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A 51-year-old female asked:

51.7yrs., perimenopause, using alesse. have mild ic, bladder expansion, experiencing bladder fullness, unable to urinate. what are treatment options?

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Dr. Matt Wachsman
Internal Medicine 36 years experience
Not as ez as it seem: because the subjective feel/symptoms of too much bladder tone and too little are utterly indistinguishable without putting a pressure gauge into the bladder and actually seeing what is going on. With "mild IC' then, the likelihood of either is quite high. Obviously, the treatments are opposite.

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