National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Constipation is a particular concern among people living with MS, as is loss of control of the bowels. Diarrhea and other problems of the stomach and bowels also can occur. Bowel dysfunction can cause a great deal of discomfort and humiliation, and can aggravate other MS symptoms such as spasticity or bladder dysfunction. Causes of constipation include:
Loss of bowel control in MS could be neurologic in origin (or related to constipation) and should be evaluated by a physician or nurse.
A healthcare provider can help establish an effective bowel management program. Occasionally, it might be necessary to consult a gastroenterologist, a physician specializing in the stomach and bowel.
Bowel regularity generally can be maintained by following a few simple guidelines:
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