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How common is radiation cystitis?

How common is radiation cystitis?

It is common: When we give radiation near the bladder or to the bladder it is fairly common. This only means an inflammation of the lining of the bladder. Radiation can irritate this lining and therefore the patient feels a sensation on urinating. It can be as little as just noticing it, frequency or frank burning. We have medication to ease this symptom and after radiation is complete it usually goes away. ...Read more

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What is radiation cystitis?

Inflammation: The bladder lining is inflamed and causes a burning sensation when urinating. A urinalysis should be done to make sure it's not infection. The symptoms if burning and frequent small amounts is the same for any cause of cystitis. ...Read more

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What exactly is radiation cystitis?

Bladder Inflammation: This is a side effect of radiation therapy which is used as treatment for pelvic tumors. Symptoms include blood in urine, voiding problems and incontinence. Treatment of this condition can be medical or surgical depending on the severity. ...Read more

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Radiation cystitis: I am currently extremely limited in what i can do: ie walking lifting things, general household duties as I am in constant pain?

Radiation cystitis: I am currently extremely limited in what i can do: ie walking lifting things, general household duties as I am in constant pain?

Radiation cystitis: Depending on when you received radiation therapy, your symptoms may or may not be explained by radiation cystitis. Generally irritation to the bladder to the level you're describing occurs while receiving radiation or shortly thereafter. Radiation cystitis that is noted cystoscopically years after pelvic radiation most often is not painful and does not cause urgency or incontinence. ...Read more

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Will my radiation cystitis go away once i'm done with radiation therapy?

Will my radiation cystitis go away once i'm done with radiation therapy?

Yes: Radiation cystitis means irritation of bladder because of radiation. It is usually short lived and should resolve within a couple of weeks after radiation. The severity depends on the amount of radiation and the volume being radiated. ...Read more

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Common symptoms of cystitis?

See below: Pressure in the lower abdomen, painful and/or frequent urination, urgent need to urinate, traces of blood or pain in the lower back or abdomen. ...Read more

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What is a common misdiagnosis for interstitial cystitis?

What is a common misdiagnosis for interstitial cystitis?

Depends: Interstitial cystitis is usually diagnosed by looking directly inside the bladder. If the diagnosis is done by history and physical exam, it could be confused with a urinary tradct infection, endometriosis orpelvic inflamatory disease. ...Read more

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Why is it that cystitis is more common than pyelonephritis?

Shorter trip for bug: Many instances of cystitis, especially in women are due to bacteria ascending from the outside through the urethra. Such infections have only a short distance to travel in women. Kidney infections, pyelonephiritis, are often blood borne. ...Read more

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How common do interstitial cystitis and endometriosis occur together?

How common do interstitial cystitis and endometriosis occur together?

Very Common: They commonly co-exist. In addition, sometimes one is confused for another and so diagnostic procedures (cystocopy or laparoscopy) are very important to distinguish between the 2 conditions. ...Read more

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I have interstitial cystitis. Is it common to bleed after getting a bladder instillation?

I have interstitial cystitis. Is it common to bleed after getting a bladder instillation?

Interstitial cystits: It is not common, but it is certainly possible. To some degree, it also depends on what chemical agents are being instilled. There are several different regimens for intravesical therapy. The ic bladder can also have ulcerations that are prone to irritation and bleeding in severe cases. Talk to your urologist about this. ...Read more

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How can one contract cystitis?

Not known: The cause of interstitial cystitis is not known. Please visit this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/interstitial-cystitis/basics/definition/con-20022439 ...Read more

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What body systems are affected by cystitis?

What body systems are affected by cystitis?

Urinary bladder: By definition, cystitis is inflammation of the urinary bladder. If the inflammation is due to infection, it can spread to the kidneys and other organs. ...Read more

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Can there be a natural way to stop cystitis?

Can there be a natural way to stop cystitis?

To reduce risk: Some things that may help prevent bladder infection are (though none are proven by clinical trial): careful wiping after bowel movements stay well hydrated empty the bladder after sexual activity wear loose-fitting cotton underwear cranberry tablets only vaginal estrogen treatment has been shown to reduce the frequency of uti's in women after menoapuse - this requires a visit to your doctor. ...Read more

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Best medication for pain due to intertitial cystitis?

Best medication for pain due to intertitial cystitis?

Elmiron (pentosan): Also known as pentosan polysulfate sodium, this medicine can bring relief. It is usually helpful to receive this medicine in conjunction with a medicine for overactive bladder (ex: ditropan, detrol, vesicare, (solifenacin) enablex, sanctura, toviaz, etc). ...Read more

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What do you advise if i suffer from really bad cystitis?

My take is ...: I assumed you meant severe persistent voiding symptoms with no or poor response to all conservative Rx including antibiotics. If so, it's time to refine how to deduce more accurate Dx ... to rule out interstitial cystitis(IC) / chronic pelvic painful symdrome (CPPS) besides UTI. As to RX, all are about the same with recognition, lifestyle change, behavioral modification, timed voiding, less irrita ...Read more

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What medication should I take to cure Honeymoon Cystitis?

What medication should I take to cure Honeymoon Cystitis?

Cystitis: If you have symptoms of burning, frequency and feeling like you need to pass urine all the time, you will likely need an antibiotic. Passing urine after sexual activity often helps prevent it. Drink plenty of fluids, cranberry juice or pills often help. All the best. ...Read more

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What to do if i think I have cystitis- how to relieve pain?

What to do if i think I have cystitis- how to relieve pain?

There isn't anything: Reliable, but you can try drinking more fluids to help flush the bladder. Some people find that cranberry extract or tablets help. Sometimes the symptoms will go away. If they don't improve on a day or two, go see your health care provider. ...Read more

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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