Living with M.S.

"Living with M.S. is sort of like training for a long race. The harder you try, and the longer you keep at it, the stronger you become.
Eventually, looking back, you may be amazed at the power you possessed, even when you had no idea it was within your reach." (Linda Ann Nickerson)

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Kidney Infections - Facing MS symptoms from A to Z


Multiple sclerosis complications can be confusing, uncomfortable, and tricky to talk about. Today’s topic, in particular, might be a bit covert, but it’s also a key one for many MSers.



Kidney infections are common among those with MS. Certain MS lesions may affect any part of the urinary track, wreaking havoc on its functions. MS-related spasticity can also contribute to the problem. This can all result in increased frequency, frequent nighttime episodes, inability to empty the bladder fully, pain, fever, and even incontinence.

In a severe case, a kidney or bladder infection can be a real kick in the gut, making the sufferer feel like keeling over. 

I’m not even kidding.

Professional medical attention (including medication) may help with these issues. Physical therapy, catheterization, and other treatments may be referred, along with lifestyle tips for dealing with such conditions. 

Left untreated, these issues can become chronic. 

It’s important to keep up with such prevention, management, and treatment regimens, as this sort of problem may increase the MSer’s existing lifestyle limitations and resulting isolation, if left untreated.



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