Bowel Dysfunction in MS is Common


As the is more damage in the spinal cord then the innervation between the gut and central nervous sytem becomes damaged to and this may result in bowel dysfunction

Prevalence and predictors of bowel dysfunction in a large multiple sclerosis outpatient population: an Italian multicenter study.Alvino B, Arianna F, Assunta B, Antonio C, Emanuele D, Giorgia M, Leonardo S, Daniele S, Renato D, Buscarinu MC, Massimiliano M, Crisafulli SG, Aurora Z, Gabri Nicoletti C, Marco S, Viola B, Francesco P, Marfia AG, Grazia S, Valentina S, Davide O, Giovanni S, Gioacchino T, Gallo A.J Neurol. 2021 Aug 4. doi: 10.1007/s00415-021-10737-w.

Introduction: Bowel dysfunction (BD) is reported as a common and disabling symptom in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. To date, no studies have explored the prevalence of these symptoms in a large multicenter outpatient setting. The aims of the present study are to assess: (i) the prevalence of BD in a large multicenter Italian MS population, and (ii) the correlation between clinico-demographic variables and the severity of BD.

Methods: Each of the nine participating center screened MS patients prospectively: 1100 subjects were enrolled. All patients underwent the Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) and completed the Neurogenic Bowel Dysfunction score (NBDs). Multivariable linear and logistic regression models were used to assess the association between NBDs and several clinico-demographic variables.

Results: Fourteen percent of MS patients showed a moderate/severe BD (NBDs > 10); this percentage increased in patients with high disability, ranging from 26 to 32%. Moderate/severe BD was more frequent in MS patients with: progressive phenotypes, higher disability, older age, and longer disease duration. NBDs severity was predicted by female sex, ambulation impairment and bladder symptoms.

Conclusion: This study confirms the relatively high prevalence of moderate/severe BD in a large, multicenter, unselected, outpatient MS population. BD appears to be mainly associated to female sex and MS-related disability.

Disclaimer: Please note that the opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not reflect the positions of the Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry nor Barts Health NHS Trust or Queen Mary Univeristy of London.

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  • Ehhh wheelchair ?!!

    I know lots of people in a wheelchair w/o MS, but other neuro diseases.

    I guess there is boweltrouble with about 100% of us wheelchair users in general.

    That’s why we need to keep moving while we still can. Fysiotherapy for example.

    • The jogging stimulates the digestion and elimination process. I get this with brisk walking too. It’s all natural but for pwMS we may have weekness in our bowels due to nerve damage, so we can’t hold it for long.

      Have you tried jogging after a bowel movement?

    • Some foods pass through the body quicker than others. Try eating different carbs and vegetables to see if there’s any difference in bowel problems.

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