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Help For Gas Pain When You Have Interstitial Cystitis
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
Probably not: However, the urinary symptoms may make you or your doctor think of infections often, doing more tests, and documenting more episodes. ...Read more
How to doctors know if you have interstitial cystitis? What is the range of cost for tests? I don't have insurance but have every symptom. I am fearful of costs but want relief!
Can you have Interstitial Cystitis without pain. My doctor said I have an overactive bladder and I want to make sure it's not ic?
IC is pain: IC is sometimes referred to as "painful bladder syndrome". At age 22 IC is unlikely. If you want to "make sure" get cystoscopy ubder anesthesia. I would not recommend cystoscopy at this point if you were my patient. Discuss with your doctor or see a urologist. Relax, good luck. ...Read more
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
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
Diagnosis can be made by urogynecologist or urologist ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Medicine in bladder: While a low acid diet and some oral medications will help ic, what I have found to be the fastest way to make a bladder feel better is to inject medicine directly into the bladder. These are called "instillations" and we use a variety of drugs, usually a local anesthetic and either elmiron, (pentosan) heparin, or steroids. It's important to do this along with a multifaceted treatment program. ...Read more
See list: Alcohol, artificial sweeteners, coffee, citrus juices, cranberry juice, hot peppers, side and spicy food. However, not everyone will "flare" with everything on the list. Some people will flair with items not on the list. I would suggest a food diary and an elimination diet. These tools will help you gain control over your life. ...Read more
Pain & frequency: Bladder or pelvic or retropubic pain increasing with bladder filling and relieved temporarily and/or partially by urinating. Frequent urination by day and night. Blood in urine. Bladder pain provoked by acid urine producing foods and beverages such as oj or tomato paste, fried or spicy foods or caffeine. Suggest you check: www.Interstitialcystitisassociation. Com. ...Read more
Don't know: Ic is usually a matter discussed between patient and health care provider. However, having ic does not carry the stigmata of sexually transmitted disease. Interestingly, there are a number of urologists who don't believe that ic can occur in chidren and it certainly can. ...Read more
Not likely: Interstitial cystitis is not considered a hereditary disease. The cause of i.C. Is not known. There may be a gene that makes one more prone to getting i.C., but such a gene has not been found. If one's i.C. Is due to a second disease, such as some autoimmune disease, that second disease may be familial and cause i.C. To run in that particular family. The role of environmental factors is not known. ...Read more
Possible, not typica: Interstitial cystitis is a breakdown in a layer of the bladder lining. The breakdown causes pain with bladder filling and causes you to feel increased urgency. Typically, pain comes with increased filling and worsening acidic content in the urine. Other things can stimulate pain as well. Usually pain is one of the symptoms. ...Read more
Interstitial cystiti: Interstitial cystitis is a chronic disease of the bladder, causing pain, for which the cause is presently unknown. It is associated with urinary frequency, urgency and waking at night to urinate. It is a diagnosis of exclusion, in that other causes of bladder pain/urgency/frequency should be excluded first. Ic can be diagnosed by bladder biopsy. ...Read more
Here are some ...: Since you've gone thus far in caring for IC, it would be more logical & beneficial for you to bring this Q to the treating urologist, who should be able to answer your concern more to the points pertaining to your individual condition. So, collaborate with Doc and follow instruction with realistic expectation. ...Read more
Cysta Q: Product by farr labs based on one study for ic & one on prostate. Both done by dr. D. A. Shoskes. The ic study had 22 patients. Neither study was good. And from the search I did, I could not find a randomized placebo trail. As with many treatment for ic, some patients may find benifit but this has not been my experience in treating my patients. However, I haven't seen any harm in trying it. ...Read more
IC autoimmune?: The cause of interstitial cystitis is unknown. Autoantibodies have been found in patients with ic, but their significance in the pathogenesis of ic is not clear. Clinical presentations and treatment response of ic and autoimmune diseases share similar characteristics. They can also coexist. Fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome and chronic fatigue syndrome are also often concurrent with ic. ...Read more
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
Exclude tumor: Blood in urine can be due to many causes, infection, trauma, tumor, vascular malformation, clotting disorder. However, tumor/cancer needs to be excluded in anyone with blood in urine. Uti and interstitial cystitis are not the only causes of blood in urine. Consult your doctor. ...Read more
Also called interstitial cystitis, this 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. Ongoing research by urogynecologists and urologists are trying to better understand what causes it and how to treat it. Diet has ...Read more
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
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