Therese Burke has been working as a Clinical Nurse Consultant in MS for over 10 years and as a researcher in the MS field for over 15 years and is based in a major Sydney Hospital. Therese is currently working on a PhD centred around what it feels like for people living with RRMS (relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis) in the modern day with so much information, so many treatments and so many choices. Therese has a passion for educating people and families living with MS, particularly at the start of the journey and has co-authored an international paper on the evolving role of the MS Nurse.
Continence and MS
Written by Therese Burke
Reproduced with the kind permission of Link, from their magazine's October 2019 issue.
Continence refers to the ability to voluntarily control your own bladder or bowel; while incontinence is the inability to control these functions. A large part of personal care in living with all forms of multiple sclerosis (MS) is considering issues around continence, both urinary (bladder) and faecal (bowel) continence.
Little continence issues can easily become big continence issues, so early intervention is key.
For more info, read our symptom sheet on Continence Care