So I did a round of steroids last week. They really didn’t do anything but I was holding out hope. While on them I notice a burning while peeing. A UTI, fun times I tell ya.
With us MSers UTI’s are a thing a dangerous thing. They are common to us because our bladder doesn’t empty completely. This happens to me a lot. Causing me to always feel like I have to pee. It bites and can be painful, the painful part is a pain in the ass. But it being dangerous is more unnerving than anything.
Why UTIs Are More Serious if You Have MS
If left untreated, the bacteria can pass from the bladder up the ureters and into the kidneys, leading to a far more serious infection. In fact, UTIs are the most common reason for people with MS to be admitted to the hospital. Unfortunately, even a mild bladder infection can trigger a cascade of inflammation within the body, aggravating spasticity, and causing a relapse. In addition to this, the relapse may be more severe than usual and last longer. For this reason, recurrent infections may even be associated with the progression of neurological symptoms. Because of all of this, it’s important not to dismiss bladder changes or even blame feeling tired as “just another annoying MS symptom.”
Urinary tract infections: MS almost always creates havoc with bowel and/or bladder function. It doesn’t take much for a UTI to develop from urinary retention, frequency or urgency – all very common problems with MS. UTI’s are known to cause pseudo-exacerbations, and if left untreated, a UTI can quickly turn into sepsis – an infection in the blood stream that can harm our internal organs and cause death. Sepsis must be treated quickly and aggressively, and it requires the patient to be able to articulate the problems they feel in their body long before they become apparent to a doctor..
Above was part of an article written by Laura Kolaczkowski regarding the death of Annette Funicello
With all of that we have to be super vigilant about making sure we keep clear of these. With nerve damage it’s hard to Gauge. I personally wait until it becomes serious enough to require antibiotics as well as steroids. If I was more on top of it, I wouldn’t require steroids as well as antibiotics . Do as I say not as I do and all that jazz.
So I did last weeks steroids and then realized maybe this burning while I pee is the reason I’m flaring. Mind you this has happened in the past. I do know better.
My dr gave me meds for both. The steroids are starting to work and I’m on the mend.
I’m hoping I can rehab enough, not to have to depend on my walker. The cane is crippled enough for this girl. I will push through this BS as I always do. With a smile on my face and my head held high.
My kids always joke that I’m a G (gangster). I always want to be that woman in their eyes. The gangster that never quit. I hope I can always keep up the front. It’s important that they have a strong role model. I always want to be that for them.
So here I am being a G like always and keeping on with the keeping on.
My group is doing great. Did a live feed with my girl graceful not. Love her. She’s a wild woman,much like myself. I truly think we’re doing good things in the group. Bringing laughter and inspiration to others is a worthy cause if ever there was. The ever faithful public servant. Trying to do my part in this crazy world. Just because I’m for all intents and purposes a recluse doesn’t mean I can’t be a productive member of society.
I end this entry with do a good deed, it’s a great feeling. Happy Thursday folks.