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A 39-year-old female asked:

I've had a cystoscopy to rule out interstitial cystitis but am still having chronic pain in the abdomen and through the urethra as well as into my vaginal area. i feel the need to urinate frequently and am still seeing doctors to try to figure this out.

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Dr. Joe Littlejohn
Urology 26 years experience
InterstitialCystitis: Ic is a clinical diagnosis(dx) and a DX of exclusion. This means that if the symptom of pelvic pain, worse with a full bladder and alleviated by bladder emptying, is present, then diagnostics including cystoscopy can be used to rule out other potential causes of these symptoms. If no other causes are found then the diagnoses of ic can be made, even without classic cystoscopic findings.
Dr. Earle Pescatore
Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
See complete answer: Pelvic pain can be multifactorial. There is often more than one thing that is contributing to the problem. Sources can include gi, gu, reproductive, musculoskeletal and other issues. It may take a number of physicians and diagnostic tests to determine the problem.

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