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How to know if you have an ic flare up or uti?

How to know if you have an ic flare up or uti?

Tough: You need to have your urine checked for bacteria to determine if this is an ic flare or a bacterial bladder infection. ...Read more

Dr. Gary Pess
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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


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I cant tell if im having an ic flare or a uti?

I cant tell if im having an ic flare or a uti?

Interstitial cystiti: That is the problem with interstitial cystitis. Is not always possible, based on symptoms, to tell if you have an infection or a flare of your IC. A urine culture is your best bet for differentiating the two ...Read more

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Is there a connection between ic and urinary tract infections (utis)?  

Is there a connection between ic and urinary tract infections (utis)?  

A Leaky Link: Interstitial cystitis (ic) is a chronic inflammatory condition of the lining of the bladder wall. No one knows exactly what causes it but it can certainly be exacerbated by urinary tract infections. Many homeopathic remedies aim toward controlling inflammation and infection risk by making the urine contain certain by-products of natural metabolism. Such phenomenon is seen with cranberry juice. ...Read more

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Suspect ic had no pain for aprox2 months will a cystoscopy still be acurate or does the bladder heal in between flares? (not had any utis)

Suspect ic had no pain for aprox2 months will a cystoscopy still be acurate or does the bladder heal in between flares? (not had any utis)

Why do a: Procedure if no pain? You may have gone into remission! It's just a waste of money. Doubt it would show much if you have been symptom free for 2 months! ...Read more

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If you have a constant UTI with klebsellia in urine and ESBL, could you have IC in your bladder?

If you have a constant UTI with klebsellia in urine and ESBL, could you have IC in your bladder?

Possible, more tests: Interstitial cystitis is possible but there are a wide range of alternatives to consider first. If not done so already, you should have a pelvic exam with swabs + a pelvic and urinary tract ultrasound to look for for abnormalities in the bladder/renal tract/ovaries. Depending on these results, your GP will likely need to refer you to a Urologist. Also, some people do just get recurrent infections. ...Read more

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Dr. ..U asked what are my symptoms...I have had at one point every single symptom that is related to ic and I have had oab, bph, utis ruled out?

Remember,: Diseases cause symptoms, but symptoms don't cause diseases. You have too many symptoms and abbreviations for the internet. Rely on your doctor's opinion and evaluation. ...Read more

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Is this a UTI or interstitial cystitis if bloody?

Is this a UTI or interstitial cystitis if bloody?

Exclude tumor: Blood in urine can be due to many causes, infection, trauma, tumor, vascular malformation, clotting disorder. However, tumor/cancer needs to be excluded in any one with blood in urine. Uti and interstitial cystitis are not the only causes of blood in urine. Consult your doctor. ...Read more

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Can you get a interstitial cystitis from a persistant UTI?

No: Ic is not thought to be caused by uti. In fact, one must first rule out UTI before making a diagnosis of ic. ...Read more

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Is it possible for interstitial cystitis to feel just like a UTI?

Yes: Interstitial cystitis can feel just like a UTI that never stops. IC does not have a cure but there are effective treatment options available. See your doctor for proper evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Is 100.7 a fever? I keep having bladder pain but I have IC. A test strip said no UTI but I feel really bad in pain.

Is 100.7 a fever? I keep having bladder pain but I have IC. A test strip said no UTI but I feel really bad in pain.

Yes: Dear JodyM
! 00.4 is considered a fever. Even if you do not have a fever and you are concerned and in pain, you should give your doctor a call. It sounds like you may need to be evaluated. Feel better.
Take care,
Serena H. Chen, MD ...Read more

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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.

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

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I was given Ic clindamycin for when I had a tooth extracted but never took any of it. This was a little over a month ago. Can I take for UTI?

I was given Ic clindamycin for when I had a tooth extracted but never took any of it. This was a little over a month ago. Can I take for UTI?

Not advisable, ...: Clindamycin is used chiefly for Gram (+) coccal infections like staphylococcus or streptococcus, etc. Most of UTI is caused by Gram (-) bacilli; hence, clindamycin is not advised. The most commonly used antibiotics of UTI are nitrofurantoin, sulfamaxazole/trimethoprim, cephalosporin, flouroquinolone, ... More on UTI/its care? To articles listed in http://www. Formefirst. Com/onUTI. Html. Best wish... ...Read more

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How long to wait after taking hydrocodone before I start ultram, given for uti with ic. Had Hydro left from last infection & took til was seen.

How long to wait after taking hydrocodone before I start ultram, given for uti with ic. Had Hydro left from last infection & took til was seen.

Don't take...: ...hydrocodone to treat the pain of a UTI and IC. Hydrocodone and ultram are different drugs, but together may worsen the associated euphoria. To be safe, just wait 4 hours for the hydrocodone to wear off. Make sure you follow-up with your physician if the pain worsens and the UTI symptoms do not subside. ...Read more

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I had sugar and blood in my urine, but tests for UTI were negative. I got diagnosed with ic. No pain but frequent urge to pee. Other possible causes?

I had sugar and blood in my urine, but tests for UTI were negative. I got diagnosed with ic. No pain but frequent urge to pee. Other possible causes?

No sugar in IC: Glucose in urine isn't a finding in patients with interstitial cystitis. The most common reason in a female to have both sugar and blood in urine is if she has diabetes and provided the urine sample around the time of her period. Making a lot of urine and being thirsty are typical symptoms of diabetes. Please discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Bladder discomfort daily, but no pain with urination, frequency, urgency. Worse in am. Uti or ic?

Bladder pain?: This requires a call to your doctor for an examination to determine the cause of the pain. It may be from some other area than the bladder. Your doctor can determine the cause of the pain and then give proper treatment. ...Read more

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How long does it take UTI symptoms of dementia like state in elderly to go away she is on ic cephalexin since Saturday?

How long does it take UTI symptoms of dementia like state in elderly to go away she is on ic cephalexin since Saturday?

Here are some. ..: The relevance of the contents in this Q is unclear, but my sifting through it suggests concerning her mental alteration possibly related with symptomatic UTI. If so, the duration of optimal recovery may widely vary in part because many elderlies are taking tranquilizers / antidepresents. Besides they have multiple concomitant medical issues. So, it's hard to blame UTI as sole cause of such change ...Read more

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Burning sensation like bladder infection. Has been going on for over 2 months. Not UTI and not ic or any other urinary problem. Help!?

How do we know: Its not ic- that's not an easy diagnosis, could be from c-section incision, could be painful bladder syndrome, pelvic floor dysfunction, would encourage you to see a pelvic pain specialist. ...Read more

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Can recurrent uti/ antibiotic use cause ic? Is it normal to have slight pain/sensitivity during urination after treatment?

IC is not repeat UTI: Lower uti's are usually responsive to antibiotics, but recurrences are common. Other conditions besides infection can cause frequency and urinary discomfort; interstitial cystitis is only one of many. The hallmark of ic is visualization of 'glomerulation' on cystoscopy; however, ic may exists without seeing this. Potassium sensitivity test in the office can confirm. You do need a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Frequent urge to urinate for months, small amounts 25+times a day, no incontinence, no UTI, no IC, cystoscopy ok, seen 4 urologists, very tired. Please help!

Frequent urge to urinate for months, small amounts 25+times a day, no incontinence, no UTI, no IC, cystoscopy ok, seen 4 urologists, very tired. Please help!

Could incontinence: I don't think it's easy to say that you don't have IC. The symptoms you are describing could either be IC, it could be urge incontinence, it could be a prolapse of the bladder or other pelvic floor dysfunction. You could have issues with bowels pressing on the bladder. What medicine have you tried besides antibiotics? I would recommend bladder training and possibly botox. ...Read more

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I've had a UTI for 3 wks & I've been on 3 diff antibiotics with little relief. I've taken Bactrim Cipro (ciprofloxacin) & Macrobid & it's still here. Could it be IC?

Possible: Did you have positive cultures? Nonbacterial causes of UTI-like symptoms and inflammation of the urinary tract includes fungal infection, adverse drug reaction, interstitial cystitis, heavy metal (eg lithium), and uric acid and hypercalcemic irritation. More remote possibilities include granulomatous diseases (eg, sarcoid or tuberculosis), polycystic kidney disease or genitourinary malignancy. ...Read more

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What meds can cause bladder/urethra pain and burning? Uti ruled out, urine culture negatv. Had a total hysterectomy. Gyno says ic urologist says no ic

Could be IC: Ic is sometimes a diagnosis by exclusion. Typically pain is worst when bladder is full ; somewhat relieved after urinating. Also bladder pain can be related to consuming acid urine producing beverages or foods such as citrus or bladder irritant like coffee. Might be related to your hysterectomy surgery if symptoms strarted post-op or? Worthwhile getting second urologic opinion. ...Read more

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Urine culture neg. No uti, but UTI pain. Pelvic, vaginal pain. Urgency, frequency, etc. On many antibiotics, toviaz, (fesoterodine) & pain meds. Would you suspect ic?

Yes: The diagnosis of interstitial cystitis is often made in someone who is repeatedly having symptoms of a UTI but the urine culture fails to grow bacteria. If you have pain, frequency, urgency and have used those meds it is time to visit the urologist for further testing. ...Read more

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52, using alesse. Lower abdominal pain/discomfort, can't void urine- dribbles, no UTI detected, but enlarged uterus, mild IC. What could cause this?

52, using alesse. Lower abdominal pain/discomfort, can't void urine- dribbles, no UTI detected, but enlarged uterus, mild IC. What could cause this?

Get checked: If you have fibroids causing the enlargement of your uterus, they could be pushing on the bladder and causing your voiding issues. You need to be evaluated by your GYN. ...Read more

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I've had 3 UTI in the past 4 months. I just finished a second round of antibiotics for this one and I'm having symptoms again. Interstitial cystitis?

I've had 3 UTI in the past 4 months. I just finished a second round of antibiotics for this one and I'm having symptoms again. Interstitial cystitis?

Not necessarily: You may be infected with especially virulent bacteria. This requires a culture and probably a more prolonged course of antibiotics. ...Read more

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Cant tell if its a UTI or my interstitial cystitis I had the pain since I had an IUD put in tuesday im in a lot if pain shud I go to the ER?

Cant tell if its a UTI or my interstitial cystitis I had the pain since I had an IUD put in tuesday im in a lot if pain shud I go to the ER?

No relation: There is no relation between IUD and interstitial cystitis
interstitial cystitis is more common than we tthought, under diagnosed, because the right diagnosis will required a cystoscopy and a biopsy by a urologist.
usualy it get suspected when the patient has UTI symptoms but the urine is clean ...Read more

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I have interstitial cystitis and im taking cipro (ciprofloxacin) for uti plus I take methadone 4 the pain caused by interstitial cystitis will the pain med work?

I have interstitial cystitis and im taking cipro (ciprofloxacin) for uti plus I take methadone 4 the pain caused by interstitial cystitis will the pain med work?

Consult urologist: Methadone seems a little "over the top" for treating IC pain & risk of opiate addiction. High dose ibuprofen, naproxen, lidocaine patch or vaginal diazepam all worth trying first.? consult pain clinic. Hope UR on bland IC diet, avoid alcohol, smoking, caffeine, acidic beverages, spicy foods etc. Also have been tried on various IC meds such as amytriptyline or pentosan polysulfate (Elmiron) ...Read more

Dr. Chad Levitt
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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


Dr. James Lin
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Urinary Tract Infections (Definition)

A urinary tract infection (often called UTI) is most commonly caused by bacteria and usually refers to an infection in the bladder. Not all bacteria that grows from the urine represents an infection, so the need for antibiotics is determined by your ...Read more