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How can I treat interstitial cystitis?

How can I treat interstitial cystitis?

IC: Treatment for ic is involved and may take months for true relief. A urologist is best suited for all the options: kegel exercises; meds. ...Read more

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 do you treat interstitial cystitis?

How do you treat interstitial cystitis?

See a physician: Ic can be tricky to diagnose and treat. It is best to seek out a specialist. A urologist or urogynecologist. It is often possible to get relief. ...Read more

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What is interstitial cystitis and can it be treated?

There is help for IC: Ic is not well understood, but it is felt to be a chronic, non-infectious, inflammation of the bladder and/or urethra. It is much more common in women than men. There is no one treatment that is effective for everyone, but there are effective treatments. Please see this blog post for more details: http://healthhub.Brighamandwomens.Org/tag/urogynecology. ...Read more

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I've gotten interstitial cystitis. How are people coping with it and/or being treated for it if at all?

I've gotten interstitial cystitis. How are people coping with it and/or being treated for it if at all?

Interstitial cystiti: This is a chronic disease which will flare up time to time. There is a strong correlation with spicy acidic foods such as Salsa and hot sauce. If you crave these you can take something such as prelief which makes those foods less acidic. See a urologist for acute flare-ups, there are meds that can help numb your bladder. Best of luck. ...Read more

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How often can you use vagifem to treat symptoms of interstitial cystitis? 3 to 4 day intervals is not sufficient, also using Marvelon. Many thanks!

How often can you use vagifem to treat symptoms of interstitial cystitis? 3 to 4 day intervals is not sufficient, also using Marvelon. Many thanks!

Atrophic Vaginitis: Vagifem is used to treat thinning of the vagina or off label for pH changes in the vagina. It can be used daily for 1-2 weeks and then twice weekly. It can take up to 3 months before improvement is seen. As for a specific treatment for interstitial cystitis, it is not specifically great for treating IC Depending on your IC symptoms, there is a range of treatment options. ...Read more

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I'm 22 and I have fibro, IBS and interstitial cystitis. I want to come off my meds are there anyways I could treat these illnesses at home?

I'm 22 and I have fibro, IBS and interstitial cystitis. I want to come off my meds are there anyways I could treat these illnesses at home?

Maybe: While there are no home medications you can take, there are other behavoiural modalities of treatment you can use such as dietary changes, change in sexual habits, using condoms, increasing water intake, and avoid certain stressors to the bladder such as alcohol and coffee. ...Read more

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Can oxybutinin be used to treat non bacterial prostatitis/interstitial cystitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome?

Can oxybutinin be used to treat non bacterial prostatitis/interstitial cystitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome?

Yes: Oxybutynin is an antimuscarinic and primarily used for the symptoms of urinary frequency, urgency, and urge incontinence. Though most commonly used as part of the treatment of overactive bladder and neurogenic bladder-related detrusor instability it can be used for any condition or symptom complex with bothersome bladder-related urinary urgency and frequency. It treats the symptom, not the disease. ...Read more

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I cannot afford to see a urologist and a psychiatrist to treat my interstitial cystitis, can my primary doctor prescribe my meds I have an anxiety disorder due to my ic which requires klonopin , propranolol and trazodone, my primary doctor has me on celex

I cannot afford to see a urologist and a psychiatrist to treat my interstitial cystitis, can my primary doctor prescribe my meds I have an anxiety disorder due to my ic which requires klonopin , propranolol and trazodone, my primary doctor has me on celex

Your doctor can: Your doctor can prescribe as long as they are familiar with the medications and comfortable prescribing them. If your doctor is not willing, then it may be more cost effective to call around and find someone who is. I realize, however, that switching doctors may be difficult to do. ...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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Interstitial cystitis, what to do?

Interstitial cystitis, what to do?

Check out this link: Take care! http://www.M.Webmd.Com/a-to-z-guides/interstitial-cystitis.

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Who develops interstitial cystitis?

Who develops interstitial cystitis?

30-40 yr old women: It is disease of unknown cause and affect women more than men and is more common around the age of 30-40 years. See this site for more info. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001508/. ...Read more

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Interstitial cystitis -- what is it?

Interstitial cystitis -- what is it?

Painful Bladder: Ic is a condition that has multiple symptoms. Most common symptoms are frequent urination, urinary urgency and pain in the bladder and pelvic area. There is no definitive test to diagnose ic, but there is usually inflammation of the lining of the bladder that produces the symptoms. Treatments include dietary changes, medication, and possibly bladder instillation of various compounds. ...Read more

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Is interstitial cystitis progressive?

Is interstitial cystitis progressive?

Very often: More often than not is progressive if mild when diagnosed and subject fails to adjust diet, alkalinize urine, avoid caffeine and alcohol or fail to take prescribed medications if and when they helped to relieve symptoms. ...Read more

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How to relieve interstitial cystitis?

Personal Approach: Interstitial cystitis is a very difficult diagnosis to treat, or provide a simple treatment that works for everyone. Diet modification, elmeron, certain antidepressants and even pelvic floor physical therapy have demonstrated to improve symptoms. Don't get frustrated and work with your urologist to find a treatment that works for you! ...Read more

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Anyone die from interstitial cystitis?

No: I am not aware of interstitial cystitis directly causing death. However, it is possible for patient to have concurrent bladder cancer and interstitial cystitis. Certainly bladder cancer can cause death. ...Read more

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Is there an interstitial cystitis pill?

Elmiron (pentosan) & Elavil: Elmiron can help to repair damaged bladder lining. Elavil can have an antihystamine effect as well as reduce anxiety. Oxybutinin, detrol, vesicare (solifenacin) & other anticholingeric medications can relieve overactive bladder symptoms usually associated with ic. Bland diet and avoiding acid urine producing food and beverages are important. Check: www.Interstitialcystitisassociation.Com. ...Read more

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How is interstitial cystitis diagnosed?

How is interstitial cystitis diagnosed?

IC diagnosis: By history and physical exam, negative urine cultue, pain relief with instillation of local anesthetic in the bladder and cystoscopy. ...Read more

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What is interstitial cystitis caused by?

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

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Dr. Corey Clay
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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


Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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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