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Please tell me, could chinese medicine cure interstitial cystitis?

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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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Alternative Medicine (Definition)

Alternative medicine is the practice of healing that does not fall into the realm of conventional allopathic medicine. Many think it is usually based on cultural or historical traditions rather than scientific data. However, only recently is science catching up with history. For example, acupuncture meridians have finally been discovered by science. Types of alternative medicine include ...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?

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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I was put on elavil (amitriptyline) for interstitial cystitis but i read that it causes retention. Why would i be on this medicine then?

I was put on elavil (amitriptyline) for interstitial cystitis but i read that it causes retention. Why would i be on this medicine then?

Elavil (amitriptyline): Elavil (amitriptyline) at low doses can be helpful in chronic pain conditions like interstitial cystitis. It's true that Elavil (amitriptyline) also has strong anticholinergic properties that can lead to urinary retention, constipation, etc. This doesn't usually happen at the low doses used to symptomatically help interstitial cystitis. Please discuss this with your own physician. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have fibre muscular dysplasia is this caused by taking the drug elmiron (pentosan) for ten years I take it for interstitial cystitis ?

I have fibre muscular dysplasia is this caused by taking the drug elmiron (pentosan) for ten years   I take it for interstitial cystitis   ?

Here are some ...: It's natural to relate "new" health event with prior drug use. However, your clinical scenario showed you have suffered from multiple similar connective tissue-related conditions resulting from still much unknown causes. Besides, a 10-yr span has incurred much change in the body. So, it's hard to connect Elmira with fibromuscular dysplasia, which has been known to occur more in women. ...Read more

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I have interstitial cystitis im suppose to take elmiron (pentosan) medicine but im afraid to because the side effect is hair loss and I already lose to much hair?

I have interstitial cystitis im suppose to take elmiron (pentosan) medicine but im afraid to because the side effect is hair loss and I already lose to much hair?

Hair loss: Hair loss is a potential side effect but does not affect everyone. Save the hair from you brush/comb for one week in a bag then start elmiron (pentosan) and save hair for one week after taking elm iron and see if any difference. ...Read more

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How to be diagnosed with interstitial cystitis?

See a urologist: You may need to get in to see a urologist for an exam and a test called cystoscopy to look in the bladder to see if you may have this condition. ...Read more

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Can I still work if I have interstitial cystitis?

Can I still work if I have interstitial cystitis?

Yes: Depending on how symptomatic you are you can go to work. Talk to your urologist about local anesthetic that can be injected into the bladder to relieve discomfort and pain. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have got interstitial cystitis?

IC: While interstitial cystitis is largely a clinical diagnosis based on symptoms, there are a few tests and examinations which can help clarify diagnosis. It may help to have a cystoscopy and hydrodilation of the bladder as well as bladder biopsies. ...Read more

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Is there more then one type of interstitial cystitis?

Is there more then one type of interstitial cystitis?

Yes: One type of ic is more commonly associated with older women in which case the bladder may be markedly contracted and there are "hunner's" ulcers or splits in the bladder lining. Second type, more commonly in younger women and the occasional male has similar symtoms of pain, blood in urine plus bladder overactivity, but bladder is normal or larger than normal in size & responds better to treatment. ...Read more

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Can I apply for disability for interstitial cystitis?

Can I apply for disability for interstitial cystitis?

IC: It is very difficult to qualify for disability for interstitial cystitis. Any disease which is poorly understood, has no definitive diagnostic test and has no effective treatment is going to be difficult can get qualified for disability . ...Read more

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How do deal with the pain from interstitial cystitis?

How do deal with the pain from interstitial cystitis?

TOUGH PROBLEM: Ic pain is difficult to control. Articles talk about d-mannose supplements to cranberry juis/dried fruit form/capsules/pyridium, etc. Lots of water and avoiding caffeinated /carbonated products may help, as it eliminates the acidity fluctuations that lead to inflammation and bacterial overgrowth. Hope this helps, it's a tough one to have and very frustrating to treat. ...Read more

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Can you have Interstitial cystitis pain on one side?

Can  you have Interstitial cystitis pain on one side?

Unlikely: It is possible, but unlikely. Pain to one side usually suggest a source other than the bladder. Best to see your doctor for evaluation ...Read more

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What is a common misdiagnosis for interstitial cystitis?

What is a common misdiagnosis for interstitial cystitis?

Depends: Interstitial cystitis is usually diagnosed by looking directly inside the bladder. If the diagnosis is done by history and physical exam, it could be confused with a urinary tradct infection, endometriosis orpelvic inflamatory disease. ...Read more

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I need help! How do I know if I have interstitial cystitis?

Urologist: Please consult a urologist as this is not a do it yourself diagnosis. ...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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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

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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


Dr. Barbara Lavi
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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