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Managing Bowel & Bladder Symptoms


Bowel and bladder dysfunction is a common symptom of MS. 

Approximately 80% of people with MS experience bladder problems, and about 70% experience bowel problems.


You might feel embarrassed, uncomfortable, and inconvenienced by these symptoms, but there are many ways you can manage them! Below, learn how MS leads to bowel and bladder troubles, how you can find the right treatment or therapy, and what lifestyle adjustments you can make to help. 

This resource center includes:


MS Bowel & Bladder Issues, Explained 

The Toll on Your Mind, Emotions, and Relationships 

Understand the psychological effects of bowel and bladder symptoms.

Speakers: Rosalind Kalb, PhD (psychologist), Julie Stamm (MS activist), and Adam Romsdahl (support partner)

The Effects of MS on Your Bladder 

Understand why you may be experiencing bladder issues.

Speaker: David Ginsberg, MD (urologist) 

The Effects of MS on Your Bowel  

Understand why you may be experiencing bowel issues.

Speaker: David Ginsberg, MD (urologist)

Treatments and Interventions 

Understand what treatments can help your unique bladder and bowel concerns.

Speaker: David Ginsberg, MD (urologist)

Physical Therapy for Your Bladder and Bowel 

Understand how pelvic floor exercises and other PT can improve bladder and bowel functions.

Speaker: Lindie Schreiner, PTA (physical therapy assistant)

Tips and Tricks for Daily Life 

Understand how catheters and other tools can be discreet, simple options to improve your life.

Speaker: Megan Weigel, DNP, ARNP-C, MSCN (nurse practitioner)


Additional Resources

Podcast

Managing Bowel and Bladder Symptoms 

A discussion on real-life challenges, symptom management, and self-advocacy.

Speakers: Roz Kalb, PhD (psychologist), and Randy and Sue (couple living with MS)

LISTEN


Webinar Recordings

Bowel and Bladder Symptoms (2020) 

Speakers: Tracy Walker, NP, WOC (nurse practitioner) and Lindie Schreiner, PTA (physical therapy assistant)

WATCH

Managing Bowel and Bladder Issues in MS (2019) 

Speakers: Ann Mullinex, OTR/L, NBC-HWC (occupational therapist) and Marie Namey, APRN, MSCN (nurse practitioner)  

WATCH

Library Articles

Bowel and Bladder Symptoms: Tips for Success 

Author: Lindie Schreiner, PTA (physical therapy assistant)

READ

Inconvenient, Isolating… and Manageable: Bowel and Bladder Issues in MS 

Authors: Ann Mullinex, OTR/L, NBC-HWC (occupational therapist) and Marie Namey, APRN, MSCN (nurse practitioner)  

READ



This program is possible thanks to the generous support of AbbVie and other generous donors.