I read an excellent article on the Barts blog which described and explained the range of bladder symptoms in MS. When I was diagnosed, I had several issues for which I was prescribed anticholergenic meds. Things settled and I’ve had no problems for twelve years or more – but over Christmas this year I had an episode of feeling bloated and unable to empty the bladder properly. It cleared in a couple of weeks but when I read the Barts article it described exactly what had been going on. It said that in MS the two muscles which control the bladder can get out of sync. If the detrusor (giving the signal to empty) and the sphincter (signalling the bladder to close) aren’t working in harmony, the symptoms are as described. The article went on to list the meds available – alpha blockers such as prazosin and indoramin. I’ve just seen the GP asking for a prescription for one of these to carry as ’emergency’ in case I get a repeat episode, especially when I’m away from home. She told me that these are ‘higher level’ drugs and she’d prefer me to get the okay from the neuro team. I expect I’ll be referred to their continence dept but before I set this in motion I’d be grateful for info on anyone’s experience with this.
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