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.

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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.....
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.

What is interstitial cystitis and can it be treated?

There is help for IC. Ic is not well understood, but it is felt to be a chronic, non-infectious, inflammation of the bladder and/or urethra. It is much more common in women than men. There is no one treatment that is effective for everyone, but there are effective treatments. Please see this blog post for more details: http://healthhub. Brighamandwomens. Org/tag/urogynecology.
Bladder pain. Interstitial cystitis also called painful bladder syndrome is a very common condition. The most common symptom is pain in the bladder and surrounding structures. Many people also experience frequent urination, strong urge to urinate, symptoms that worsen during your period and painful intercourse. There are a variety of treatment options for interstitial cystitis that are usually effective. Check with your doctor to see which options are best for you.

I've gotten interstitial cystitis. How are people coping with it and/or being treated for it if at all?

Interstitial cystiti. This is a chronic disease which will flare up time to time. There is a strong correlation with spicy acidic foods such as Salsa and hot sauce. If you crave these you can take something such as prelief which makes those foods less acidic. See a urologist for acute flare-ups, there are meds that can help numb your bladder. Best of luck.

What can I use other than narcotics to treat the interstitial cystitis pain?

Ic pain. Pain related to ic is better treated with medications like elmiron, (pentosan) hydroxyzine, bladder installations, change in diet, biofeedback, Gabapentin among others.
Bladder irrigations. Bladder irrigations at the time of an ic flair can be helpful for symptoms.

I'm 22 and I have fibro, IBS and interstitial cystitis. I want to come off my meds are there anyways I could treat these illnesses at home?

Maybe. While there are no home medications you can take, there are other behavoiural modalities of treatment you can use such as dietary changes, change in sexual habits, using condoms, increasing water intake, and avoid certain stressors to the bladder such as alcohol and coffee.
Unlikely. Can go on a bland diet, avoid acid urine producing foods and beverages, take prelief or Tums (calcium carbonate) to alkalinize urine. Avoid stress. You almost certainly will need to remain on meds. And hope it improves on its own. You can always try and taper meds if you are presently symptom free. Some patients get relief from cystoscopic bladder hydrodistension, or DMSO cocktail instillations. Obviously not at home.

Can oxybutinin be used to treat non bacterial prostatitis/interstitial cystitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome?

Short no. It is not useful as symptom complex is much different then that for which oxybutinin is used for. You need evaluation and then specific rx.
Yes. Oxybutynin is an antimuscarinic and primarily used for the symptoms of urinary frequency, urgency, and urge incontinence. Though most commonly used as part of the treatment of overactive bladder and neurogenic bladder-related detrusor instability it can be used for any condition or symptom complex with bothersome bladder-related urinary urgency and frequency. It treats the symptom, not the disease.

I cannot afford to see a urologist and a psychiatrist to treat my interstitial cystitis, can my primary doctor prescribe my meds I have an anxiety disorder due to my ic which requires klonopin, propranolol and trazodone, my primary doctor has me on celex

Hello.. Hello. I can't speak to the urology question. However, regarding psychotropic medications, it really depends on your primary doctor. Many primary care managers do not feel comfortable prescribing psychotropic medications or they are only willing to prescribe garden variety medications. You would need to speak with your primary care provider to see if she or he has adequate expertise to manage your psychiatric medications.
Your doctor can. Your doctor can prescribe as long as they are familiar with the medications and comfortable prescribing them. If your doctor is not willing, then it may be more cost effective to call around and find someone who is. I realize, however, that switching doctors may be difficult to do.