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UTIs and Multiple Sclerosis

Exploring the relationship between UTIs and MS

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People with multiple sclerosis (MS) may be more at risk for urinary tract infections (UTIs). But why? Below we explore the link between UTIs and MS.

Multiple Sclerosis

It’s estimated that 2.3 million people worldwide have MS, a disease that causes the immune system to eat away at myelin, a fatty substance that coats the nerve cells. Although MS impacts everyone differently, it can lead to a number of issues, such as numbness, vision impairment, fatigue, and slurred speech. One of the more common things that people with MS face is bladder dysfunction.

Bladder Dysfunction and MS

According to the Cleveland Clinic, about 90 percent of people with MS experience bladder dysfunction, which can appear in different forms. Some people suffer from incontinence, others from the frequent urge to urinate, and others struggle to urinate at all. All of these problems can result in UTIs. On average, people with MS start to experience bladder dysfunction about six years into years into the illness.

Multiple Sclerosis and UTIs

Some people with MS struggle to fully empty their bladders, which commonly causes UTIs. Instead of being released, a lot of the urine sits in the urinary tract and allows bacteria to accumulate.

People with MS may experience a range of symptoms when they have a UTI. Some of the most common symptoms they experience are fevers, dark or cloudy urine, or a burning sensation, similar to other UTI sufferers. Another symptom is increased muscle spasticity. This means that there is an abnormal increase in muscle tissue in the urinary tract that causes spasms.

Someone with MS may be able to tell they have a UTI is if their MS symptoms worsen, which is called pseudoexacerbation. It’s called pseudoexacerbation because it imitates actual exacerbation, a flare-up of real MS symptoms.

Sometimes, people with MS are catheterized because they aren’t able to fully empty their bladders. This becomes an issue because wearing the catheters themselves can sometimes cause UTIs.

Pixie Smart Pads

As mentioned earlier, it is especially difficult to detect UTIs in people with MS because many symptoms of UTIs seem to mask themselves in the guise of MS symptoms. While some people use dipsticks to diagnose their UTI, it becomes quite difficult to use dipsticks for people with MS who are incontinent. Pixie Smart Pads are especially useful for people who have trouble monitoring their UTIs because they are incontinent.

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