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How Do I Tell The Difference Between An Interstitial Cystitis Flare Up And A Bladder Infection
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
IC vs UTI: Many times you can't tell the difference; and often a "flare" if ic can be precipitated by a uti. Check the appearance of your urine through a clear glass - if "cloudy" or foul-smelling it's likely to be a uti, but it could also be a UTI (early) even if grossly clear and without a odor. The best test would be a urinalysis and follow up with your urologist. ...Read more
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
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
I'm just wondering, if you have interstitial cystitis can it cause you to have bladder infections?
Not convinced I have interstitial cystitis. My bladder does not have pain when full, only when empty. Could there be another explanation. No infection?
Can a man be a carrier of a bladder infection? Like cystitis, interstitial cystitis, or urinary tract infection?
What is the most likely cause of moderate to severe bladder pain during menstruation? Excluding an infection or interstitial cystitis.
Same, 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
Have Interstitial Cystitis (dx w/cystoscopy + hydrodistention). Had 3rd instillation today for a bad flare, and when I emptied my bladder an hour later as directed, I had mild burning in my urethra. Never happened before. What's up with that?
IC with UTI sx: Interstitial cystitis is caused by thickening of the smooth muscle of the bladder secondary to multiple urinary tract infections, generally untreated. The urethra has many pockets which can harbor bacteria, and exercise and/or sexual activity can cause seeding of the bladder, and result in burning in the urethra. Get a urine culture to be certain. ...Read more
Possibly: This needs evaluation by a urologist.Get a more detailed answer ›
Varies: Some patients have symptoms for tears while others seem to have periodic episodes of symptoms. ...Read more
Why my interstitial cystitis hurt more at night? Also why after sitting at my computer, my bladder hurts, ond I feel there is spasm?
No distractions: At night so pain is more evident. At computer irs from being bent at waste and putting more pressure on it especially if obese in mid section. ...Read more
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
I have interstitial cystitis I had IUD put in tuesday im having sharp pain idk if its in my bladder and my urethra hurts and it hurts to have sex?
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
Yes similar symptoms: You need to clarify with your urologist but there can be similar symptom depending on your official diagnosis. ...Read more
Might it be possible that a a male have difficulty emptying their bladder with interstitial cystitis alone without prostate problems?
How do I know if my interstitial cystitis is flaring up or if I am getting a UTI? I was just recently diagnosed with IC, and don't have much experience managing it beyond using a bladder friendly diet.
Urgency cystitis: The symptoms of UTI and "interstitial cystitis" are similar, but the "IC" symptoms are more frequent, and not based on active infection, but a more sensitive and muscular bladder wall, which can produce some incontinence also. At 24, it is unusual to have acquired "IC", so perhaps it is chronic urethritis, which can be treated favorably by urethral dilation: see a female urologist for advice. ...Read more
It is: A type of UTI that can be more difficult to treat ...Read more
After going through treatment for interstitial cystitis, will my bladder capacity go back to normal?
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 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
I have interstitial cystitis. Having bladder botox with a cystocopy. Will I be in pain after surgery? Why am I being put to sleep? What should I expect?
The bladder is a muscular organ in the pelvis that accepts urine from the kidneys, stores the urine at low pressure, & expels the urine during voluntary voiding. Though seemingly a simple reservoir, the bladder is a complex organ intricately connected with the brain and spinal cord with sensory, motor, and autonomic circuits. The muscular layer that contracts during voids ...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
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