For years now, I've had the most embarrassing problems to talk about.. bladder and bowel incontinence AND for other days on end, not being able to go at all (both bladder and bowel). It's a horrible thing to endure and not something many can relate to since most with MS have one problem or the other, but rarely both. Lucky me.. not!
My urologist prescribed a daily dose of Vesicare, which works in relaxing the bladder muscles to prevent urgent, frequent or uncontrolled urination, but it proved to be too much as it no longer allowed me to "go" at all, so he suggested I try taking it every other day, which helped immensely. Then at the end of last year, my ankles began to swell and I was not able to go at all anymore, so I stopped taking Vesicare and called him immediately. He then chose to prescribe 1 mg. Terazosin, which is usually used for men to treat enlarged prostate but since it also relaxes the muscles of the bladder and helps with bladder emptying, he felt it may help me, too. Thank goodness he was right. But of course, my MS wouldn't allow it to be the answer as it had to complicate my life once again.
|How I feel some days!|
As for the bowel issues, all I can say is UGH! I've learned that taking the generic form of Colace (2 capsules daily) is the answer for me. Without it, I would never go and even taking it, emptying isn't guaranteed. I think people assume I'm constipated, which isn't my issue. My brain can't "remember" where the muscles are located, so how can I go when I can't figure out how to push? It's so damn frustrating and demeaning but this is what MS is and what it does and it's horrible beyond words. So when anyone tells me that I look great and how wonderful it is that my MS hasn't affected me as much as it has others, I wish I could tell them to look inside my ASS and re-think that thought! My problems are definitely more internal and although I am very grateful that I can walk and still drive most of the time, the things I deal with are not easy.