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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Incontinence and multiple sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is an inflammatory disease of the central nervous system. It appears in various forms. 2.5 million people around the world are suspected that he suffers from multiple sclerosis. The disease is commonly found in older persons 15-50 years. Since then, multiple sclerosis impairs muscular coordination and strength; more often it leads to urinary incontinence. According to statistics, 50% to 90% of patients with multiple sclerosis will suffer from bladder dysfunction during the whole of the disease.

Incontinence and the nervous system

The nervous system sends signals through the nerves to the coordinated functioning of the muscles. Posts by people with visual disabilities can cause your muscles to work in harmony with other muscles. This could lead to a malfunction of an organ. Normal urination, relax the Detrusor muscle, commonly known as the bladder muscles contract and sphincter allows for storage of urine in the bladder. When the bladder is full, the nerves in the bladder sends a signal to the brain to do so. The brain then signals the Detrusor muscle to contract the sphincter muscles to relax so that the urine is eliminated. Incontinence is the result of bad or poor coordination between the nerve signals.

Multiple sclerosis and incontinence
You can approach your doctor when faced with incontinence. A correct diagnosis will help get the correct line of treatment. You can find the following problems caused by the nervous system, suffering from multiple sclerosis.

A malfunctioning or damaged nerve may send a wrong signal to the brain prompting it to release urine, even when there is little urine in the bladder. This could lead to dribbling of the urine before you make it to the WC.

You may feel the urge to empty your bladder even when it is not full. In addition, you may not be able to empty it if the sphincter muscles do not relax.

Diagnosis of the Condition
It is important to get a proper diagnosis done to arrive at the right cause of the problem. Your doctor may have an x-ray of your bladder done soon after you empty it to determine if there is any residual urine in the bladder. Alternately, your doctor may insert a thin catheter into the bladder to see if the bladder is completely empty after urination.

Treatment
Your treatment will be aimed at restoring continence, while removing the symptoms leading to incontinence. The doctor may suggest the line of treatment after the diagnosis. If the problem lies with a stressed bladder, medication to relax the bladder will be prescribed to allow normal build up of urine. If you have difficulty in urine release, you may have to insert a catheter into the urethral opening a number of times during the day. If you have a combination of both the problems, then you will have to undergo both the treatments simultaneously.

Multiple sclerosis is often unpredictable, where symptoms may flare up or subside. Thus, the treatment will have to alter accordingly. A certain degree of flexibility will be in order, where prescription medicine is concerned.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Patients with diabetes and foot problems

As diabetes comes to dominate the nation's health system, you can count on the number of foot problems that require medical treatment Podiatrist to increase as well.

The American Diabetes Association advises that 23.6 million children and adults in the United States had diabetes in 2007, almost eight percent of the population of the United States and a number that increases every year as obesity and related health problems increased. In addition, the Association reported that 17.9 million people were diagnosed with diabetes that year, while 5.7 million people have been diagnosed. The Association says that 57 million are pre-diabetic. Consequence of diabetes that is not as well known in the general population is the foot pain and foot problems that can often occur in diabetic patients.

Many diabetics are afflicted with a variety of problems in the feet, severe pain numbness, inability to feel no pain in the bottom of the foot. (We know that a diabetic who walked barefoot for the back yard of his house in the desert in the summer, only to discover when he returned inside and he had burned the skin on the bottom of his feet.) He had not heard such a thing!)

There are generally four different types of foot pain, the most common being when the nerves in your foot or on the foot's skin have been affected. This is called peripheral neuropathy and it takes the form of three different sub neuropathies, autonomic, motor and sensory.

Sensory is the most common and its symptoms are such that even gently pulling on your socks or just touching your feet can cause excruciating pain. Sensory neuropathy also can give you stabbing pain, burning, tingling and numbness.

If you find you have a lot of foot pain, first check your blood sugar levels and make sure they are where they should be.

If you suffer from autonomic neuropathy you may find that your diabetes has altered how and when you sweat, so you may find your feet are dry or cracked and that they have build up large calluses and thickened nails.

Motor neuropathy affects your muscles; they become achy and weak and while your feet muscles probably will be the last affected in this case, you may find your balance is off or shaky.