device that helps to reduce how severe the bladder infections can become.

Often some of these devices are called a "Rife machine" in honor of the doctor, who figured out that the signature frequencies of each organism could be altered in a way to actually kill the organism.

This type of device actually works for helping to kill many types of infections, but at times it doesn't work for some infections, since you need the appropriate frequencies, which are more specifically for the organism that is causing the infection.

There are times, where most of the natural ways do not seem to help with fighting off MS bladder infections and antibiotics are not needed to rid the body of the infection, but the antibiotics do work better if you are not taking them frequently or for longer periods of time.

Because of Multiple Sclerosis greatly reduces my immunity at times, MS bladder infections can be a very big problem for me.

I can have such a big problem with bladder infections weakening my immune system that I can get one infection after the other for 4 to 6 months at a time, before my immune system bounces back some and then I don't have a bladder infection again for at least 3 to 6 months.

Boosting immunity can also be accomplished by taking the herbs Echinacea and Astragalus., but it is best to find a doctor to work with you, to determine if taking more herbs is safe and effective for you to take. 

The one thing you need to keep in mind with taking echinacea is it can only be taken for 2 weeks straight before you will need to take a 2 week break from taking  tech echinacea so that this can actually help to keep from overstimulating the immune system too much all at one.

There are other alternative and natural ways that can help to either boost your ms immune system to help fight off infections or to actually help to kill the organism that is the culprit for causing the bladder infection in the first place, but these are the natural ways that I try to use at first when I have a bladder infection, before I resort to the possibility of taking antibiotics again.

Often taking antibiotics for a prolonged period of time actually weakens the immune system  , since antibiotics tends to kill the good bacteria, which help your body to fight infections.

To replenish the good flora and fauna and help your immune system to function better, you should take probiotics or acidophilus. 

During the time that antibiotics are taken (and probably for 2 to 4 weeks after stopping taking the antibiotics), the probiotics or acidophilus supplements should be taken to help rebuild and strengthen the immune system again.

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