Hi S. Washington:
This is probably one of the most embarrassing symptoms with MS. I've had MS for over 30 years and know where every bathroom is, in every department store, supermarket, mall, and restaurant. I made it my business to know, because I hate getting wet!! Then I got the doc to order Detrol (the Detrol LA was too strong for me and dried my mouth out to the point of getting mouth ulcers, so the regular Detrol is fine for me.)
Besides using POISE pads (in the beginning), I started to hit the bathroom on a schedule - every hour and a half worked for me. Try working a schedule out knowing your own body.
I am now up to Pull Ups (Depends, off brands, generics, etc.) and I have to self cath about twice a month now because I don't empty out completely, which is a culprit for UTI's. Before I got to this point though, I realized I was hitting the bathroom and within 10 to 15 minutes I had to go again.
That was the first sign of not emptying out completely. I used so ergonomic tricks for over 10 years to stave off cathing, and you can too.
It may sound silly and look absolutely absurd, but who cares, it works. More with females than males, but it works.
1. Relieve yourself in sitting position, as usual.
2. Bend forward to a 45 degree angle and hold for 60-90 secs. See if any urine releases. This works for only about 10% of MSers.
3. Lean to your right side lifting up left buttock. Hold for 60 seconds and release any urine. This works for more than 50% of MSers.
4. Lean to your left side, lifting up right buttock. Hold for 60 seconds and release any urine. This works for most MSers.
Believe me, this works. You will be good for at least two hours because you are empty. Try not to drink tea, coffee, juices, alcholic drinks, or energy drinks. Stick to water, no more than 3 sixteen ounces per day. Your body will adjust to the new intake. Milk is ok with meals, but limit quantity.
To make this ergonomic theory hit home for you, the next time you are in bed lying on your side, lie there for about an hour. Then roll to the other side. You will notice within 15 minutes you will have to get up and hit the bathroom. Body positioning is key to the above step program for it to work.
Self-catherization is the last resort....you don't want to go there if you don't have to.
I hope you try this out and Let us know how you are doing.