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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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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?

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?

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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Dr. William Singer
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Kidney Stones (Definition)

Seriously- renal stones are the result of postive and negatively charged particles in urine binding together and precipitating as solids- most frequently as calcium- oxalate. This happens most often when the urine is concentrated- ie when you are dehydrated. And trying to pass these stones from the kidney to the bladder is incredibly painful. ...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