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What can cause a bladder spasm and ?Irritated bladder but no infection?

What can cause a bladder spasm and ?Irritated bladder but no infection?

BLADDER SPASM NO INF: You may have interstitial cystitis and you should cosult a urologist to confirm this condition and get treated. ...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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How do a bladder infection and cystitis differ?

How do a bladder infection and cystitis differ?

Could be the same...: "bladder infection" means the patient has micro-organisms (usually bacteria) growing in the urine/bladder. This is usually treated with antibiotics. "cystitis" is inflammation of the bladder. Inflammation can be caused by an infection but can also be caused by other things (such as bladder/kidney stones or other non-infectious causes of inflammation). Hope that this helps. ...Read more

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I have recurring cystitis after having a bladder infection last January. Did it trigger something in my bladder? It happens with sex and acidic drinks

I have recurring cystitis after having a bladder infection last January. Did it trigger something in my bladder? It happens with sex and acidic drinks

Need urine cultures: Identifying bacteria or microorganisms would help confirm your diagnosis (of recurring cystitis) and select the appropriate antibiotics or medication. Symptoms of urethritis (burning on urination, frequency, urgency...) particularly after sex may mimic those of cystitis and resolve spontaneously. Postcoital recurrent cystitis may require prolonged or frequent Macrodantins, or GU consultation... ...Read more

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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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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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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

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

Good question.: That is a very important distinction. A simple urine test can answer the question. Just drop a urine sample by your doctors office for evaluation. ...Read more

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Dr. James Chapman
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more