Living Well with urinary and bowel symptoms

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An online facilitated information session by speakers and staff. Opportunity to get involved with a research study

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Changes to continence can be a common symptom of MS, but with the right information and support, this invisible symptom of MS can be managed. This information session explores various bladder and bowel symptoms that people with MS may experience. It also provides practical advice on ways to self-manage these symptoms, as well as seeking treatment.

We will be joined by Doreen McClurg who is a physiotherapist and has worked for many years helping patients with such symptoms as urgency, incontinence or poor bladder emptying as well as constipation and faecal incontinence. She has focussed more recently on those who also have MS and have undertaken some research studies e.g. how to make it easier for patients to learn how to use an intermittent catheter, or use abdominal massage for constipation in people with MS.

Also joining the session is Brenda Bain a physiotherapist and Sylvia Dickson an experienced researcher. They are based at Glasgow Caledonian University. They will be providing a short talk on why people with MS are more prone to bladder and bowel problems, suggest some things that may help and then there will be an opportunity to ask questions.

We will also be able to tell you about an exciting research project we have recently brought to Scotland. The MultICath trial aims to increase options for intermittent catheter users by finding safe and convenient ways of re-using catheters.

Please do think about ‘attending’ even if you don’t have problems at the moment, there are some things you can do which may prevent them from developing. If you want more information please contact one of us:-

Sylvia Dickson, 0141 331 8106,

Brenda Bain, 0141 331 3223,

Doreen McClurg, 07896435578,

What do you need to take part?

All you need to join in is a laptop/tablet/phone/computer with a stable internet connection to use Zoom, the video meeting software that we use.

How do I join the webinar?

Before the event, we will send you an email that will have a link to the webinar which is held via Zoom. At the time the webinar is due to start, click on the link and you will be taken to the webinar. If the session hasn’t started you will see a message to tell you this. Just hang on and when the session starts you will see the panel of 'experts' and hosts of the session pop up on your screen.

What if I haven’t been sent the link

We send an email with a link to everyone who completes the registration form on Eventbrite and books a place. The email we send might go into your SPAM or junk folder so please check before the sessions start that you can find it.

When I join the webinar can other people see or hear me?

Yes, if you choose to have your camera and microphone on. You are welcome to join the session with both off and listen/use the chat written function if this is your preference.

Can I ask questions?

Yes, you can either submit your questions prior to the session but you will also have the opportunity to chat / question during the session. Please note we can’t respond or offer advice to questions about your specific circumstances or anything relating to your own personal health.

What should I do if I can no longer attend?

If you find that you are unable to take part or would like further information please get in touch at or 0131 335 4050

This is part of our Living Well with MS project. Funding for this project has been provided by the Self Management Fund for Scotland administered on behalf of the Scottish Government by the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE) with support from the William Grant Foundation

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