No matter how much I research MS, write about MS, and talk about MS as well as other health issues, I can still mis-read my own body signals and fail to go with the obvious. I am not a medical expert, but a fellow patient learning to live with this disease as best I can.
I’m not sure how many times a community member has come online to ask advice about a possible relapse. I usually tell them about pseudoexacerbations that can be caused by heat sensitivity or infection. And, I always suggest that they call their neurologist. I should listen to my own advice.
In my own case, I had initially considered UTI, but disregarded the possibility because the symptoms were not constant. I didn’t have a fever and didn’t ‘feel sick.’ I failed to refresh my memory and look up the common symptoms of a bladder infection which include:
• Cloudy or bloody urine, which may have a foul or strong odor.
• Low fever in some people.
• Pain or burning with urination.
• Pressure or cramping in the lower abdomen or back.
• Strong need to urinate often, even right after the bladder has been emptied.
My urine did not have any odor and I didn’t have a fever. The pain with urination was temporary and I didn’t have any cramping. My primary symptom, the strong urge to urinate, could easily be confused for MS-related bladder dysfunction.
So what have I learned from this experience? Don’t make assumptions about bladder symptoms. Always get tested, especially when it’s as simple as peeing in a cup.
Be well and I hope you are having a great summer!!
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Bladder Dysfunction and MS: Always Test for Infection Before Using Steroids