World Multiple Sclerosis Day 2024

Every year on 30 May, World Multiple Sclerosis Day helps to raise awareness of this chronic disease that affects more than 2.8 million people worldwide. The theme for World MS Day 2024 is ‘My MS Diagnosis: Navigating MS together’. How does Teleflex Urology Care relate to multiple sclerosis?

World Multiple Sclerosis Day 2024

World MS Day is an initiative of the Multiple Sclerosis International Federation (MSIF) and was first launched in 2009. The day aims to raise global awareness of multiple sclerosis and to support people affected by this neurological disease, to recognise the challenges associated with MS and to celebrate advances in treatment and research.

MS – What is multiple sclerosis?
Multiple sclerosis, often referred to as MS, is a chronic disease of the central nervous system that affects the brain and spinal cord. The immune system mistakenly attacks the myelin sheaths that surround and protect nerve fibres. This causes inflammation, which can disrupt communication between the brain and the rest of the body. This can lead to a wide range of symptoms – from fatigue to problems with coordination, impaired vision or voiding dysfunction.

The cause of MS is unknown and there is currently no cure, but there are treatment options that can help to alleviate the symptoms and improve quality of life.

Goals of World MS Day
People with multiple sclerosis are at the centre of everyday life, but have to overcome obstacles caused by the disease – with visible, but often also invisible symptoms. The many different manifestations of the disease affect the professional and social environment, self-determination and equal opportunities.

The International MS Society and national multiple sclerosis societies aim to inform the general public about what it means to live with multiple sclerosis and to raise awareness of the disease each year on World MS Day.

Living with MS: Urological effects and bladder management
Urological effects such as a strong urge to urinate, uncontrolled loss of urine, voiding dysfunction and infections are among the most common symptoms of multiple sclerosis. These conditions affect the daily life and quality of life of those affected.

Indications for bladder catheterisation in multiple sclerosis include a motor overactive bladder with or without pronounced detrusor-sphincter dyssynergia or peripheral bladder paralysis. In cases of incomplete emptying of the bladder, intermittent catheterisation offers independence in bladder management. Intermittent catheterisation can therefore help to improve bladder function and quality of life.

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