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What is interstitial cystitis? And if untreated what are the complications?

What is interstitial cystitis? And if untreated what are the complications?

Painful bladder synd: Please go to website: www.Bergenurological.Com click on patient education, and pan down to booklet on interstitial cystitis. ...Read more

Dr. Gregory Moneta
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Interstitial Cystitis (Definition)

Interstitial Cystitis is also known as Painful bladder syndrome. 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


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What do you recommend for interstitial cystitis?

What do you recommend for interstitial cystitis?

Medicine in bladder: While a low acid diet and some oral medications will help ic, what I have found to be the fastest way to make a bladder feel better is to inject medicine directly into the bladder. These are called "instillations" and we use a variety of drugs, usually a local anesthetic and either elmiron, heparin, or steroids. It's important to do this along with a multifaceted treatment program. ...Read more

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How come I have interstitial cystitis, but nobody else in the family has it?

Unknown: Interstitial cystitis (ic) also called painful bladder syndrome (pbs) is common but causes are unclear, & likely there are many different causes. Treatments include medication by mouth or instilled into bladder, neuromodulation (estim) or treatment of hypertonic (spastic) pelvic muscles with pt, medication or injections. ...Read more

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Which foods affect interstitial cystitis the most?

Which foods affect interstitial cystitis the most?

See list: Alcohol, artificial sweeteners, coffee, citrus juices, cranberry juice, hot peppers, side and spicy food. However, not everyone will "flare" with everything on the list. Some people will flair with items not on the list. I would suggest a food diary and an elimination diet. These tools will help you gain control over your life. ...Read more

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How often will I see flare-ups from my interstitial cystitis?

IC: Flares can vary in frequency and need not to have a pattern if all the other painful conditions that co-exists with ic(endometriosis, vulvodynia, ibs, pelvic floor muscle dysfunction, etc) are treated properly. ...Read more

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What are the primary symptoms of interstitial cystitis?

What are the primary symptoms of interstitial cystitis?

Pain & frequency: Bladder or pelvic or retropubic pain increasing with bladder filling and relieved temporarily and/or partially by urinating. Frequent urination by day and night.. Blood in urine. Bladder pain provoked by acid urine producing foods and beverages such as oj or tomato paste, fried or spicy foods or caffeine. Suggest you check: www.Interstitialcystitisassociation.Com. ...Read more

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Is there a diagnostic test available for interstitial cystitis?

Is there a diagnostic test available for interstitial cystitis?

IC: There are 3 basic ways of diagnosing ic, history of urgency/frequency, pain with full bladder and on exam pain over the bladder in the abscence of infection. A potassium sensitivity test done in the office and a cystoscopy with hydrodistension of the bladder done in the operating room under anesthesia. ...Read more

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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