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.
Diagnosis is complex. We still do not understand the cause/s of ic, diagnosis could be considered more art than science so I take many features into account: pain with bladder distention and relieved with voiding, pain provoked by acid producing foods or beverages (oj/tomato paste/caffeine) reiieved with bland non-fried foods or prelief. Cystoscopy with hydrodistension can help, bladder biopsy for >mast histamine cells.

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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.
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.
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.

Is there a test for interstitial cystitis?

Yes/no. We must look for infection or other cause for bladder discomfort but usually this diagnosis is based on what you tell us your symptoms are.
Cystoscopy with. Hydrodistention is the gold standard test but not done unless dietary change and basic management has failed.

I have lupus, painful interstitial cystitis, and lots of GI issues. Is it worth trying gluten free diet for a while though my celiac test was negative?

No harm in trying. Other than the expense, but gluten free diet is not likely to be of use if you are not sensitive to gluten.
Absolutely. Also consider casein free (avoid cow dairy). Must go gluten free for at least 3-6 months for an adequate trial. Casein can cross react and look like gluten. Celiac testing is not accurate. Consider probiotics such as kombucha and kefir (water or goats milk). Can make both yourself at home.

Help! Dx'd w/ interstitial cystitis as child (pelvic pain w/ full bladder, glomerulations present w/ distention).Dsmo helped! New md doubts ic. Did no tests & is clueless.?

2nd opinion. There are a variety of treatments for interstitial cystitis including medications and dietary changes. If you are not satisfied with the diagnosis of this physician then consider getting a second opinion. Emiron is a highly effective medication. Lidocaine bladder irrigation and interstim could also be considered.

I have had positive ANA and high rnp tests, rosacea, multiple surgeries for massive scar tissue in multiple organs, interstitial cystitis, can I have sle?

Many possibilities. Lupus is certainly possible with +ana and high rnp, rosacea, but so are other diseases. Scleroderma can have +ana and fibrosis/scarring of many organs. Sarcoidosis also can have granulomas of many organs that can appear to be scars and purple lesions on the face, fingers, and knees and would need biopsy for diagnosis. Sjogren's syndrome also has high rnp, +ana, and dry eyes, mouth, and skin.

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.
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.