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Can interstitial cystitis cause bladder infections?

Can interstitial cystitis cause bladder infections?

Indirectly: An important aspect of ic is that inner lining of bladder may be damaged, thus bacteria gaining access to bladder can more easily attach or penetrate bladder lining.These bacteria can only be eliminated by antibiotics.Normal bladders have an intrinsic defense mechanism consisting of a protective coating to bladder lining which makes it more difficult for bacteria to attach or penetrate. ...Read more

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Bladder (Definition)

The bladder is a muscular organ in the pelvis that accepts urine from the kidneys, stores the urine at low pressure, & expels the urine during voluntary voiding. Though seemingly a simple reservoir, the bladder is a complex organ intricately connected with the brain and spinal cord with sensory, motor, and autonomic circuits. The muscular layer that contracts during voids ...Read more


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Does interstitial cystitis of the bladder cause a lot of uti's ?

No: Interstitial cystitis is different from a urinary tract infection (uti), although the symptoms can be very similar. A UTI is caused by either a bacterial or fungal infection. These are usually treated with antibiotics or antifungals. Interstitial cystitis is in the spectrum of a pain syndrome. In fact, in order to diagnose interstitial cystitis, you need to first make sure there is not a uti. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you have interstitial cystitis can it cause you to have bladder infections?

I'm just wondering, if you have interstitial cystitis can it cause you to have bladder infections?

Yes: Ic is an inflammation of the bladder wall that is not usually caused by bacteria while a UTI isp caused by bacteria. These can occur simultaneously and this is not an uncommon presentation but may be difficult to discern so see a doctor who specializes in treating ic. ...Read more

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If you have interstitial cystitis will t cause you to have frequent bladder infections?

If you have interstitial cystitis will t cause you to have frequent bladder infections?

Probably not: However, the urinary symptoms may make you or your doctor think of infections often, doing more tests, and documenting more episodes. ...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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I have bladder injections for interstitial cystitis?

I have bladder injections for interstitial cystitis?

My take is ...: As to bladder injection of Botox for IC, please ask your urologist for details on indication, expectations, complications, etc. timely besides viewing IC-related articles from many websites about IC, OAB, etc. ...Read more

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What to do with interstitial cystitis or painful bladder syndrome?

What to do with interstitial cystitis or painful bladder syndrome?

IC: Interstitial cystitis is not currently a disorder that can be cured. Most treatments are geared toward symptom reduction. Elmiron (pentosan) is the only FDA approved oral med for IC. It helps some but not all patients. Most need other therapeutic options in addition. See a urologist that treats a lot of patients with IC. They are more likely to offer you a variety of treatment modalities beyond Elmiron (pentosan). ...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. Daniel Saurborn
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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