Frequent Urination in Patients with MS can affect Sleep Quality
Frequent urination at night has been shown to disturb normal sleep patterns and leads to chronic day-time tiredness and poor-quality sleep. This has been shown in numerous studies.
Men and women with MS can develop what we call “neurogenic bladder” as part of their symptoms. These symptoms can vary from frequent urination to inability to urinate, depending on which parts of the nervous system are affected by MS in a particular patient.
Constant urgency and frequent urination can affect sleep quality (can also lead to urinary incontinence). Fortunately, a number of treatment options are available for “neurogenic bladder” including behavioral approaches, medications and neuromodulation with Interstim and percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation (Urgent PC). It is important for patients with MS not to ignore urinary symptoms as they may lead to significant complications long-term. All patients with active MS that affects the urinary tract should have regular urological care.
Dr. Alex Shteynshlyuger is a urologist specializing in treatment of urinary problems in men and women with multiple sclerosis. If you have any questions, to schedule a consultation or if you need a second opinion, please contact us.