What is interstitial cystitis caused by?

Breakdown in GAG. There is a breakdown in the gag layer of the bladder. Gag stands for glucoseaminoglycan and it is a microscopic layer that is supposed to help with protection of the mucous layer of the bladder. There is a lot of research going into this area and there is a significant connection between interstitial cystitis and endometriosis. Right now we are managing the symptoms as best we can. No cure yet!
Unknown. Although IC seems to be more common in women with other ayto0immue processes, there is no known "cause" for IC. 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.

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What is the cause of interstitial cystitis?

IC cause. There is a lack of a protective coat in the bladder that exposes the nerve fibers in the bladder to the urinary irritants.It seems that there is a deficit in an antiresorptive substance that maintains the integrity of this coat in the bladder tissue. 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...

Can a catheter cause interstitial cystitis symptoms to become more severe?

Possibly yes. Any process that leads to inflammation in the bladder may worsen symptoms in a patient with interstitial cystitis. Even patients without interstital cystitis may experience bladder spasms that require treatment. There are treatments that may be offered depending on a patient's individual situation. It is imprtant to make sure that the symptoms are not due to infection. Read more...

How do I stop losing weight being caused by the pain of interstitial cystitis?

Here are some... Chronic intertitial cystitis (IC) itself should not cause weight loss, but its commonly related issues such as stress, anxiety, or depression, etc., which are relatively common in IC patients, may contribute to your weight loss. To sort the things in the health myth can be done by following the instructions in http://formefirst.com/eNewsletter06.html. Read more...

If you have interstitial cystitis can it cause you to have infections?

IC causing UTI. Usually no; although the symptoms of an acute "flare" of ic can mimic those of a uti, and some of the treatments for utis (eg nitrofurantoin/macrobid/......) have been implicated in causing/aggrevating ic in pts with known disease. Read more...
Maybe. But mostly it will cause you to feel like you have a bladder infection. Blood and urine from interstitial cystitis may cause your doctor to suspect that you have a UTI when in fact it is simply the interstitial cystitis. Read more...

In planning on doing IVF soon I have interstitial cystitis. Can IC get worse during IVF? Will the injections cause Flare?

IVF and IC. Someone I know went through IVF and had no increase in IC flare ups. Everyone is different and everyone will have their own unique experience. Best of luck. Read more...