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Can someone with interstitial cystitis go on a colon cleanse/drink acai berry?

Can someone with interstitial cystitis go on a colon cleanse/drink acai berry?

Not going to help: Someone is trying to take advantage of you! "colon cleanse" is a non-medical scam. And, yes, i've heard those crazy ads about "buildup" in the colon too - utter nonsense! acai is another scam. See a competent urologist or urogynecologist and realize that no matter what you do ic systems will tend to improve and worse over time on their own. ...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


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If I have interstitial cystitis can I drink orange juice or other juices?

If I have interstitial cystitis can I drink orange juice or other juices?

Possibly: Some people seem to be sensitive to foods that they eat or drink and others don't seem to be affected at all by what they drink. Try it and pay attention to your body. If you feel the same that day and the next, then it probably doesn't matter what you eat or drink. If you have more frequency or pain, then it might be something you need to avoid. ...Read more

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I have recently been diagnosed with interstitial cystitis and I was wondering what the typical diet plan is for food and things to drink and snack on?

I have recently been diagnosed with interstitial cystitis and I was wondering what the typical diet plan is for food and things to drink and snack on?

Cystitis diet: Eliminate bladder irritants -- caffeine, carbonated sodas, citrus, chocolate, pickled foods, alcohol, spices, tomatoes, and artificial sweeteners. Empty bladder by the clock. Frequently. Do not smoke. Avoid secondary smoke. Wear looser clothing. Reduce emotional stress. Exercise. Stretch abd and waist and groin. Acupuncture may help. Avoid uti. Drink 3 liter/d. Incline diet to alkaline. ...Read more

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How to be diagnosed with interstitial cystitis?

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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Why do I have all symptoms of interstitial cystitis even if i don't have it?

You likely have it.: If you have the symptoms, you likely have it. You may even have upper urinary ttract infection, and not know it. You'd be wise to see your doctor for urinalysis and culture and other tests to find out what infection you have before it does permanent damage. ...Read more

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I have interstitial cystitis. I was wondering if someone could please explain to me what may be causing it and what I could do for the pain. ?

IC: This is a condition where there is inflammation within your bladder wall. This is not a common condition. How were you dx, most cases need a cystoscopy and biopsy. I would talk to your Urologist and see if a culture was send and the results of the same. Also if a biopsy was taken. Seeing a Urologist is warranted. Hope this helps. Best of luck ...Read more

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Does discharge come with interstitial cystitis?

Does discharge come with interstitial cystitis?

No typically: Intersitial cystitis is a bladder problem related to pain from the lining of the bladder. Ic is not associated with a discharge. If you are having pelvic pain and a vaginal discharge, then an infection is likely and you should be seen and evaluated. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Griggs
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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. Abraham Jaskiel
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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