Did you know that there may be benefits of using catheters for MS patients? Intermittent straight catheter usage can make a world of difference for many people who have multiple sclerosis (MS) and experience bladder dysfunction.
Do People with Multiple Sclerosis Use Catheters?
How many people with multiple sclerosis (MS) do you think use catheters?
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that around 400,000 people in the US have multiple sclerosis. Of that number, more than 100,000 rely on intermittent catheters to drain their bladders. According to a study done by doctors at the University Hospital’s Case Medical Center in Cleveland, more than a quarter of patients with MS have either used or currently use intermittent urinary catheters.
Multiple Sclerosis & Its Effect on the Bladder
Almost 80% of people with MS also experience urinary issues. Lesions created by this condition can either block or delay the transmissions of nerve signals in the areas of the central nervous system that control the urinary sphincter and bladder.
There are two distinct types of bladder problems that affect MS patients:
- over-active bladder
- incomplete bladder drainage
- neurogenic bladder
These issues can not only be sources of embarrassment and discomfort, but incomplete bladder drainage can make those living with MS more prone to recurring urinary tract infections.
Benefits of Catheters for MS
Catheterization has an array of medical benefits and can significantly improve the overall quality of life.
Intermittent catheters prevent the bladder from overfilling, eliminate residual urine, and help prevent urinary infections from urine that might otherwise remain too long inside the bladder.
Some people are reluctant to use catheters because they worry about discomfort. However, we want to assure you that modern disposable catheters have come a long way since their invention.
Today, catheters are made from a variety of materials, many of which are designed to be soft, pliant, and comfortable for the user.
Concerned about your privacy? Many catheters are small and easily concealable. There are even pocket catheters that are discreet and can easily fit in a small bag, makeup case, or even a pocket.
Intermittent catheter usage paired with any necessary supplements or prescription medication along with regular doctor check-ups can do a lot to improve your urinary health as well as your overall well-being.
If you’d like to learn more about bladder management for those living with Multiple Sclerosis, visit the National MS Society’s website for helpful information and tips on maintaining good urinary health.
Are you seeking a reliable catheter supply provider? 180 Medical will be glad to help you find the right product for your needs, and our specialists will treat your concerns and questions with kindness.
We can also include some helpful information in your first order, like our unique how-to-cath instructions in full-color booklets with all the information you need to know about intermittent catheter usage, as well as DVDs that can walk you through the process step-by-step on how to use straight catheters, hydrophilic catheters, and closed system catheter kits.
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