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Will my radiation cystitis go away once I'm done with radiation therapy?

Will my radiation cystitis go away once I'm done with radiation therapy?

Yes: Radiation cystitis means irritation of bladder because of radiation. It is usually short lived and should resolve within a couple of weeks after radiation. The severity depends on the amount of radiation and the volume being radiated. ...Read more

Dr. Warren Foster
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What is radiation cystitis?

What is radiation cystitis?

Inflammation: The bladder lining is inflamed and causes a burning sensation when urinating. A urinalysis should be done to make sure it's not infection. The symptoms if burning and frequent small amounts is the same for any cause of cystitis. ...Read more

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How common is radiation cystitis?

It is common: When we give radiation near the bladder or to the bladder it is fairly common. This only means an inflammation of the lining of the bladder. Radiation can irritate this lining and therefore the patient feels a sensation on urinating. It can be as little as just noticing it, frequency or frank burning. We have medication to ease this symptom and after radiation is complete it usually goes away. ...Read more

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What exactly is radiation cystitis?

Bladder Inflammation: This is a side effect of radiation therapy which is used as treatment for pelvic tumors. Symptoms include blood in urine, voiding problems and incontinence. Treatment of this condition can be medical or surgical depending on the severity. ...Read more

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Radiation cystitis: I am currently extremely limited in what I can do: ie walking lifting things, general household duties as I am in constant pain?

Radiation cystitis: I am currently extremely limited in what I can do: ie walking lifting things, general household duties as I am in constant pain?

Radiation cystitis: Depending on when you received radiation therapy, your symptoms may or may not be explained by radiation cystitis. Generally irritation to the bladder to the level you're describing occurs while receiving radiation or shortly thereafter. Radiation cystitis that is noted cystoscopically years after pelvic radiation most often is not painful and does not cause urgency or incontinence. ...Read more

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How can I tell the difference between radiation cystitis and spread of my cancer to the bladder?

How can I tell the difference between radiation cystitis and spread of my cancer to the bladder?

Cystoscopy + biopsy: Urine can be sent for cytology to see if there are any cancer cells present. More definitive is by cystoscopy and biopsy of any suspicious lesions in he bladder. ...Read more

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What's the first line treatment for an acute uncomplictated cystitis?

What's the first line treatment for an acute uncomplictated cystitis?

Antibiotics: Acute cystitis will respond to antibiotics that have cover most common urinary pathogens. ...Read more

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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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Treatment of cystitis cystica?

Treat if symptomatic: Cystitis cystica is commonly associated with recurrent utis in children who need to be on long term antibiotic prophylaxis to control or prevent utis. Diagnosed by cystoscopic examination & frequently an incidental finding in adults. Dose not require tretment if subject is devoid of bladder symptoms &/or does not suffer from multiple utis. ...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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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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Which treatment works the best and fastest for interstitial cystitis?

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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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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Can experiencing cystitis and it's treatment cause bright red and light menstrual flow?

Can experiencing cystitis and it's treatment cause bright red and light menstrual flow?

UTI: Cystitis is an infetcion of the bladder. It should not give you vaginal bleeding. Typical antibiotics for UTI does not cause abnormal bleeding unless you have an underlying platalet disease or other condition that would predispose you to bleed while taking certain antibiotics. ...Read more

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Is baking powder the same as bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) of soda for the treatment of cystitis?

Is baking powder the same as bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) of soda for the treatment of cystitis?

See comment: Basicaly the same. They are not your conventional treatment of cystitis...
No medical textbook advises treatment with baking powder. ...Read more

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Can recurrent urinary obstruction of "cystitis cystica glandularis" be treated with "cortisone"? Is there another known methods for treatment of cceg?

Can recurrent urinary obstruction of "cystitis cystica glandularis" be treated with "cortisone"? Is there another known methods for treatment of cceg?

No: It's really not inflammation -- "cystitis" is a misnomer" -- and throwing cortisone at it would be overkill even if it were. Leave it alone, or if it's possible to treat the underlying cause of the hydronephrosis. Wishing you the best. ...Read more

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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

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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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Hi dr. I have burning urination and ultra sound show me cystitis when I take treatment l fell better after then 1 month signs return?

Msy need antiseptic: You may need an antiseptic if it is related to intercourse. Empty your bladder, drink some water and if necessary a antiseptic medication will help. ...Read more

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Is an infection in my nose related to a previous diagnosis of and treatment for acute cystitis? Could both be caused by yeast overgrowth?

Very unlikely: I have never seen a yeast infection in the nose but have seen sinusitis caused by a different sort of fungus, aspergillus. You can be relatively sure it has nothing to do with treatment of your bladder infection. You should have a culture done to see what is causing the nasal infection. There is a slight risk of lymphatic spread of infection from your nose into your brain. ...Read more

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My ob diagnosed me w cystitis&bv (vag. Exam). Felt better after treatment, but symptoms came back after my period. What's wrong? Was I misdiagnosed?

My ob diagnosed me w cystitis&bv (vag. Exam). Felt better after treatment, but symptoms came back after my period. What's wrong? Was I misdiagnosed?

Recurrence: Sometimes bacterial vaginosis occurs due to an overgrowth of bacteria. It can be treated easily and recurr. Seek treatment again and if it recurs, a culture may be of use to determine the pathogen
Best wishes
Dr M ...Read more

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I've been having cystitis episodes than are getting worst. I also have difficult bowel movements and severe head pain alla this is related? Treatment

I've been having cystitis episodes than are getting worst. I also have difficult bowel movements and severe head pain alla this is related? Treatment

Most likely: See your doctor and...A chiropractor may help by aligning the pelvis and lower back. Chinese medicine and acupuncture can also help a great deal with the recovery and balancing your body. ...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 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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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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Trearment interstial cystitis?

Consult urology: A man with symptoms of ic should consult a urologist. There are many potential treatments. ...Read more