Is insomnia a common issue with MS patients? I can't sleep to save my soul at night. Also, how common is bowel incontinence? Seem to have "troubles" at night when I can sleep. Not sure what to do about it?
We written a great deal on insomnia in MS. Please try our search engine (upper right corner of this page) to look for prior blogs and answers to user questions on this issue. Just search for sleep problems or insomnia. This will help you get started on addressing this issue. You will need to have your doctor or a sleep specialist take a good sleep history and possibly do some diagnostic studies to determine the main cause of your insomnia. http://www.healthcarejourney.com/apps/search?q=sleep
Bowel incontinence is far less common that urinary incontinence in MS and tends to occur in more disabled patients. You need to see you doctor for a good history and exam that includes a rectal exam. Occasionally, your doctor will need to send you to a gastroenterologist who specializes in gastric motility problems. http://www.healthcarejourney.com/bowel-dysfunction.html
Revere (Rip) Kinkel MD
Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Program
Professor of Clinical Neurosciences
University of California San Diego