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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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Just diagnosed w/ Hunner's ulcers. Is this the same as interstitial cystitis? Will they keep coming back after cystoscopy?

Just diagnosed w/ Hunner's ulcers.  Is this the same as interstitial cystitis?  Will they keep coming back after cystoscopy?

Yes=i.c.: Hunner's ulcers is the eponym for interstitial cystitis. I.C. is a symptom complex and a diagnosis of exclusion where you may have urinary urgency and pelvic pain in the absence of other physical findings. On cystoscopy, the urologist may see "ulcerations" or glomerulations. HOwever, these may not be true ulcerations and a biopsy can be negative, Mast cells, immune cells are sometimes implicated. ...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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What is interstitial cystitis?

What is interstitial cystitis?

Trigger points!!: This is a new look at an old idea. Janet g. Travell, md a pain pioneer concluded that chronic tissue pain was caused by numerous trigger points in muscle fibers causing the muscles to contract compressing nerves, vessels and alter the flow of lymphatics. The pyramidalis and pelvic floor muscles are the cause. So this is a mechanical cause and requires a manual treatment. Acupuncture! see files. ...Read more

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Interstitial cystitis -- what is it?

Interstitial cystitis -- what is it?

Painful Bladder: Ic is a condition that has multiple symptoms. Most common symptoms are frequent urination, urinary urgency and pain in the bladder and pelvic area. There is no definitive test to diagnose ic, but there is usually inflammation of the lining of the bladder that produces the symptoms. Treatments include dietary changes, medication, and possibly bladder instillation of various compounds. ...Read more

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Is interstitial cystitis progressive?

Is interstitial cystitis progressive?

Very often: More often than not is progressive if mild when diagnosed and subject fails to adjust diet, alkalinize urine, avoid caffeine and alcohol or fail to take prescribed medications if and when they helped to relieve symptoms. ...Read more

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Please advise what is interstitial cystitis ?

Please advise what is interstitial cystitis ?

InterstitialCystitis: It is a chronic inflammatory condition of the bladder. There is no clear cut knowledge of what causes this condition. Theories have been autoimmune, diet, allergies, inflammatory conditions Resources: http://kidney.niddk.nih.gov/kudiseases/pubs/interstitialcystitis/ www.ichelp.org www.ic-network.com ...Read more

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What the heck is interstitial cystitis really?

What the heck is interstitial cystitis really?

IC: It is a condition in the bladder that causes a variety of bladder, urinary symptoms, usually associated with, freq, urgency, pain....No classic test for ic, is a diagnosis of exclusion....Some refer to it as fibromyalgia of the bladder....Not a medical term though.... ...Read more

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What is it like to have interstitial cystitis ?

What is it like to have interstitial cystitis ?

InterstitialCystitis: It is a chronic inflammatory condition of the bladder. There is no clear cut knowledge of what causes this condition. Can cause symptoms of burning, pelvic pressure, blood in urine, urgency, frequency. Resouces http://kidney.niddk.nih.gov/kudiseases/pubs/interstitialcystitis/ www.ichelp.org www.ic-network.com ...Read more

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Does HPV cause interstitial cystitis?

Not likely: I am not aware of any correlation between hpv and interstitial cystitis. ...Read more

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Is there a test for interstitial cystitis?

Yes/no: We must look for infection or other cause for bladder discomfort but usually this diagnosis is based on what you tell us your symptoms are. ...Read more

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Help docs, is interstitial cystitis curable?

Help docs, is interstitial cystitis curable?

Unknown: Interstital Cystitis is more of a compilation of symptoms rather that a true "condition". Therefore, treating the symptoms, e.g. urinary frequency and urgency, pain in the bladder area, painful intercourse, pelvic pain, etc., is the best approach to improving outcomes. Many women remain symptom free after treatments but the natural history of this condition is intermittent symptom flares. ...Read more

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Is this a UTI or interstitial cystitis if bloody?

Exclude tumor: Blood in urine can be due to many causes, infection, trauma, tumor, vascular malformation, clotting disorder. However, tumor/cancer needs to be excluded in any one with blood in urine. Uti and interstitial cystitis are not the only causes of blood in urine. Consult your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have botox for interstitial cystitis?

Botox is not a: Common treatment for ic. You and your urologist or urogyn should make sure you have tried most other more typical ic treatments before resorting to botox. ...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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What is interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome?

What is interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome?

InterstitialCystitis: Ic is a clinical diagnosis(dx) and a DX of exclusion. This means that if the symptom of pelvic pain, worse with a full bladder and alleviated by bladder emptying, is present, then diagnostics including cystoscopy can be used to rule out other potential causes of these symptoms. If no other causes are found then the diagnoses of ic can be made, even without classic cystoscopic findings. ...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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Can you get a interstitial cystitis from a persistant UTI ?

No: Ic is not thought to be caused by uti. In fact, one must first rule out UTI before making a diagnosis of ic. ...Read more

Dr. Gary Sandler
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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. Abraham Jaskiel
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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