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how would i know if i had interstitial cystitis?

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Dr. Raj Singh
Internal Medicine 11 years experience
Extensive tests: This is a diagnosis of exclusion which means extensive work is needed to arrive at this diagnosis. Interstitial cystitis is a disease which affects young women and causes chronic pelvic pain, increased frequency of urination (20-40 times/day), painful intercourse.
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
? from symptoms: You could suspect ic from symptoms of bladder pain relieved by voiding. Urinary frequency. Pain following acid urine producing foods or beverages (like oj). Small amounts of blood in urine. Symptoms worse with stress and anxiety. Then see a urologist with interest in ic for confirmation. Check www.Interstitialcystitisassociation.Com website.
Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Your doc can help: Often interstitial cystitis (ic) and bladder infection have similar symptoms, but ic has an insidious onset (slowly) and often more severe pain. Urinalysis/cultures r easily done to make sure no infections/std etc...Also, vaginitis/urethritis can cause similar symptoms as well. It is best evaluated by your doc...Good luck.
Dr. Betsy Greenleaf
Gynecology 23 years experience
InterstitialCystitis: It is a chronic inflammatory condition of the bladder. There is no clear cut knowledge of what causes this condition. Theories have been autoimmune, diet, allergies, inflammatory conditions Resources: http://kidney.niddk.nih.gov/kudiseases/pubs/interstitialcystitis/ www.ichelp.org www.ic-network.com Diagnosis can be made by urogynecologist or urologist
Dr. John Feola
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
CYSTOSCOPY: CYSTOSCOPY which is direct visualization of the bladder by a urologist. The bladder will have many microscopic nicks and tears . It can be very tough to treat. I recommend focus on hydration 60-80 oz water/dy. monitoring urine PH to keep at level 7.4-7.6(pHion.com). Meds that are effective Zyrtec (cetirizine) /Zantac /Singulair &tramadol. Also in stilling bladder with dmso.

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