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What health problems can result from MS-related urinary urgency?

Urinary urgency is a very common primary symptom of multiple sclerosis (MS). It can be caused by a bladder that is triggered to empty even if a very small amount of urine is present, or a bladder that overfills and does not empty completely. When the bladder fails to empty, the remaining urine, called residual, can cause an infection.

The urinary tract infection (UTI) that can result is a secondary symptom or complication of urgency related to urinary retention. UTI symptoms include: pain or pressure over the bladder or in the groin, pain when urinating, increased urgency and frequency, a strong odor to the urine, increased fatigue, fever, and chills.

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