It is considered embarrassing, and many patients hesitate to even mention it to healthcare providers, family and friends. Unfortunately, bladder control issues are very common with MS patients, and the good news is, there are new innovations to help combat this life-altering issue, including medications such as oxybutynin (See info here) as well as cutting edge protection products.
According to the National MS Society, Bladder dysfunction, which occurs in at least 80 percent of people with MS, happens when MS lesions block or delay transmission of nerve signals in areas of the central nervous system (CNS) that control the bladder and urinary sphincters. A spastic (overactive) bladder that is unable to hold the normal amount of urine, or a bladder that does not empty properly and retains some urine in it can cause symptoms including:
- Frequency and/or urgency of urination
- Hesitancy in starting urination
- Frequent nighttime urination (nocturia)
- Incontinence (the inability to hold in urine)
- Inability to empty the bladder completely
With 80% of MS patients experiencing these issues, it is important that we discuss it openly in order to receive help. These issues can be truly life-altering, and can even cause patients to hesitate to leave the house for fear of having an episode of leakage or incontinence. The products available to cope with urinary leakage are far from ideal, and can be bulky and "diaper-like" to wear.
I was recently made aware of a new product made by a company by the name of Wearever. These garments look and feel exactly like underwear, are available in dozens of colors and styles, and are available in nighttime versions with more protection, and daytime options for lighter protection. They are capable of being washed up to 250 times, and save a tremendous amount of time and money. I consider these to be more environmentally safe, as well, saving a large amount of landfill space that would be taken up by 250 disposable pads or garments.
For the month of June, Wearever has partnered with the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, and has agreed to donate 1$ from every purchase to the foundation. If you are searching for an economical, comfortable, and discreet bladder leakage garment, check out the site this month, and help the MS cause at the same time. Information about both Wearever and the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation is below:
About the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation:
Established in 1986, the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation provides a comprehensive approach to helping people with MS maintain their health and well-being. The non-profit organization offers programming and support to keep people with MS self-sufficient and their homes safe, while its educational programs heighten public awareness and promote understanding about the disease. MSF resources assist people who have MS, their families and caregivers, regional support groups, and healthcare professionals. Access to its programs and services is available through its interactive web site or national, toll-free helpline staffed by caring caseworkers and peer counselors. To learn more, visit www.msfocus.org/.
The Wearever® brand offers comfortable, quality, affordable and stylish apparel solutions for everyday health and wellness concerns. The men’s and women’s underwear line of washable, reusable urinary incontinence panties and briefs is especially beneficial for active individuals who want to continue their normal lifestyle without worry or emotional stress resulting from urinary incontinence. Additionally, Wearever offers incontinence bedding products as well as Buster Brown® socks. Wearever is produced and distributed by Prime Life Fibers®, a Durham, North Carolina-based apparel company founded in 2002 by Bob Deerin. To learn more, visit www.WeareverIncontinence.com.
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