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How often will I see flare-ups from my interstitial cystitis?

How often will I see flare-ups from my interstitial cystitis?

IC: Flares can vary in frequency and need not to have a pattern if all the other painful conditions that co-exists with ic(endometriosis, vulvodynia, ibs, pelvic floor muscle dysfunction, etc) are treated properly. ...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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How is interstitial cystitis flares managed during pregnancy?

Team approach: Ic management during pregnancy has not been fully studied. Pregnant ic pts for the most part need to stop their medications. However you could use some anesthetic instillations for flares, as well as some antispasmodics for the overactive bladder. Avoid constipation. Physical therapy can be used. Look for high risk OB md. Go to ichelp.Org for more info. Good luck. ...Read more

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In planning on doing IVF soon I have interstitial cystitis. Can IC get worse during IVF? Will the injections cause Flare?

In planning on doing IVF soon I have interstitial cystitis. Can IC get worse during IVF? Will the injections cause Flare?

IVF and IC: Someone I know went through IVF and had no increase in IC flare ups. Everyone is different and everyone will have their own unique experience. Best of luck. ...Read more

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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 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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I have interstitial cystitis, and I have excruciating flares during my period. Would a partial hysterectomy help? I can't take the pain anymore.

IC: Ic is a condition of unknown etiology and can be affected by hormonal changes that occur during menstruation. Removing the uterus will not change those hormonal changes. You might check with your gyn about the possibility of endometriosis causing your symptoms instead of ic. ...Read more

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There is controversy over if Interstitial Cystitis considered an autoimmune disease, or could it be part of a Lupus flare? Lupus causes inflamation.

There is controversy over if Interstitial Cystitis considered an autoimmune disease, or could it be part of a Lupus flare? Lupus causes inflamation.

IC and Lupus: IC (Interstitial Cystitis) is inflammation of the Bladder Wall that can occur by itself or in conjunction with other autoimmune diseases, including Lupus, fibromyalgia, scleroderma, and Sjogren's Syndrome. Research has shown that IC patients are 30 Times more likely to have SLE (systemic lupus erthematosus). If you have IC, tests for Autoimmune conditions should be performed by your Doctor. ...Read more

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What is interstitial cystitis?

What is interstitial cystitis?

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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Dr. Mark Ingerman
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Interstitial Cystitis (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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