Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic autoimmune disease affecting the central nervous system, specifically the brain and spinal cord. It can result in a wide array of symptoms, such as impaired mobility, cognitive difficulties, and sensory issues. The disease is often characterized by unpredictable relapses and remissions, leading to varying levels of disability over time.
Common Challenges for patients
Bladder and bowel dysfunction is a common issue, which may manifest as urinary and fecal incontinence or the inability to empty the bladder fully. Cognitive impairments may include memory lapses, attention deficits, and struggles with multitasking. On the emotional front, depression, mood swings, and irritability are frequently reported. Finally, sensory issues such as numbness, tingling, and pain can greatly affect quality of life.
When it comes to catheterization, there are several options suitable for those living with MS. Intermittent catheters are single-use and ideal for those who have retained some level of bladder control but still need help with emptying. Hydrophilic catheters are pre-lubricated to provide a smoother, more comfortable experience.