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Dr. Neigatha Graney
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Interstitial Cystitis (Overview)

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 an impact on severity.


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How does the interstitial cystitis affect the excretory system?

How does the interstitial cystitis affect the excretory system?

IC: Ic is an inflammatory condition of the bladder that causes pain, frequency and urgency, pain during or after intercourse, and the symptoms may flare and then improve periodically. Ic should have no effects on your kidneys and good treatment options are available so see someone who specializes in this process as it is poorly understood by most care providers. ...Read more

Dr. Neigatha Graney
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Interstitial Cystitis (Overview)

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 an impact on severity.


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Can urine nitrates be a symptom of interstitial cystitis?

Can urine nitrates be a symptom of interstitial cystitis?

Nitrites sign of UTI: Nitrite testing is thus to demonstrate bacteria in the urine & will be negative in subjects with interstitial cystitis unless they also have a urinary tract infection. Symptoms are something that you feel, & symptoms of ic are similar to utis, ie urinary frequency and bladder or pelvic pain. Microscopic hematuria (blood in urine) in absence of a UTI & negative urinary nitrites could be sign of ic. ...Read more

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What are the primary symptoms of interstitial cystitis?

What are the primary symptoms of interstitial cystitis?

Pain & frequency: Bladder or pelvic or retropubic pain increasing with bladder filling and relieved temporarily and/or partially by urinating. Frequent urination by day and night. Blood in urine. Bladder pain provoked by acid urine producing foods and beverages such as oj or tomato paste, fried or spicy foods or caffeine. Suggest you check: www. Interstitialcystitisassociation. Com. ...Read more

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Hi I think I have chronic prostatitis or interstitial cystitis I have constant urgency through the day (not night) and have all the signs of it?

Hi I think I have chronic prostatitis or interstitial cystitis I have constant urgency through the day (not night) and have all the signs of it?

Urology: I would consult a urologist to have all the testing done and certain diagnosis made. Chronic prostatitis and interstitial cystitis would be treated differently so getting the right diagnosis is important. ...Read more

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I am a urology patient diagnosis of interstitial cystitis. I moved during and was unable to complete treatment and am very swollen and should I go ER?

I am a urology patient diagnosis of interstitial cystitis. I moved during and was unable to complete treatment and am very swollen and should I go ER?

Where?: Where are you swollen? Please re-establish with a urologist for your interstitial cystitis.It would help if you clarify your question regarding the "swollen" part. ...Read more

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Do I seriously have to have surgical cystoscopy for my doctor to diagnose interstitial cystitis?

Do I seriously have to have surgical cystoscopy for my doctor to diagnose interstitial cystitis?

No: Not unless you've tried all the basic stuff like diet first. Your doc should always try that first. The aua has a protocol and cysto is about 1/2way through. Try ichelp. Org
the american urologic association has made clear that cystoscopy with hydrodistention does play a role, its just later down the line for non-responders. Some patients even get soem relief with it. ...Read more

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Is there a diagnostic test available for interstitial cystitis?

Is there a diagnostic test available for interstitial cystitis?

IC: There are 3 basic ways of diagnosing ic, history of urgency/frequency, pain with full bladder and on exam pain over the bladder in the abscence of infection. A potassium sensitivity test done in the office and a cystoscopy with hydrodistension of the bladder done in the operating room under anesthesia. ...Read more

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Is there a test for interstitial cystitis?

Yes/no: We must look for infection or other cause for bladder discomfort but usually this diagnosis is based on what you tell us your symptoms are. ...Read more

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Help! Dx'd w/ interstitial cystitis as child (pelvic pain w/ full bladder, glomerulations present w/ distention).Dsmo helped! New md doubts ic. Did no tests & is clueless.?

Help! Dx'd w/ interstitial cystitis as child (pelvic pain w/ full bladder, glomerulations present w/ distention).Dsmo helped! New md doubts ic. Did no tests & is clueless.?

2nd opinion: There are a variety of treatments for interstitial cystitis including medications and dietary changes. If you are not satisfied with the diagnosis of this physician then consider getting a second opinion. Emiron is a highly effective medication. Lidocaine bladder irrigation and interstim could also be considered. ...Read more

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Can interstitial cystitis cause sharp shooting vaginal and rectal pain in addition to cramping w/ full bladder? A urologist I knows says "nope". Ic doesn't do that.

Can interstitial cystitis cause sharp shooting vaginal and rectal pain in addition to cramping w/ full bladder? A urologist I knows says "nope". Ic doesn't do that.

Consider workup: While it is possible that ic can cause quite severe pelvic floor pain, you should be seen by a urologist who is familiar with ic. Make sure there is not something else going on to cause your pain, such as endometriosis, infection, abscess, mass. ...Read more

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When a man has interstitial cystitis, what does it mean?

IC: Ic is often seen in females, but males can have the symptoms too....It really describes a group of symptoms and is not specifically in one gender. ...Read more

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

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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What are some different diet and supplement treatments for interstitial cystitis?

What are some different diet and supplement treatments for interstitial cystitis?

Ic diet: You can go to the ic association web site that has very good resources for diet and supplements. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could chinese medicine cure interstitial cystitis?

No: I'm sorry. It's a difficult chronic problem that must be managed. If a cure existed, the research piranhas at the NIH would be all over it -- they are driven by jealousy and vanity, which is stronger even than the greed of Big Pharma. If a charlatan offers a cure and you don't recover, he/she will blame you and try to sell you something else. An honest holist will tell you the same. ...Read more

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What's the best treatment to get rid of interstitial cystitis?

All of following: Avoid acid urine producing beverages and foods ie oj, tomato sauce etc. Try prelief or Tums to alkalinize urine. Elavil at night takes 2-3 weeks to be effective. Anticholinergic ie oxybutinin to reduce overactive bladder symptoms.Elmiron (pentosan) x# daily for bladder lining protection. Pain meds as required. Cystoscopic bladder hydrodistension, DMSO coctail instillations may help. Urologist with ic interest. ...Read more

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How can interstitial cystitis be managed? Can it be the cause for reoccurring pyelonephritis? Any drugs for interstitial cystitis that can help?

Elm iron: Ic is a chronic inflammation in the "wall" (interstitium) of the bladder resulting in pain, frequency and blood in the urine. Reportedly more common in women, it is probably well under diagnosed in men. Best managed with dietary/lifestyle (hydration), there is only 1 medication approved by the fda - elmiron, (pentosan) to "fill the cracks" in the bladder lining. Intravesical (in the bladder) txs available. ...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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Can I get interstitial cystitis from having rough sex once?

Can I get interstitial cystitis from having rough sex once?

Unlikely: For a man, one episode of rough sex may cause temporary penis symptoms, but should not cause bladder symptoms. For a woman, there can be some bruising at the urethral meatus opening, and the part of the urethra just inside the meatus, which can lead to regular UTI symptoms, but would be unlikely to cause interstitial cystitis from that one uti. The cause of interstitial cystitis is not known. ...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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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?

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?

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

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


Dr. James Dukelow
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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