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Do portable heating pads help with interstitial cystitis pain?

Do portable heating pads help with interstitial cystitis pain?

For some people: Sone people find that a heating pad can help them with some of the discomfort from interstitial cystitis. ...Read more

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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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Does heating pad help kidney pain?

Does heating pad help kidney pain?

NO : Heating pad usually help relax the muscles /ligaments which can improve pain. Sometimes muscles around kidney can go into spasm from kidney infection called pyelonephritis and in that case a heating pad may provide temporary relief. ...Read more

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Will catheters relieve the urgency symptoms of interstitial cystitis?

Will catheters relieve the urgency symptoms of interstitial cystitis?

No: Unless one has urinary retention, catheters will not help improve the urinary symptoms and in fact may worsen them because it will cause more trauma to the bladder lining with the catheter and cause more symptoms. ...Read more

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Bladder discomfort daily, but no pain with urination, frequency, urgency. Worse in am. Uti or ic?

Bladder discomfort daily, but no pain with urination, frequency, urgency. Worse in am. Uti or ic?

Bladder pain?: This requires a call to your doctor for an examination to determine the cause of the pain. It may be from some other area than the bladder. Your doctor can determine the cause of the pain and then give proper treatment. ...Read more

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Can heating pads help sciatic pain?

Can heating pads help sciatic pain?

Sciatic pain: Depends. Sometimes sciatic pain is helped by heat and sometimes helped by ice packs. There are several causes of sciatic pain and it is best to see your doctor to find out the cause and to give you proper treatment. ...Read more

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I have bladder injections for interstitial cystitis?

I have bladder injections for interstitial cystitis?

My take is ...: As to bladder injection of Botox for IC, please ask your urologist for details on indication, expectations, complications, etc. timely besides viewing IC-related articles from many websites about IC, OAB, etc. ...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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Is pelvic floor rehabilitation therapy effective for interstitial cystitis (aka: painful bladder syndrome)?

Is pelvic floor rehabilitation therapy effective for interstitial cystitis (aka: painful bladder syndrome)?

For symptoms yes: But it probably doesn't actually treat the condition ie heal the bladder wall. Painful bladder syndrome includes manythings that aren't ic such as pelvic floor dysfunction that will respond well to rehab. ...Read more

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Urine culture neg. No uti, but UTI pain. Pelvic, vaginal pain. Urgency, frequency, etc. On many antibiotics, toviaz, (fesoterodine) & pain meds. Would you suspect ic?

Urine culture neg. No uti, but UTI pain. Pelvic, vaginal pain. Urgency, frequency, etc. On many antibiotics, toviaz, (fesoterodine) & pain meds. Would you suspect ic?

Yes: The diagnosis of interstitial cystitis is often made in someone who is repeatedly having symptoms of a UTI but the urine culture fails to grow bacteria. If you have pain, frequency, urgency and have used those meds it is time to visit the urologist for further testing. ...Read more

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Can oxybutinin be used to treat non bacterial prostatitis/interstitial cystitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome?

Can oxybutinin be used to treat non bacterial prostatitis/interstitial cystitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome?

Yes: Oxybutynin is an antimuscarinic and primarily used for the symptoms of urinary frequency, urgency, and urge incontinence. Though most commonly used as part of the treatment of overactive bladder and neurogenic bladder-related detrusor instability it can be used for any condition or symptom complex with bothersome bladder-related urinary urgency and frequency. It treats the symptom, not the disease. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with interstitial cystitis.Tylenol, (acetaminophen)narcotic pain pills,diet change give no pain relief.Will Lyrica help.My twin says it helps her IC pain?

Diagnosed with interstitial cystitis.Tylenol, (acetaminophen)narcotic pain pills,diet change give no pain relief.Will Lyrica help.My twin says it helps her IC pain?

AZO - OTC - works.: The OTC pills work for many of my friends and patients. If not, your PCP can Rx - Gantrisin /pyridium. No reason to step up to psychotropic type meds for a urinary tract issue. Take it step by step. Drink lots of water. Ask doctor for ideas to prevent recurrence - it can become chronic and it's great to nip it in the bud. Bst wishes! ...Read more

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I have urine urge & frequency but no pain. Could this be Interstitial cystitis? Is hydrodistension safe? Can my bladder burst?

I have urine urge & frequency but no pain. Could this be Interstitial cystitis? Is hydrodistension safe? Can my bladder burst?

Here are some ...: Glad to know you've no pain but urgency & frequency. So, work on lifestyle modification as the initial step of care by avoiding foods / beverages containing bladder irritants such coffee / caffeine-rich drinks like tea, coke, pop, etc. as well as urine-producing drinks such as all alcohol beverages & water over-drinking, and voiding timely. As to bladder dilation, it's safe under anesthesia ... ...Read more

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Can cystitis cause urthera bleeding? Female, 17 , not sexual activity,have chronic cystitis, endometriosis,adenomyosis

Can cystitis cause urthera bleeding? Female, 17 , not sexual activity,have chronic cystitis, endometriosis,adenomyosis

Here are some ...: I would not seek online guessing for your current concern. Instead, collect & bring the detailed symptoms stressing the quality, quantity, and sequence of events of all symptoms and their potentially related discomforts over time to Dox for review & analysis + proper physical exams + tests as needed so to deduce possible Dx for reasonable Rx / care / counseling... ...Read more

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Could interstitial cystitis cause extreme pain in the feet?

Could interstitial cystitis cause extreme pain in the feet?

Unlikely: While almost anything is possible, i think there are many other causes of foot pain that are far more likely. ...Read more

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What to do with interstitial cystitis or painful bladder syndrome?

What to do with interstitial cystitis or painful bladder syndrome?

IC: Interstitial cystitis is not currently a disorder that can be cured. Most treatments are geared toward symptom reduction. Elmiron (pentosan) is the only FDA approved oral med for IC. It helps some but not all patients. Most need other therapeutic options in addition. See a urologist that treats a lot of patients with IC. They are more likely to offer you a variety of treatment modalities beyond Elmiron (pentosan). ...Read more

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Can interstitial cystitis cause sharp shooting vaginal and rectal pain in addition to cramping w/ full bladder? A urologist I knows says "nope". Ic doesn't do that.

Can interstitial cystitis cause sharp shooting vaginal and rectal pain in addition to cramping w/ full bladder? A urologist I knows says "nope". Ic doesn't do that.

Consider workup: While it is possible that ic can cause quite severe pelvic floor pain, you should be seen by a urologist who is familiar with ic. Make sure there is not something else going on to cause your pain, such as endometriosis, infection, abscess, mass. ...Read more

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Azo leukolyte+ nitrite-; tx for yeast infx; leukolyte trace, nitrite-. Burning urination relieved, still have flank pain & belly cramp.Std-.Is it uti?

UTI?: You are referencing urinalysis findings, which can suggest the presence or absence if a uti, but can not prove or disprove a urinary tract infection. Finding out whether or not you have a UTI is quite simple. If you are symptomatic and have a positive urine culture, the you have a uti. ...Read more

Dr. Lonnie Smith
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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


Dr. James Krick
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Interstitial Cystitis (Definition)

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