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How can I tell the difference between a interstitial cystitis flare and a bladder infection?

How can I tell the difference between a interstitial cystitis flare  and a bladder infection?

IC vs UTI: Many times you can't tell the difference; and often a "flare" if ic can be precipitated by a uti. Check the appearance of your urine through a clear glass - if "cloudy" or foul-smelling it's likely to be a uti, but it could also be a UTI (early) even if grossly clear and without a odor. The best test would be a urinalysis and follow up with your urologist. ...Read more

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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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

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What to do if I have bladder injections for interstitial cystitis?

Here are some ...: Since you've gone thus far in caring for IC, it would be more logical & beneficial for you to bring this Q to the treating urologist, who should be able to answer your concern more to the points pertaining to your individual condition. So, collaborate with Doc and follow instruction with realistic expectation. ...Read more

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Whats the difference between interstitial cystitis or painful bladder syndrome?

Whats the difference between  interstitial cystitis or painful bladder syndrome?

Same, 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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Good ways to cope with an interstitial cystitis (painful bladder syndrome) sufferer?

Diet, diet& diet: Mainly sticking to the diet. U can try Pyridium and prelief during flares, take zantac (ranitidine) and Tums regularly, elmirontherapy if indicated. Cysta q is a herbal supplement u can try pelvic floor therapy and aerobic exercise are good. Manage endometriosis, ibs, and allergies aggressively. ...Read more

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What is interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome?

What is interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome?

InterstitialCystitis: Ic is a clinical diagnosis(dx) and a DX of exclusion. This means that if the symptom of pelvic pain, worse with a full bladder and alleviated by bladder emptying, is present, then diagnostics including cystoscopy can be used to rule out other potential causes of these symptoms. If no other causes are found then the diagnoses of ic can be made, even without classic cystoscopic findings. ...Read more

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I have interstitial cystitis. Is it common to bleed after getting a bladder instillation?

Interstitial cystits: It is not common, but it is certainly possible. To some degree, it also depends on what chemical agents are being instilled. There are several different regimens for intravesical therapy. The ic bladder can also have ulcerations that are prone to irritation and bleeding in severe cases. Talk to your urologist about this. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have both overactive bladder and interstitial cystitis at the same time?

Is it possible to have both overactive bladder and interstitial cystitis at the same time?

Yes similar symptoms: You need to clarify with your urologist but there can be similar symptom depending on your official diagnosis. ...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. Gregory Moneta
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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