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My understanding is that bladder and bowel problems are considered common symptoms of MS (among many others - fatigue, depression, pain, visual loss/disturbance, unsteadiness, dizziness, numbness, tingling, general weakness, etc.).

As far as bladder/bowel problems go, I think it can be all sorts - frequent urination, urgency in urination, hesitation and/or only being able to go a little, urinary infections, constipation or diarrhea and incontinence. I think it pretty much covers the range and can be quite different person to person.

My personal experience is that I used to (pre-MS) be more likely to be constipated if anything. Lately, it's been the opposite. Part of my MS seems to be a delicate stomach and bouts of diarrhea. Luckily, it hasn't crossed over to incontinence. But I think that if this is a new thing for you and you're also having other MS-type symptoms that maybe you should start keeping a journal and tracking it. Even if it's not MS, a journal of symptoms and their frequency could help sort out what it is - obviously being incontinent is something that needs medical attention no matter what the underlying problem is.

P.S. No need to be embarrassed! Trying to figure out what's going on with your body is responsible and proactive - not something to be embarrassed about. We're all here to do just the same : )

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