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Doctor insights on: Treatments For Interstitial Cystitis

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Recommendations for natural or home treatments for interstitial cystitis?

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

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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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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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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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

Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
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Interstitial Cystitis (Definition)

Interstitial cystitis is a chronic disease of the bladder, causing pain, for which the cause is presently unknown. It is associated with urinary frequency, urgency and waking at night to urinate. It is a diagnosis of exclusion, in that other causes of bladder pain/urgency/frequency should be excluded first. Ic can be ...Read more


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