How to relieve interstitial cystitis?

Personal Approach. Interstitial cystitis is a very difficult diagnosis to treat, or provide a simple treatment that works for everyone. Diet modification, elmeron, certain antidepressants and even pelvic floor physical therapy have demonstrated to improve symptoms. Don't get frustrated and work with your urologist to find a treatment that works for you!

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How to doctors know if you have interstitial cystitis? What is the range of cost for tests? I don't have insurance but have every symptom. I am fearful of costs but want relief!

Dx of exclusion . All other possible diagnoses have to be evaluated and excluded to arrive at a diagnosis of interstitial cystitis. There is no one test that will diagnosis it. Read more...
Clinical judgement. Interstitial cystitis is a clinical diagnosis and does not require any partyicular tests . Tests are required only to rule out other conditions that have close presentation , like uti, cancers ... If there is any suspicion . Therefore at least in theory your costs would be only an office visit to a doctor. Read more...
Interstitial cystitis. Most common symptom is painful urination, that gets better with small urination voiding and recurs with bladder filling. A simple urinary analysis is all that is needed for lab testing. Most times there's no need for treatment since this is not a sign of more severe disease. Avoiding certain foods can help including caffeine, alcohol, artificial sweeteners, and carbonated beverages. Read more...

Will catheters relieve the urgency symptoms of interstitial cystitis?

IC. If you are asking if an indewelling catheter in the bladder reliefs the symptoms the answer is no. If intermitent catheterization, specially if medication is put in the bladder, that may help; but a catheter by itself will not help at all. Read more...
No. Unless one has urinary retention, catheters will not help improve the urinary symptoms and in fact may worsen them because it will cause more trauma to the bladder lining with the catheter and cause more symptoms. Read more...
On the contrary. An indwelling catheter or intermittent catheterization can only irritate your bladder lining more than it is, and make both your ic and symptoms worse. Don't do it. Consult with a physician with interest and experience with ic. Diet and medication should help. Chck: www.Interstitialcystitisassociation.Com. Read more...

Natural remedies to relieve symptoms of interstitial cystitis?

Depends. This depends on the cause. Allergies, infections and neurotransmitter dysfunction are common, and require different approaches. Best to see a doctor to determine the cause of your symptoms. Read more...

What is interstitial cystitis?

Lining breakdown. It is a condition thought to be caused from the breakdown of the gag layer in the bladder. It is associated with frequency and pain in the bladder. Read more...
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...

Who develops interstitial cystitis?

Both men and women. It has a tendency to run in families which suggests a genetic factor. It is diagnosed more commonly in women. Read more...
30-40 yr old women. It is disease of unknown cause and affect women more than men and is more common around the age of 30-40 years. See this site for more info. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001508/. Read more...

Interstitial cystitis -- what is it?

Bladder inflammation. The bladder has several layers, starting from the lining, through the muscle to the serosa (outer lining). The "interstitium" is between the muscle bundles. An inflammation of this area, results in "cystitis". It does not mean an infections, but it often is. Read more...
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...
Autonomic Disorder. Interstitial cystitis (ic) as dr. Villa stated.  i had two patients with ic with sacroiliac joint (sij) hypermobility & chronic low back pain.  after sij fusion symptoms resolved. Medical literatures says 10 to 30% persons with chronic low back pain have non-inflammatory primary sij disorder.  i posit that ic is caused by sij laxity & pelvic parasympathetic irritation (chronic pain on quora.Com). Read more...
Pathologic lesion. There are distinctive anatomic changes in the vessels and mast cells in the bladder, going deep into its wall. We pathologists have been slower to understand and charaterize these than we have with other lesions, and we hope that eventually this puzzling disorder can be explained and some effective treatment found. Read more...
IC/Bladder Pain . Interstitial cystitis is also now referred to as bladder pain syndrome. There is a decrease in, or absence of, a 'slime layer' in the bladder, which normally protects the bladder from being irritated by urine. It can be diagnosed in several ways. For most people, using a bladder pain questionnaire is a good start. A cystoscopy may show glomerulations (bleeding) or in advanced ic, hunner ulcers. Read more...