Yes. Depending on how symptomatic you are you can go to work. Talk to your urologist about local anesthetic that can be injected into the bladder to relieve discomfort and pain.
Yes. Provided symptoms are not so severe that you either can not concentrate or are physically unable to work. Work can often be a distraction.
I have interstitial cystitis and im taking cipro (ciprofloxacin) for uti plus I take methadone 4 the pain caused by interstitial cystitis will the pain med work?
Consult urologist. Methadone seems a little "over the top" for treating IC pain & risk of opiate addiction. High dose ibuprofen, naproxen, lidocaine patch or vaginal diazepam all worth trying first.? consult pain clinic. Hope UR on bland IC diet, avoid alcohol, smoking, caffeine, acidic beverages, spicy foods etc. Also have been tried on various IC meds such as amytriptyline or pentosan polysulfate (Elmiron)
Yes. For some patients work as long as they stick with diet modification.
Sometimes. Bladder hydro-distension at time of cystoscopy can relieve ic symptoms for quite a long time. Unfortunately does not always work. Symptoms may get worse for up to a couple of weeks before and relief is experienced.
IC treatments. Simple things like limiting caffeine and soda is a start. There are no magic fixes for ic but there is no test that can tell you have it...Other things need to be ruled out first...A urologist is the best doc to start with...
Atypical diagnosis. Interstitial cystitis, is somewhat rare, without any clear diagnostic criteria. Hard to identify things that don't have a clear definition. There isn't a great test for it either.
Dx of Exclusion. Interstitial cystitis (ic) is defined by a cluster of symptoms: urgency, frequency and bladder pain, which is only temporarily relieved by emptying. Urologists often see this entity and related syndromes of chronic painful bladder (cpb). Diagnosis results from exhausting other possible causes. Treatment is difficult, tailored to the patient and often inadequate. Seek support group help.
IC. Yes it does. Having said that, you need to do some diet modification and you may need to be carefully evaluated to rule out other painful conditions that co-exist with ic. My personal experience has been very good (for my pts).
For many patients. Elmiron (pentosan) works well in majority of my patients with ic. Certainly worth trying, but, please be patient because it wil probably take 2 - 3 months to become effective.
Allergy. The thought is that part of ic is an allergic type response, whether its an allergy to foods/ or an autoimmune type reaction we don't yet know. But Atarax (hydroxyzine) acts to dampen inflammatory response associated with allergic reaction.
Antihistamine. It has an antihistamine affect reducing the inflammatory response.
Not first line Rx. Pilot study in 1990's suggested possible benefit after failure of other therapies.