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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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How can I tell the difference between a interstitial cystitis flare and a bladder infection?

How can I tell the difference between a interstitial cystitis flare and a bladder infection?

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

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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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If you have interstitial cystitis will t cause you to have frequent bladder infections?

If you have interstitial cystitis will t cause you to have frequent bladder infections?

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

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I'm just wondering, if you have interstitial cystitis can it cause you to have bladder infections?

Yes: Ic is an inflammation of the bladder wall that is not usually caused by bacteria while a UTI isp caused by bacteria. These can occur simultaneously and this is not an uncommon presentation but may be difficult to discern so see a doctor who specializes in treating ic. ...Read more

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How can I tell the difference between an interstitial cystitis recurrence and a bladder infection?

Good question.: That is a very important distinction. A simple urine test can answer the question. Just drop a urine sample by your doctors office for evaluation. ...Read more

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Can a man be a carrier of a bladder infection? Like cystitis, interstitial cystitis, or urinary tract infection?

Can a man be a carrier of a bladder infection? Like cystitis, interstitial cystitis, or urinary tract infection?

Not really: The only role a male has in female cystitis is by the mechanical aspect of sexual intercourse or possibly cunnilingus. He is not transmitting the organism from his body to hers but facilitating the transmission of her own bacteria into her bladder. ...Read more

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What's the difference between interstitial cystitis or painful bladder syndrome?

What's the difference between interstitial cystitis or painful bladder syndrome?

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

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Can a yeast infection cause an Interstitial Cystitis flare?

Can a yeast infection cause an Interstitial Cystitis flare?

Possible: A yeast infection irritates the perineum and would then possibly cause a flare in your interstitial cystitis. To help, I would recommend treating the yeast infection. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms if a person having interstitial cystitis or bladder cancer?

What are the symptoms if a person having interstitial cystitis or bladder cancer?

Depends: Interstitial cystitis is a diagnosis of exclusion. It causes suprapubic pain and a persistent, urgent need to urinate. Bladder cancer can cause no symptoms but often microscopic or gross hematuria (blood in urine). ...Read more

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How long does it take for interstitial cystitis inflammation of the bladder to go away?

How long does it take for interstitial cystitis inflammation of the bladder to go away?

Varies: Some patients have symptoms for tears while others seem to have periodic episodes of symptoms. ...Read more

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Why my interstitial cystitis hurt more at night? Also why after sitting at my computer, my bladder hurts, ond I feel there is spasm?

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

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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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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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Is it possible to have both overactive bladder and interstitial cystitis at the same time?

Is it possible to have both overactive bladder and interstitial cystitis at the same time?

Yes similar symptoms: You need to clarify with your urologist but there can be similar symptom depending on your official diagnosis. ...Read more

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Might it be possible that a a male have difficulty emptying their bladder with interstitial cystitis alone without prostate problems?

Sure: Often, medical providers will ascribe all urinary symptoms to prostate problems. However, the incidence of irritative bladder symptoms in men is also very high. ...Read more

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After having treatment for interstitial cystitis, will my bladder capacity return back to normal?

Yes: Usually with interstitial cystitis the symptoms of frequent urination occurs because the bladder wall is inflammed. Bladder capacity remains unchanged. Once treated you get symptomatic relief. ...Read more

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After going through treatment for interstitial cystitis, will my bladder capacity go back to normal?

IC: As the bladder regenerates and the inflammatory response stabilizes, the ability of the bladder to relax improves. The bladder becomes more flexible and the capacity improves. ...Read more

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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

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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?

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?

All good questions: You have all good questions that your surgeon should be answering PRIOR to scheduling the cystoscopy. Get answers from the surgeon BEFORE you have the procedure if necessary have a pre procedure consultation prior to signing an consent. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use heparin that is two years old in an interstitial cystitis bladder cocktail? The heparin is in unopened sealed vials.

Is it safe to use heparin that is two years old in an interstitial cystitis bladder cocktail? The heparin is in unopened sealed vials.

Check expiration: Check the expiration date on the vials. If it is past the expiration date do not use the Heparin vials. Medication might be less effective or contaminated. ...Read more

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Is it safe or beneficial to take pyridium (phenazopyridine) for interstitial cystitis of the bladder?

Is it safe or beneficial to take pyridium (phenazopyridine) for interstitial cystitis of the bladder?

Pyridium (phenazopyridine) is safe: But usually not enough on its own. There are other treatments. Seek out a urologist or urogynecologist who is experienced with ic. Please see my blog posting for more info.

http://healthhub. Brighamandwomens. Org/overcoming-the-challenges-of-living-with-interstitial-cystitis. ...Read more

Bladder (Definition)

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


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Interstitial Cystitis (Definition)

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