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Urologist says I have sponge kidneys and possibly interstitial cystitis.What do I expect for my interstitial cystitis check up ? Will it hurt?

Urologist says I have sponge kidneys and possibly interstitial cystitis.What do I expect for my interstitial cystitis check up ? Will it hurt?

Interstitial cystiti: Ic is a painful poorly understood condition of the bladder. Many believe simply changing one's diet (avoiding acidic and spicy foods) can help. Your urologist can also prescribe medicines to help alleviate pain and eventually promote healing of your bladder lining (urothelium). They may also infuse medicines into your bladder which can help with an acute flareup. ...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


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I took macrobid 2x/5 days for a severe uti. I have Interstitial Cystitis & now have kidney pain.Would Clindamyacin help w/kidney infection?

I took macrobid 2x/5 days for a severe uti. I have Interstitial Cystitis & now have kidney pain.Would Clindamyacin help w/kidney infection?

Different Antibiotic: If you have kidney pain, you need to be re-evaluated for a kidney infection. Clindamycin is NOT going to help by itself and is NOT the standard of outpatient therapy for a possible kidney infection. You should have your urine rechecked and make sure that they do a urine culture in addition to the urinalysis. They can start you on Macrobid twice daily until the results are back. ...Read more

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When a man has interstitial cystitis, what does it mean?

When a man has interstitial cystitis, what does it mean?

IC: Ic is often seen in females, but males can have the symptoms too....It really describes a group of symptoms and is not specifically in one gender. ...Read more

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Can a man be a carrier of a bladder infection? Like cystitis, interstitial cystitis, or urinary tract infection?

Can a man be a carrier of a bladder infection? Like cystitis, interstitial cystitis, or urinary tract infection?

Not really: The only role a male has in female cystitis is by the mechanical aspect of sexual intercourse or possibly cunnilingus. He is not transmitting the organism from his body to hers but facilitating the transmission of her own bacteria into her bladder. ...Read more

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How do you get tested for ?Interstitial cystitis?

How do you get tested for ?Interstitial cystitis?

Clinically: No labs are useful for diagnosing interstitial cystitis, but the blood vessels on the inner lining of the bladder present a distinctive apperance on cystoscopy. It's a difficult disease and i wish you luck. ...Read more

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Can you tell me more about interstitial cystitis?

Bladder inflammation: Interstitial cystitis is a chronic painful bladder disorder that affects approximately 1 million americans. The exact cause is not known. Symptoms are similar to a bladder infection with urgency to urinate, pain and pressure. Treatments are tailored to individual patients. These may include Elmiron (pentosan) (the first oral medication approved specifically for ic), antihistamines, and pain medications. ...Read more

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Are there any good home remedies for interstitial cystitis?

Yes: There are many ways to help with the symptoms. Dietary modifications help some people. I would check out http://www.Ichelp.Org for more information. ...Read more

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How often will I see flare-ups from my interstitial cystitis?

How often will I see flare-ups from my interstitial cystitis?

IC: Flares can vary in frequency and need not to have a pattern if all the other painful conditions that co-exists with ic(endometriosis, vulvodynia, ibs, pelvic floor muscle dysfunction, etc) are treated properly. ...Read more

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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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My wife has interstitial cystitis. Any advice on how to deal with it?

Find an experienced: Urologist or urogynecologist to help you manage this syndrome. ...Read more

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Interstitial cystitis, newly diagnosed. Pain is intense. What can I use?

Difficult: You have my sympathy. Pentosan polysulfate sodium ("elmiron") for several months is a mainstay of treatment but only helps some and will itself cause you stomach troubles. You will want to join the interstitial cystitis association and network with others. No one has looked at elimination diet as a trial of therapy for interstitial cystits. ...Read more

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My wife doesn't care about sex. Is it because she has interstitial cystitis?

Communicate: Interstitial cystitis isn't the whole answer though it make make for some discomfort. This kind of problem can be a disaster for a marriage. I would urge the two of you to get with your personal physician, speak with him/her together, then separately. If marriage counseling is an option, please choose a wise guide. Best wishes and I hope that the situation can be remedied. ...Read more

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It's possible that I could have interstitial cystitis? What are the typical symptoms one has?

Dysuria, others.: Dysuria, frequency, urgency, and suprapubic pain are signals for cystitis. Keep in mind that this can be asymptomatic. ...Read more

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Do portable heating pads help with interstitial cystitis pain?

For some people: Sone people find that a heating pad can help them with some of the discomfort from interstitial cystitis. ...Read more

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Are there side effects that go along with interstitial cystitis?

? Little unclear: Side effects usually refer to medication, treatment or surgery. Symptoms of ic are pelvic, low back pain or bladder pain relieved by voiding + urgency and frequency of voiding + mild blood in urine.All worsened by acid producing foods or beverages, caffeine, fried or spicy foods. A few conditions are sometimes associated with ic:fibromyalgia, migraines, irritable or inflammatory bowel disease. ...Read more

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Any new treatment options for interstitial cystitis?

Any new treatment options for interstitial cystitis?

Yes: There are medications and recommendations for change of diet and lifestyle ...Read more

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Will catheters relieve the urgency symptoms of interstitial cystitis?

Will catheters relieve the urgency symptoms of interstitial cystitis?

No: Unless one has urinary retention, catheters will not help improve the urinary symptoms and in fact may worsen them because it will cause more trauma to the bladder lining with the catheter and cause more symptoms. ...Read more

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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


Kidney (Definition)

The kidneys are paired organs that lie on either side of the vertebral column. Part of their critical functions include the excretion of urine and removal of nitrogenous wastes products from the blood. They regulate acid-base, electrolyte, fluid balance and blood pressure. Through hormonal signals, the kidneys control the ...Read more