vesta wrote:One can buy an electric stimulator TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulator) by mail for about $50 plus extra for pads, and treat oneself.
I have a TENS unit, but do not know the frequency or wave-form found to be efficacious in the PTNS published result, also the needle for the technique is inserted quite deep into the lower shin to be in close proximity to the tibial nerve, so I am not interested in experimenting with doing this myself. It isn't pleasant if the needle accidently hits the tibial nerve.
I've had many acupuncture treatments for many MS symptoms over the years, but have never felt any long-lasting benefit or change in disease progression (this has become increasingly evident as MS and its symptoms have progressed and become more of a problem for me). Also, insurance coverage is spotty for acupuncture, and is non-existent now that I'm on Medicare. I have never experimented with acupressure treatments.
Blossom, I last received PTNS treatments from a urologist in my area, he was trained by the company that markets the PTNS device, and was very familiar with the potential benefits to be had for over-active bladder problems.
I am currently working with an MD who specializes in functional medicine and is trained as an acupuncturist, she has the necessary equipment and has been in contact with other doctors to obtain the specs for this form of treatment. She is also willing to teach me to do these treatments on myself using a TENS unit, so this may happen at some point in the future. Time will tell.
ljelome wrote:And for the urine retention, i found that the urinating position is also important. I found squatting is a more effective position for me and then give yourself time to stand up for a couple minutes (i usually have to stimulate my bladder by pressing my stomach, i do it several times when i am standing) n then i go squat again while trying to urinate. I repeat these movements until no more urine can go out.
ljelome, you are lucky to have found a technique to use to empty the bladder. I also use the manual pressure technique to start flow, but I am not able to fully empty my bladder without using a catheter, which I use when I first wake up and before going to bed. I typically retain about 120 ml of urine even after emptying as much as I can by jumping up and down and using manual pressure.