12832842 tn?1448728801

Bladder relapse vs symptomatic

Last August I had a relapse. New symptoms.. About a month start to finish. Stated with the usual urgency- gaining in pain- then finally subsided. Basically pushed through it. Since then... In the bladder area... All good.
Until today ( hopefully not speaking too soon) ... Had about 2-3 weeks of the bladder retaining and not being able to void completely. No pain.. But managed to contract an infection ( uti im thinking) ( odor in urine mostly)...which subsided on its own. ( I wasn't taking cranberry tablets daily like I had been. I am now though as its proven to " stick " to the wall of the bladder where bacteria then breaks down. ) and I'm just moving a lot. Busy.... I'm a terrible water drinker.
SO. My question .....
Is this a relapse ? Or just aggravation of old symptoms from my relapse that acted up?  

- new symptom?  No.
- worsening of previous symptom-   no. ( unless you count the uti)
- more than 24 hours?-   Yes.
What do you think? I have an mri scheduled next week as its been 8 months. I'm assuming lesions will show if this was considered an albeit small, relapse.
I do hope the Copaxone is working. I know I need to be open to what will be. Just get scared.
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14117157 tn?1452054966
It is so hard to know isn't it! I've only had one attack so far and some of my symptoms (mainly tingling) come back every now and then which i think is just lasting damage.. but the other day i starting getting stabbing pains in my foot! Only once or twice a day but has been happening for a week, i have been having the same thoughts, is this another 'attack'?? It feels pretty mild for an attack but also had fatigue....

Anyway enough about me, the point of writing that was to say i understand the confusion and being scared and to me it sounds like something is definitely going on for you! I hope your upcoming MRI gives you some clarity but at the end of the day if you feel something isn't right then it probably isn't, take care and look after yourself.

2063887 tn?1337829746
UTI's make my past symptoms show up again.  The good thing is they go away fairly fast after the antibiotics start to kick in.  Taking cranberry definitely helps.  I don't know why I occasionally stop taking it because I get an infection every time I do.

Good luck!
12832842 tn?1448728801
Thank you girls.. The uti came on after the symptoms.. Ugh. I don't know. It s confusing but I guess I'll know with the upcoming mri. I guess I'm just looking for anyone's ideas as to what they think based on their experiences.
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Trying to figure out if its a relapse or not is the hardest part early on. My neuro only wanted me to contact him if it was a major relapse.

Your best bet is to ask your neuro what they think. If nothing else, your file gets updated and you get peace of mind.

Avatar universal
I too wonder about the relapse thing. I have been having bladder issues since before my dx. I take 500mg of cranmax everyday and it is time released. I think it really helps. I feel like now my bladder issues are more of a symptom of my MS.
If I do get a UTI I feel run down and like maybe a relapse is starting because other symptoms will start up again too. Like face tingling, foot burning and pain in right foot. It's so hard to tell.
Regards, barb
12832842 tn?1448728801
Ok! I think your right. It may just be my new way of life. I need to be diligent with water intake/ cranberry.. Ect.
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