MS Monday: Week of 7/9 – Multiple Sclerosis News

According to an Australian research study, Botox has been found effective in reducing tremors in patients with MS. Yes Botox, the drug that does everything from helping women look younger to curbing excess sweating, can now help MS patients.

In fact, UroMed recently offered a continuing education course for medical professionals about the use of Botox for MS treatment. See the article here.

While that’s all well and good for those who suffer from tremors, what about other symptoms? Fatigue? Bladder issues? Walking and coordination problems?

Let’s have a look at some treatments that are available for these issues.

Fatigue

Fatigue has been noted as the most common symptom of MS. The National MS Society believes that a certain type of fatigue, lassitude, is associated with MS. The symptoms include:

  • Generally occurs on a daily basis
  • May occur early in the morning, even after a restful night’s sleep
  • Tends to worsen as the day progresses
  • Tends to be aggravated by heat and humidity
  • Comes on easily and suddenly
  • Is generally more severe than normal fatigue
  • Is more likely to interfere with daily responsibilities
  • MS-related fatigue does not appear to be directly correlated with either depression or the degree of physical impairment.

(National MS Society)

The treatment for this type of fatigue can include:

  • Occupational therapy to simplify tasks at work and home.
  • Physical therapy to learn energy-saving ways of walking (with or without assistive devices) and performing other daily tasks, and to develop a regular exercise program.
  • Sleep regulation, which might involve treating other MS symptoms that interfere with sleep (e.g., spasticity, urinary problems) and using sleep medications on a short-term basis.
  • Psychological interventions, such as stress management, relaxation training, membership in a support group, or psychotherapy.
  • Heat management—strategies to avoid overheating and to cool down.
  • Medications—amantadine hydrochloride (Symmetrel®) and modafinil (Provigil®) are the most commonly prescribed. While neither is approved specifically by the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of MS-related fatigue, each has demonstrated some benefit in clinical trials.

(National MS Society)

Bladder Dysfunction

Bladder dysfunction occurs in 80% of MS patients and can be successfully controlled with the right treatments. These treatments can include diet changes, medication and catheterization.

Diet Changes

WebMD offers the following suggestions for diet changes:

  • Reduce the amount of fluids you drink if you drink more than 2 quarts (1.89 L) daily
  • Reduce or eliminate caffeine-containing drinks, such as coffee, tea, and soda, from your diet
  • Do not drink more than one alcoholic drink per day

Medication

Several prescription medications are available to treat bladder dysfunction. They include:

  • darefenasin (Enablex®)
  • fesoterodine (Toviaz®)
  • oxybutynin (Ditropan®, Ditropan XL®,
  • solifenacin succinate (Vesicare®)
  • tolterodine (Detrol® and Detrol LA®)
  • trospium chloride (Sanctura®)

Be sure to ask your doctor for more information on bladder control medication. 

Catheterization

A catheter is a thin hollow tube that is inserted into the urethra to void the bladder and can help prevent incontinence. Some people think catheterization is taboo and painful (it’s not!), but it can really help you regain your independence. If you are interesting in learning more about catheterization, UroMed can help. Visit our website at www.uromed.com or call us at 800-841-1233.

 

Gait and Coordination

Problems with walking (gait) and coordination are common for those with MS and include weakness, loss of balance and spasticity. To offset these effects, exercise, stretching and using assistive devices such as canes, walkers or braces can help. Physical therapy and medications can also help. In 2010, Ampyra was approved by the FDA to help with walking speed and muscle strength.

Disclaimer: This blog is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Be sure to discuss this information and any medication with your doctor.

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About UroMed Catheters
Headquartered in Suwanee, GA [a suburb of Atlanta], UroMed is one of the nation’s leading providers of single-use catheters, urological and disposable medical supplies, including intermittent catheters, closed system catheters, condom catheters, pediatric catheters and continence care products. UroMed is nationally accredited for Medicare reimbursement and most state Medicaid plans, and partners with private health insurance providers and health plans to provide patients with single-use catheters, catheter kits and incontinence products. UroMed also has seven staffed regional offices located in Boston, MA; Columbia, SC; Jacksonville, FL; Dallas, TX; Carlsbad, CA; Knoxville, TN; Richmond, VA; and Baton Rouge, LA; enabling next-day delivery after a customer’s initial medical supply order. For more information, please visit http://www.uromed.com or call 1-800-841-1233.

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