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Managing bladder problems

The first step to managing bladder problems is to talk to a specialist. Try not to worry about talking about bladder problems with your doctor or nurse. Health care professionals are used to talking about these issues and can offer help.

Virtually every area in the UK has a specialist continence service with at least one continence nurse (sometimes called an advisor). Continence nurses can provide information, for example, about products available, as well as confidential advice. You can 'self-refer' to most NHS Continence Advisory Services.

The Bladder and Bowel Community can give you details of your nearest service. You can also speak to a specialist nurse - calls are confidential.

Exercises for bladder problems

Training your pelvic floor muscles can help with some bladder issues. We worked with physiotherapist Rachel on a set of simple exercises for your pelvic floor muscles that you can try at home. There is an audio described version of this video.

Read more about pelvic floor muscle exercises below.

When your bladder doesn’t hold pee like it should

When your bladder doesn’t empty like it should

A test will show your if bladder isn’t emptying fully. When it doesn’t, pee is left in it. Bacteria grow in this, causing urinary tract infections. These can make your MS symptoms worse, and even trigger a relapse.

The usual treatment is for you to use catheters to empty your bladder properly. Some people find a vibrating device held near their bladder might also help it empty.

Managing day to day

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