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Dr. William Harris
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Painful Bladder Syndrome (Definition)

Pbs is also called interstitial cystitis (ic). It is a chronic condition of the bladder that causes pain in the pelvis and low abdomen. The exact cause is unknown but seems to have some correlation with endometriosis and is more common in women. There is a lot of research by urogynecology and urology trying to better understand what causes it and how to treat it. Diet has ...Read more


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Is interstitial cystitis fatal?

Is interstitial cystitis fatal?

No: Can be very unpleasant and would only be fatal if subject committed suicide. ...Read more

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Is interstitial cystitis progressive?

Very often: More often than not is progressive if mild when diagnosed and subject fails to adjust diet, alkalinize urine, avoid caffeine and alcohol or fail to take prescribed medications if and when they helped to relieve symptoms. ...Read more

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How is interstitial cystitis diagnosed?

How is interstitial cystitis diagnosed?

IC diagnosis: By history and physical exam, negative urine cultue, pain relief with instillation of local anesthetic in the bladder and cystoscopy. ...Read more

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Who develops interstitial cystitis?

Who develops interstitial cystitis?

30-40 yr old women: It is disease of unknown cause and affect women more than men and is more common around the age of 30-40 years. See this site for more info. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001508/. ...Read more

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What is interstitial cystitis?

What is interstitial cystitis?

Trigger points!!: This is a new look at an old idea. Janet g. Travell, md a pain pioneer concluded that chronic tissue pain was caused by numerous trigger points in muscle fibers causing the muscles to contract compressing nerves, vessels and alter the flow of lymphatics. The pyramidalis and pelvic floor muscles are the cause. So this is a mechanical cause and requires a manual treatment. Acupuncture! see files. ...Read more

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Is interstitial cystitis usually fatal?

Is interstitial cystitis usually fatal?

No: Interstitial cystitis while possibly affecting the quality of life due to pain and frequent urination does not cause death. ...Read more

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Trearment interstial cystitis?

Trearment interstial cystitis?

Consult urology: A man with symptoms of ic should consult a urologist. There are many potential treatments. ...Read more

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Can interstitial cystitis cause bladder infections?

Can interstitial cystitis cause bladder infections?

Indirectly: An important aspect of ic is that inner lining of bladder may be damaged, thus bacteria gaining access to bladder can more easily attach or penetrate bladder lining.These bacteria can only be eliminated by antibiotics.Normal bladders have an intrinsic defense mechanism consisting of a protective coating to bladder lining which makes it more difficult for bacteria to attach or penetrate. ...Read more

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Good ways to cope with an interstitial cystitis (painful bladder syndrome) sufferer?

Good ways to cope with an interstitial cystitis (painful bladder syndrome) sufferer?

Diet, diet& diet: Mainly sticking to the diet. U can try Pyridium and prelief during flares, take zantac (ranitidine) and Tums regularly, elmirontherapy if indicated. Cysta q is a herbal supplement u can try pelvic floor therapy and aerobic exercise are good. Manage endometriosis, ibs, and allergies aggressively. ...Read more

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Help docs, is interstitial cystitis curable?

Help docs, is interstitial cystitis curable?

Unknown: Interstital Cystitis is more of a compilation of symptoms rather that a true "condition". Therefore, treating the symptoms, e.g. urinary frequency and urgency, pain in the bladder area, painful intercourse, pelvic pain, etc., is the best approach to improving outcomes. Many women remain symptom free after treatments but the natural history of this condition is intermittent symptom flares. ...Read more

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How is interstitial cystitis flares managed during pregnancy?

Team approach: Ic management during pregnancy has not been fully studied. Pregnant ic pts for the most part need to stop their medications. However you could use some anesthetic instillations for flares, as well as some antispasmodics for the overactive bladder. Avoid constipation. Physical therapy can be used. Look for high risk OB md. Go to ichelp.Org for more info. Good luck. ...Read more

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Help docs, is interstitial cystitus with hunner's ulcers fatal?

Help docs, is interstitial cystitus with hunner's ulcers fatal?

No: Not fatal but painful. If Hunner's ulcer was diagnosed tells me you were already cystoscoped and are under the care of a urologist. As you may already know treatment includes Elmiron, (pentosan)hydrodistension of the bladder with DMSO or other agents........Wish you the best ...Read more

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What is interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome?

What is interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome?

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. ...Read more

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What is interstitial cystitis caused by?

Breakdown in GAG: There is a breakdown in the gag layer of the bladder. Gag stands for glucoseaminoglycan and it is a microscopic layer that is supposed to help with protection of the mucous layer of the bladder. There is a lot of research going into this area and there is a significant connection between interstitial cystitis and endometriosis. Right now we are managing the symptoms as best we can. No cure yet! ...Read more

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Treatment of cystitis cystica?

Treat if symptomatic: Cystitis cystica is commonly associated with recurrent utis in children who need to be on long term antibiotic prophylaxis to control or prevent utis. Diagnosed by cystoscopic examination & frequently an incidental finding in adults. Dose not require tretment if subject is devoid of bladder symptoms &/or does not suffer from multiple utis. ...Read more

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Anyone die from interstitial cystitis?

No: I am not aware of interstitial cystitis directly causing death. However, it is possible for patient to have concurrent bladder cancer and interstitial cystitis. Certainly bladder cancer can cause death. ...Read more

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Does HPV cause interstitial cystitis?

Does HPV cause interstitial cystitis?

Not likely: I am not aware of any correlation between hpv and interstitial cystitis. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Ingerman
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Urinary Tract Infection (Definition)

A urinary tract infection, also known as an UTI, may involve the kidney, ureter, bladder, or urethra. A common cause is an intestinal bacteria, E. coli. Common symptoms include a frequent urge to urinate, and pain or burning when urinating. Antibiotics are typically ...Read more


Interstitial Cystitis (Definition)

Also called interstitial cystitis, this is a chronic condition of the bladder that causes pain in the bladder, ...Read more