What the heck is interstitial cystitis really?

IC. It is a condition in the bladder that causes a variety of bladder, urinary symptoms, usually associated with, freq, urgency, pain....No classic test for ic, is a diagnosis of exclusion....Some refer to it as fibromyalgia of the bladder....Not a medical term though....
Urine bladder . Interstitial cystitis reputed to be overactive bladder w. Urgency ; frequency. Officially cause unknown ; infection not associated. I have seen in women w. Sacroiliac joint hypermobility disorder from mechanical injury, like lifting, multiple childbirths, trauma to pelvis, ; who have inherited joint hypermobility syndrome. Imo cause is parasympathetic overactivity due to neural impingement.

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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. 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...

Who develops interstitial cystitis?

Both men and women. It has a tendency to run in families which suggests a genetic factor. It is diagnosed more commonly in women. Read more...
30-40 yr old women. It is disease of unknown cause and affect women more than men and is more common around the age of 30-40 years. See this site for more info. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001508/. Read more...

Interstitial cystitis -- what is it?

Bladder inflammation. The bladder has several layers, starting from the lining, through the muscle to the serosa (outer lining). The "interstitium" is between the muscle bundles. An inflammation of this area, results in "cystitis". It does not mean an infections, but it often is. Read more...
Painful Bladder. Ic is a condition that has multiple symptoms. Most common symptoms are frequent urination, urinary urgency and pain in the bladder and pelvic area. There is no definitive test to diagnose ic, but there is usually inflammation of the lining of the bladder that produces the symptoms. Treatments include dietary changes, medication, and possibly bladder instillation of various compounds. Read more...
Autonomic Disorder. Interstitial cystitis (ic) as dr. Villa stated.  i had two patients with ic with sacroiliac joint (sij) hypermobility & chronic low back pain.  after sij fusion symptoms resolved. Medical literatures says 10 to 30% persons with chronic low back pain have non-inflammatory primary sij disorder.  i posit that ic is caused by sij laxity & pelvic parasympathetic irritation (chronic pain on quora.Com). Read more...
Pathologic lesion. There are distinctive anatomic changes in the vessels and mast cells in the bladder, going deep into its wall. We pathologists have been slower to understand and charaterize these than we have with other lesions, and we hope that eventually this puzzling disorder can be explained and some effective treatment found. Read more...
IC/Bladder Pain . Interstitial cystitis is also now referred to as bladder pain syndrome. There is a decrease in, or absence of, a 'slime layer' in the bladder, which normally protects the bladder from being irritated by urine. It can be diagnosed in several ways. For most people, using a bladder pain questionnaire is a good start. A cystoscopy may show glomerulations (bleeding) or in advanced ic, hunner ulcers. Read more...

Is interstitial cystitis progressive?

Very often. More often than not is progressive if mild when diagnosed and subject fails to adjust diet, alkalinize urine, avoid caffeine and alcohol or fail to take prescribed medications if and when they helped to relieve symptoms. Read more...

How to relieve interstitial cystitis?

Personal Approach. Interstitial cystitis is a very difficult diagnosis to treat, or provide a simple treatment that works for everyone. Diet modification, elmeron, certain antidepressants and even pelvic floor physical therapy have demonstrated to improve symptoms. Don't get frustrated and work with your urologist to find a treatment that works for you! 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...

Anyone die from interstitial cystitis?

No. I am not aware of interstitial cystitis directly causing death. However, it is possible for patient to have concurrent bladder cancer and interstitial cystitis. Certainly bladder cancer can cause death. Read more...

Is there an interstitial cystitis pill?

Elmiron (pentosan) & Elavil. Elmiron can help to repair damaged bladder lining. Elavil can have an antihystamine effect as well as reduce anxiety. Oxybutinin, detrol, vesicare (solifenacin) & other anticholingeric medications can relieve overactive bladder symptoms usually associated with ic. Bland diet and avoiding acid urine producing food and beverages are important. Check: www.Interstitialcystitisassociation.Com. Read more...