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Continence is a sensitive and intimate issue, and is a more common symptom than you may think. Up to 80% of people living with multiple sclerosis may experience continence issues and many may choose not to talk about it and might miss out on the assistance they need. 


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MS Continence Advisor can meet with you to assess your needs and help you with this symptom. The continence assessment is all about looking into what products, treatments and other strategies will help you take control of your bowel and bladder issues.

This assessment comes under the ‘Activities of daily living’ support cluster in your NDIS plan. Our specialist continence facilities are based in our Blackburn VIC and Lidcombe NSW offices.

The NDIS is designed to help people with disability participate in activities of daily living – and one category of support is consumables, which assists you to purchase your continence equipment.

It’s important when considering your plan to know your continence needs. If you’ve never had a continence assessment, here are some questions to ask yourself...

  • Has your bladder function changed for the worse?

  • Are you confident to participate in social activities?

  • Do you regularly experience leakage of urine or uncontrollable loss of stool or gas from the bowel?

  • Are you constantly constipated?

  • Do you suffer from urinary tract infections?

  • Are you happy with the equipment you use to maintain continence? Is it easy to use and care for?

  • Does your catheter regularly block?

  • Is your skin free of excoriation?

If you experience any of the above issues, our MS Continence Nurse Advisor can assess you and advise you of the products that would best suit your needs.

Continence consultations can take place over the phone or face to face at the following VIC locations – Blackburn, Footscray, Watsonia and Geelong. Full continence assessments will take place at Blackburn.

To discuss your situation, contact MS Connect on 1800 042 138 and ask to speak with our MS Continence Advisor.

Why choose MS to help you with your continence issues:

  • Confidential service 

  • A registered nurse will provide you expert advice and understands the interplay between other symptoms of multiple sclerosis or progressive neurological diseases

  • You will receive a comprehensive assessment using advanced medical equipment 

  • We can refer you to other services which may also be covered by the NDIS or our own support services 

  • We have specialist knowledge in progressive neurological conditions including multiple sclerosis, so you don’t need to spend time explaining yourself – we already get it!

  • The service is offered in two locations: Lidcombe NSW and Blackburn, Victoria 

Here are some general health tips to help you from our Nutrition - Eat Well Live Well section:

  • Maintain your fluid intake and still try to get 1.5-2 litres (6-8 glasses of fluid) each day.

  • Spread your drinks evenly through the day.

  • Limit or avoid drinks that contain caffeine such as tea, coffee, hot chocolate, cola and some soft drinks / energy drinks.  Caffeine can irritate the bladder and it is a diuretic. This means it will increase how often you need to empty your bladder and will generally increase the amount of urine you produce which can contribute to a dehydrating effect. 

Cutting down your daily coffee intake from three to one may help you see a significant reduction in the frequency of how often you are visiting the bathroom.  Similarly if you drink tea consider reducing the number of cups you have per day. Tea has tannins present which can also affect your frequency to the bathroom.

  • Limit or avoid alcoholic drinks as these are dehydrating (alcohol is a diuretic) and stimulate the bladder contributing to urgency. Especially white wine.

  • Avoid acidic fruit and juices such as tomatoes, lemons, lime, grapefruit and oranges.  These seem to make bladder irritation worse.

  • Limit spicy foods such as curry, chilli pepper and cayenne pepper.

  • Keep a bladder and food and drink diary to discover what your specific triggers are.

  • Don't reduce your fluid intake if you have a bladder control problem, as this will concentrate your urine and make the problem worse.

  • Don't suffer in silence. Make an appointment and see your G.P., Continence nurse, Neurologist or treatment team as there is a lot they can do to help.


Enjoy plenty of...

Limit or avoid...

  • Herbal teas such as peppermint, chamomile, liquorice, rose hip.
  • High water content food  such as water melon, lettuce, cucumber, leafy greens, broccoli and juicy fruits.
  • Drinks which contain caffeine: such as tea, coffee, hot chocolate, cola and some soft drinks/ energy drinks.
  • Highly coloured drinks.
  • Fruit juices such as tomato, lemon, lime, grapefruit and orange juice.
  • Spicy foods such as curry, chilli pepper and cayenne pepper.

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