Bowel Problems

Bowel symptoms are a fairly common symptom for people with MS. Most individuals experience constipation or slow bowel, while a much smaller group report bowel incontinence (loss of bowel control) and diarrhea. These symptoms occur in MS when nerve impulses going to the intestinal tract are interrupted or delayed.

Treatments include behavior modification techniques such as drinking more fluids, establishing a schedule, increasing fiber intake, and exercising. Several medications are also available to assist with these symptoms. Those with MS who are having bowel symptoms are strongly encouraged to consult with a gastroenterologist who is experienced with treating individuals with MS.

How MS Affects the Bowel

Behavior Modification to Treat Bowel Issues

Medications for Bowel Problems

Updated in November 2023 by Dr. Barry Hendin, MSAA Chief Medical Officer

Original content by Marie A. Namey, APN, MSCN

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