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What is the best treatment for interstitial cystitis that won't cause weight gain?

What is the best treatment for interstitial cystitis that won't cause weight gain?

See your doctor: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...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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After having treatment for interstitial cystitis, will my bladder capacity return back to normal?

After having treatment for interstitial cystitis, will my bladder capacity return back to normal?

Yes: Usually with interstitial cystitis the symptoms of frequent urination occurs because the bladder wall is inflammed. Bladder capacity remains unchanged. Once treated you get symptomatic relief. ...Read more

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After going through treatment for interstitial cystitis, will my bladder capacity go back to normal?

After going through treatment for interstitial cystitis, will my bladder capacity go back to normal?

IC: As the bladder regenerates and the inflammatory response stabilizes, the ability of the bladder to relax improves. The bladder becomes more flexible and the capacity improves. ...Read more

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I currently take 5 to 10 mg. Of Valium at bedtime as part of treatment for interstitial cystitis. Can I take norflex (orphenadrine) to help with back muscle tightness also?

Interstitial cystiti: Ic is quite often associated with high tone pelvic floor musculature. This contributes to overall pelvic aching ; is a major factor for dyspareunia. Muscle relaxers, including valium, do have a role in treating this aspect of ic. I often prescribe valium vaginal suppositories rather than oral valium. Regardless of how it's ingested though, valium can be addicting. ...Read more

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What's a simple, cheap treatment for my interstitial cystitis?

What's a simple, cheap treatment for my interstitial cystitis?

IC: There is no cheap simple cure for ic...It is a very complex condition that many people throw around in appropriately. There is no classic test, other conditions must be ruled out first. ...Read more

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What's the best treatment to get rid of interstitial cystitis?

What's the best treatment to get rid of interstitial cystitis?

All of following: Avoid acid urine producing beverages and foods ie oj, tomato sauce etc. Try prelief or Tums to alkalinize urine. Elavil at night takes 2-3 weeks to be effective. Anticholinergic ie oxybutinin to reduce overactive bladder symptoms.Elmiron (pentosan) x# daily for bladder lining protection. Pain meds as required. Cystoscopic bladder hydrodistension, DMSO coctail instillations may help. Urologist with ic interest. ...Read more

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Interstitial cystitis - what is the best treatment?

Interstitial cystitis - what is the best treatment?

There are many: Interstitial cystitis can improve with a lot of treatments. Hydrodistension & bladder instillations can help. Medications like elmiron, (pentosan) bladder antispasmotics & antihistamines may work. Medications for neuropathic pain like Amitriptyline and Gabapentin are often effective. While not fda approved for ic, sacralneuromodulation (interstim) works well for some people. Discuss options with your doctor. ...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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I have interstitial cystitis. What is the newest, latest treatment?

I have interstitial cystitis. What is the newest, latest treatment?

Multimodal.: Therapy is typically multi-modal, including the use of a bladder coating agent (cystistat (sodium hyaluronate) and uracyst (chondroitin)), an antihistamine, and a low dose antidepressant (amitriptyline) to fight neurogenic inflammation. Use of pentosan polysulfate or heparin, sodium hyaluronate, Lidocaine and sodium bicarbonate, stops flare ups. ...Read more

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Which treatment works the best and fastest for interstitial cystitis?

IC treatments: Simple things like limiting caffeine and soda is a start. There are no magic fixes for ic but there is no test that can tell you have it...Other things need to be ruled out first...A urologist is the best doc to start with... ...Read more

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Is interstitial cystitis always progressive? Even with treatment and diet?

Is interstitial cystitis always progressive? Even with treatment and diet?

No: Patients can be in remission for several weeks and months at a time, especially if you avoid the triggers as you stated. ...Read more

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Recommendations for natural or home treatments for interstitial cystitis?

Varied: Physical therapy with pelvic floor relaxation offers improvement for some patients. You need to find a therapist with experience to truly get benefit. Some patients claim improvement with avoiding artificial sweetners, acidic foods-orange juice, lemons, and spicy foods. Every patient is a little different. Look up the irritable bowel diet recs and there is overlap with inter. Cystitis diets. ...Read more

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I have interstitial cystitis and I have tried all the regular treatments including diet. I am in severe pain all the time. What can I do?

I have interstitial cystitis and I have tried all the regular treatments including diet. I am in severe pain all the time. What can I do?

See pelvic pain: Specialist. It's possible you may have concomitant problems like ibs or endometriosis or pelvic floor dysfunction. There r several more meds and diet is not just tried - u have to stay with it. ...Read more

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I've been diagnosed with interstitial cystitis - the pain is so intense I take mst & sevredol each day. What treatments can you recommend?

I've been diagnosed with interstitial cystitis - the pain is so intense I take mst & sevredol each day. What treatments can you recommend?

Other therapies: That can help include bladder instillations, antihistamines like Hydroxyzine or cimetidine, elmiron, (pentosan) oab meds like oxybutinin. Pelvic floor pt due to painful, contracted muscles can be helpful as well as acupuncture. This can be a very frustrating problem to cope with. I hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for the pain from interstitial cystitis?

What are the treatments for the pain from interstitial cystitis?

There are many: Pain from interstitial cystitis can improve with a lot of treatments. Hydrodistension and bladder instillations can help. Medications like Elmiron (pentosan) and antihistamines may work. Medications for neuropathic pain like Amitriptyline and Gabapentin are often effective. While not fda approved for pain, sacralneuromodulation (interstim) works well for some people. Discuss options with your doctor. ...Read more

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What are some different diet and supplement treatments for interstitial cystitis?

What are some different diet and supplement treatments for interstitial cystitis?

Ic diet: You can go to the ic association web site that has very good resources for diet and supplements. ...Read more

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Is pelvic floor rehabilitation therapy effective for interstitial cystitis (aka: painful bladder syndrome)?

Is pelvic floor rehabilitation therapy effective for interstitial cystitis (aka: painful bladder syndrome)?

For symptoms yes: But it probably doesn't actually treat the condition ie heal the bladder wall. Painful bladder syndrome includes manythings that aren't ic such as pelvic floor dysfunction that will respond well to rehab. ...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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Can low estrogen be the cause of interstitial cystitis and irregular period? If its then what is the cure?

Can low estrogen be the cause of interstitial cystitis and irregular period? If its then what is the cure?

Low estrogen: Does not cause interstitial cystitis - however it may be a factor in irregular periods. Interstitial cystitis should be treated by a specialist inthe field - either a gynecologist or urologist. ...Read more

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Can interstitial cystitis symptoms be worsened by fibromyalgia? I was going to get botox treatment, but can't, any ideas to help other than diet

Can interstitial cystitis symptoms be worsened by fibromyalgia? I was going to get botox treatment, but can't, any ideas to help other than diet

Yes; associated: ? If Fibromyalgia, FM, worsens Interstitial Cystitis, IC. Urinary frequency & urgency, aka IC, common symptoms of FM, wherein pelvic girdle sacroiliac joint subluxation impinges overlying presacral neural plexus/parasympathetic nerves responsible for urinary bladder smooth muscle contraction & bladder evacuation. Rational therapy of IC includes pelvic girdle stabilization via Prolotherapy/fusion. ...Read more

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I am a urology patient diagnosis of interstitial cystitis. I moved during and was unable to complete treatment and am very swollen and should I go ER?

Where?: Where are you swollen? Please re-establish with a urologist for your interstitial cystitis.It would help if you clarify your question regarding the "swollen" part. ...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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Why does my doctor think that I don't have interstitial cystitis if I feel pain all the time?

Bladder infection: It depends on the testing which was done and if you had cystoscopy, as to the determination of bladder inflammation. If the pain is not only during urination or general abdominal pain, there may be many possible causes, unrelated to the bladder. ...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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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 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?

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

Dr. Andrew Berry
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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. Milroy Samuel
6 Doctors shared insights

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