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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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How often can you use vagifem to treat symptoms of interstitial cystitis? 3 to 4 day intervals is not sufficient, also using Marvelon. Many thanks!

How often can you use vagifem to treat symptoms of interstitial cystitis? 3 to 4 day intervals is not sufficient, also using Marvelon. Many thanks!

Atrophic Vaginitis: Vagifem is used to treat thinning of the vagina or off label for pH changes in the vagina. It can be used daily for 1-2 weeks and then twice weekly. It can take up to 3 months before improvement is seen. As for a specific treatment for interstitial cystitis, it is not specifically great for treating IC Depending on your IC symptoms, there is a range of treatment options. ...Read more

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How can I treat interstitial cystitis?

How can I treat interstitial cystitis?

IC: Treatment for ic is involved and may take months for true relief. A urologist is best suited for all the options: kegel exercises; meds. ...Read more

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How do you treat interstitial cystitis?

How do you treat interstitial cystitis?

See a physician: Ic can be tricky to diagnose and treat. It is best to seek out a specialist. A urologist or urogynecologist. It is often possible to get relief. ...Read more

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What is interstitial cystitis and can it be treated?

There is help for IC: Ic is not well understood, but it is felt to be a chronic, non-infectious, inflammation of the bladder and/or urethra. It is much more common in women than men. There is no one treatment that is effective for everyone, but there are effective treatments. Please see this blog post for more details: http://healthhub.Brighamandwomens.Org/tag/urogynecology. ...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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I've gotten interstitial cystitis. How are people coping with it and/or being treated for it if at all?

I've gotten interstitial cystitis. How are people coping with it and/or being treated for it if at all?

Interstitial cystiti: This is a chronic disease which will flare up time to time. There is a strong correlation with spicy acidic foods such as Salsa and hot sauce. If you crave these you can take something such as prelief which makes those foods less acidic. See a urologist for acute flare-ups, there are meds that can help numb your bladder. Best of luck. ...Read more

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I'm 22 and I have fibro, IBS and interstitial cystitis. I want to come off my meds are there anyways I could treat these illnesses at home?

I'm 22 and I have fibro, IBS and interstitial cystitis. I want to come off my meds are there anyways I could treat these illnesses at home?

Maybe: While there are no home medications you can take, there are other behavoiural modalities of treatment you can use such as dietary changes, change in sexual habits, using condoms, increasing water intake, and avoid certain stressors to the bladder such as alcohol and coffee. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use heparin that is two years old in an interstitial cystitis bladder cocktail? The heparin is in unopened sealed vials.

Is it safe to use heparin that is two years old in an interstitial cystitis bladder cocktail? The heparin is in unopened sealed vials.

Check expiration: Check the expiration date on the vials. If it is past the expiration date do not use the Heparin vials. Medication might be less effective or contaminated. ...Read more

Dr. Creighton Wright
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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


Narcotic (Definition)

A natural or synthetic alkaloid compound that has morphine-like qualities. Other examples are codeine, heroin, Meperidine (demerol). They are classified based on their intrinsic activity & where they interact in the central nervous system. They are involved in pain transmission ...Read more