Managing Bladder Problems When You Have Multiple Sclerosis

Veteran Julie was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in March 2001 and in this Veterans Health Administration video, she explains how she manages her MS-related bladder problems.

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Julie explains that she began to experience urine urgency and had to visit the bathroom often, including throughout the night which compounded her fatigue as her sleep was being constantly disturbed. Eventually, Julia was referred to a neurourologist who asked her to keep a diary of all the times she went to the bathroom and if she experienced pain or burning sensation when urinating.

The neurourologist prescribed a medication which helped Julia to fully empty her bladder, which helped with the frequency and urgency she’d been experiencing.

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  1. Sally Edwards says:

    I had frequency which bothered me at night particularly. Was prescribed Betmiga 25mg daily initially, then 50mg daily as the lower dose not adequate.
    Problem solved.

    • Scott Maddrix says:

      I self catheter every time I urinate. I empty completely, I have catheters for use when I go out as well. Works perfectly. And insurance helps cover the cost of them.

  2. Alison Dalleywater says:

    I was so happy to see this lady’s story because I’ve been diagnosed two years now and the bladder issues are exactly the same as mine! I am on Betmiga and also Toviaz but neither are working. Am starting a Urodynamics programme (when my name comes up to the top of the long waiting list!) and I also self catheterise. The catheterisation terrified me in the beginning but is quite easy and painless. It has given me the freedom to go out with friends or take long journeys without having to worry. Its so good to know I’m not alone. Its something nobody mentions.

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