Multiple Sclerosis Complications

It’s important to avoid health problems that could complicate your MS. For instance, getting an infection can result in worsened Multiple Sclerosis Complications symptoms. is not the cause of every symptom you experience as a patient. Good primary care is essential to your overall well being. Screening tests and routine medical care should be an integral part of care.

You should have our eyes examined regularly to check for vision problems. These exams can help find glaucoma and other problems that may or may not be related to MS. All patients over 50 should be screened for colon cancer. Recent research suggests that Multiple Sclerosis Complications patients are overall less likely to be diagnosed with cancer compared to the general population. The same research also noted that some Multiple Sclerosis Complications patients evidently neglect routine cancer screenings.

Multiple Sclerosis complications are different from MS symptoms. Symptoms can include fatigue, numbness, tingling, trouble walking, visual problems, spasticity, changes in bladder or bowel function, and trouble with memory and concentration. Multiple sclerosis complications are the problems that result from MS symptoms. For example, one of your MS symptoms may be trouble emptying your bladder completely. This could put you at risk for developing an multiple sclerosis complications like urinary tract infection.

1. Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

Urinary symptoms of MS can occur because of disrupted nerve signals to the muscles that control the opening and closing of the bladder. Symptoms can include frequent urination, inability to hold urine, and incomplete emptying of the bladder. Poor bladder control, leading to urinary incontinence can also occur. Incontinence is an involuntary loss of urine and it can be stressful and embarrassing.

Urine that stays in the bladder too long can lead to urinary tract infections (UTIs). These infections can spread to the kidneys, causing pain and fever. These strategies can help prevent UTIs:
<="tps_slideContainer_21874">

<="hl_page_2"="hl-article-page">

  • Avoid caffeinated drinks.
  • Drink six to eight glasses of water a day.
  • Plan bathroom trips every two to four hours to help train your bladder.
  • Work with your doctor to find medications that help prevent bladder complications.
  • Use a catheter tube to drain the bladder if necessary.

<="hl_page_2"="hl-article-page">

2. Osteoporosis

If you’ve become inactive because of advanced MS, you run the risk of developing osteoporosis. Lack of weight-bearing exercise can cause your bones to lose density. Eventually your bones could become so weak that they break. Steroid medications sometimes used to treat MS may also add to this risk.

These strategies can help preserve healthy bones:

  • Get tested for osteoporosis with a low-exposure X-ray study, known as a DEXA (dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry) scan.
  • Limit alcohol, increase weight-bearing activity, don’t smoke, and avoid exposure to secondhand smoke.
  • Talk with your doctor about our vitamin D and calcium needs and whether you might need medications that increase bone density.