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What causes belly button pain that radiates straight down some in interstitial cystitis patients?

What causes belly button pain that radiates straight down some in interstitial cystitis patients?

Urachus: There is an embryologic remnant of the bladder that runs from the bladder to the bellybutton called the urachus. It is related to how the bladder develops. This is also why pushing in the belly button is some people makes then feel like they need to urinate. ...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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Pain below my belly button, off to the right which I've had for ages. The doc thought interstitial cystitis but I'm not so sure. Could it be ovarian pain?

Pain below my belly button, off to the right which I've had for ages. The doc thought interstitial cystitis but I'm not so sure. Could it be ovarian pain?

Yes: It's at the right spot. If it continues make sure you go back to your doctor. Sometimes ovarian cysts can rupture and cause pain. Ultrasound can be helpful. ...Read more

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Have interstitial cystitis I generally have alot of pain buthave been in severe pain since yesterday in my belly. Usual area is this something differe?

Have interstitial cystitis I generally have alot of pain buthave been in severe pain since yesterday in my belly. Usual area is this something differe?

Needs to be checked: The pain in abdomen and we don't know what part of abdomen the pain is and as you say it is not in the usual area of pain due to Interstitial Cystitis.
Since it is a new kind of pain it should be checked by your Primary Care Doctor to find the cause of the pain and treat appropriately
We don't have enough information to even guess what it could be caused by.
Need detailed history and Physical Exam ...Read more

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Lower left abdomen/back pain, I have interstitial cystitis, endometriosis, ibs, and pfd. The pain is unbearable, can any of these be the cause? Help: (

Lower left abdomen/back pain, I have interstitial cystitis, endometriosis, ibs, and pfd. The pain is unbearable, can any of these be the cause? Help: (

Back Pain: Could be unrelated. As with most pain conditions, there can be a variety of potential problems that can cause the pain that you are describing. It is difficult to diagnose with the short description given and without a proper physical examination. Pain is often a sign of inflammation. A qualified pain specialist should be able to help. ...Read more

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I've had a cystoscopy to rule out interstitial cystitis but am still having chronic pain in the abdomen and through the urethra as well as into my vaginal area. I feel the need to urinate frequently and am still seeing doctors to try to figure this out.

See complete answer: Pelvic pain can be multifactorial. There is often more than one thing that is contributing to the problem. Sources can include gi, gu, reproductive, musculoskeletal and other issues. It may take a number of physicians and diagnostic tests to determine the problem. ...Read more

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Can stomach cancer be diagnosed without actual tumors being visuall? I have hpylori, severe gastritis and ulcers along with interstitial cystitis.

Can stomach cancer be diagnosed without actual tumors being visuall? I have hpylori, severe gastritis and ulcers along with interstitial cystitis.

Yes: Stomach cancer is usually diagnosed by looking at biopsy specimens under the microscope. Samples are obtained by scope evaluation (egd). Treat your stomach problems with potent acid-blockers; avoid smoking, alcohol, and other irritants. Barrett's esophagitis or stomach cancer should be monitored by your GI doctor with regular egds. ...Read more

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I have ridges or bumpy fingernails on my right hand. I've been diagnosed with hypothyroidism, Interstitial cystitis, fibro, tachycardia, anxiety. I have bumps that stay on my arms (rash) and thighs. They will also pop up behind my ears and down my nec

I have ridges or bumpy fingernails on my right hand. I've been diagnosed with hypothyroidism, Interstitial cystitis, fibro, tachycardia, anxiety. I have bumps that stay on my arms (rash) and thighs. They will also pop up behind my ears and down my nec

CONSULT DERMATOLOGIS: With your History of Multible Medical Conditions, and you have to on few medications and the rash you described
It is very difficult to say what is causing the bumps on your arms and thighs
I will suggest you consult a Dematologist to find what these bumps are due to ...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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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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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?

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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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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Can urine nitrates be a symptom of interstitial cystitis?

Can urine nitrates be a symptom of interstitial cystitis?

Nitrites sign of UTI: Nitrite testing is thus to demonstrate bacteria in the urine & will be negative in subjects with interstitial cystitis unless they also have a urinary tract infection. Symptoms are something that you feel, & symptoms of ic are similar to utis, ie urinary frequency and bladder or pelvic pain. Microscopic hematuria (blood in urine) in absence of a UTI & negative urinary nitrites could be sign of ic. ...Read more

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Can having sex bring on symptoms of interstitial cystitis?

Sex/dyspareunia/IC: Yes; dyspareunia and ic are often related. It is felt that intercourse can precipitate exacerbations of ic. ...Read more

Dr. Linda Callaghan
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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. Michael Gabor
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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