Bladder Spasm in Multiple Sclerosis

Bladder spasms are often the first symptom of multiple sclerosis. Multiple sclerosis can cause nerve signals to the bladder and urinary sphincter to be blocked, which causes the bladder to contract or spasm. Your health care provider may recommend the use of medications such as oxybutynin to reduce your bladder spasms.

Fast Facts:

  • Bladder spasms can lead to overactive bladder, which affects up to 80% of all people with multiple sclerosis.
  • Your health care provider may perform a urodynamic assessment to develop a treatment plan for bladder spasms.
  • Bladder spasms left untreated can lead to a decrease in normal daily activities.