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Over The Counter Treatment For Interstitial Cystitis
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
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
After going through treatment for interstitial cystitis, will my bladder capacity go back to normal?
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
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
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
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
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
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
I have been diagnosed with interstitial cystitis. Can a dsmo w/ lidocaine and sodium bicarbonate treatment cause constipation?
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
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'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
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
Is pelvic floor rehabilitation therapy effective for interstitial cystitis (aka: painful bladder syndrome)?
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
Can low estrogen be the cause of interstitial cystitis and irregular period? If its then what is the cure?
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
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?
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
How do I know if my interstitial cystitis is flaring up or if I am getting a UTI? I was just recently diagnosed with IC, and don't have much experience managing it beyond using a bladder friendly diet.
Urgency cystitis: The symptoms of UTI and "interstitial cystitis" are similar, but the "IC" symptoms are more frequent, and not based on active infection, but a more sensitive and muscular bladder wall, which can produce some incontinence also. At 24, it is unusual to have acquired "IC", so perhaps it is chronic urethritis, which can be treated favorably by urethral dilation: see a female urologist for advice. ...Read more
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
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
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
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