5 Important Facts About Interstitial Cystitis

5 Important Facts About Interstitial Cystitis


Interstitial Cystitis

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Interstitial Cystitis is an inflammatory illness that can cause ulceration of the bladder, along with bleeding of the lining. This can, in turn, lead to a permanent scarring and hardening of the bladder. Symptoms can appear and disappear and also vary in their intensity. The exact cause of IC is currently unknown. Some research points to a weak or abnormal bladder lining. The symptoms include:

  • Frequent urination
  • Pelvic pain
  • Urge to go

Diagnosing this condition can be challenging and often requires a specialist, such as a skilled urologist. Your doctor will start by eliminating other conditions that could be responsible for the symptoms. A urine test will also be done, along with a pelvic exam.

Treatment Options

Heparinoid drugs can assist in restoring the integrity of the lining of the bladder, but there are several oral medications that can be taken to alleviate symptoms, pain and discomfort. Drug therapy for bladder distension may provide relief for some patients. Your doctor takes into account many factors when creating a treatment plan that is customized to your health, age, and medical history.

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These five (5) important facts about Interstitial Cystitis are very helpful to know:

  1. A healthy, wholesome diet can help to lessen symptoms, pain and suffering. Some foods do intensify the pain. It’s best to recognize those and eliminate them from your diet altogether.
  2. In women, symptoms often worsen during the menstrual cycle.
  3. Since the symptoms can vary so greatly, some doctors now believe that IC is actually several different diseases.
  4. IC is often referred to as “Bladder Pain Syndrome” because many cases do not fit the standard normal illness profile.
  5. Urinary stones and bladder infections can be misdiagnosed as IC or BPS.

If you sometimes experience any of the symptoms mentioned above, then see your urologist right away. The condition and its symptoms can now be treated and managed quite well, but early diagnosis is important. Your doctor will run the appropriate tests and then diagnose the problem, presenting you with all the treatment options available.

Interstitial Cystitis