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What exactly is radiation cystitis?

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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Gamma Rays (Definition)

This is light of extremely short wavelengths typically produced either among the stars / in cosmic rays or by radioactive element decay. Gamma rays form the background of normal radiation in which we all live; it is substantially greater than the exposure we get from imaging scans or should get from ...Read more


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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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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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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

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Does cystitis ever really go awa?

Does cystitis ever really go awa?

AwayWithYouStinkPee!: In rare instances, the body fights it off. Otherwise you need an antibiotic. You could try the Health Store methods, but good luck. OK,so, it can and probably will come back if the conditions that provoked it are not changed. Like tight nylon undies, sitting too long, wiping back to front, stress, sex, chemicals (soaps, cleansers, etc) excess dryness, structural changes, etc. Or something else.... ...Read more

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What should I do to treat cystitis?

Increase water: If it is a true cystitis, bacteria is in the bladder and causing an infection and antibiotics are often needed but some times certain foods/drinks can irritate the bladder and make it feel like cystitis or inflammation of the bladder. Increasing water and decreasing acidic foods and drinks can help with the symptoms also. ...Read more

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What causes cystitis (aside from sex)?

What causes cystitis (aside from sex)?

Bacteria: Most of the instances of cystitis are due to coliform organisms. Sex does not cause cystitis the trauma from sex just makes it easier for the bacteria to take hold. ...Read more

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I have onterstitial cystitis pain. What can I do?

I have onterstitial cystitis pain. What can I do?

Get help: Interstitial cystitis is a condition that requires long-term chronic management. There are many dietary tricks which can help you feel much better. Overall management is best done with a physician comfortable with and used to treating interstitial cystitis. It is worth your time to link up with such a physician; best of luck in your long-term management. ...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