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Once diagnosed with interstitial cystitis do u have it for the rest of ur life?

See answer. Interstitial cystitis (ic) is a chronic condition and diagnosis of exclusion of unknown cause characterized by bladder pain. It can certainly relapse off and on, but at times treatment can be curative for long periods of time as well. Read more...

How can I treat interstitial cystitis?

IC. Treatment for ic is involved and may take months for true relief. A urologist is best suited for all the options: kegel exercises; meds. Read more...

How do you treat interstitial cystitis?

Treating IC. It depends on the degree/extent of the condition in an individual: in mild cases aggressive hydration and avoidance of dietary "triggers" (potassium/spicy/acidic foods) may be enough. "hydrodistention" is noted to stimulate repair in some pts. The only fda approved medication is elmiron (pentosan). Some patients respond to intravesical tx and some may lose the bladders..... Read more...
See a physician. Ic can be tricky to diagnose and treat. It is best to seek out a specialist. A urologist or urogynecologist. It is often possible to get relief. Read more...

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! Read more...
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. Read more...

Do you know what interstitial cystitis is?

InterstitialCystitis. It is a chronic inflammatory condition of the bladder. There is no clear cut knowledge of what causes this condition. Theories have been autoimmune, diet, allergies, inflammatory conditions Resources: http://kidney.niddk.nih.gov/kudiseases/pubs/interstitialcystitis/ www.ichelp.org www.ic-network.com Diagnosis can be made by urogynecologist or urologist. Read more...

Does cysta q work for interstitial cystitis?

Yes. For some patients work as long as they stick with diet modification. Read more...
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. Read more...

How do I know if I have interstitial cystitis?

CYSTOSCOPY. CYSTOSCOPY which is direct visualization of the bladder by a urologist. The bladder will have many microscopic nicks and tears . It can be very tough to treat. I recommend focus on hydration 60-80 oz water/dy. monitoring urine PH to keep at level 7.4-7.6(pHion.com). Meds that are effective Zyrtec (cetirizine) /Zantac /Singulair &tramadol. Also in stilling bladder with dmso. Read more...

What do you recommend for interstitial cystitis?

Good Treatment. Interstitial cystitis, i.C., is a really difficult problem that can cause a lot of issues. Usually the hardest part is finding a good physician to help with this. Once you have a good, caring physician, usually treatment is multifactorial......Diet changes, medicines, lifestyle changes. Look for physicians who are in the american urogynecologic society and the society of gynecologic surgeons. Read more...
Many things. Start and stay on a bland diet + avoid acid urine producing foods or beverages such oj, tomato paste or cffee/alcoho.L try to alkainise urine with prelief, sodium bicarb.Pills or Tums may need medication to relax bladder muscle like oxybutinin, or block histamine release like Elavil or ic control med elmiron, (pentosan) find urologist with interest + expertise with ic. Visit ichelp.Org for tips and advice. Read more...
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, (pentosan) heparin, or steroids. It's important to do this along with a multifaceted treatment program. Read more...
New view! 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...