What's your opinion on treating interstitial cystitis?

Seek help. The best avenue for diagnosing and receiving treatment for interstitial cystitis would be to see a urologist, urogynecologist or obgyn that treats patients with this disorder. Treatments involve diet modifications, pain medicaitons. Some treatments also include bladder hydrodistension with chemical treatments and possibly elmiron (pentosan). Very severe cases may require a simulation device. Seek help.
Much neededIf /48) Cause is unknown. My own clinical observations indicate that primary cause is irritated pelvic presacral parasympathetics associated with an injured sacroiliac joint. Bladder evacuation is parasympathetic mediated. Two sufferers reported marked improvment with muscle reeducation y.
Rx definately. Interstitial cystitis often leads to chronic reinfection in females and should be treated with an initial dose of antibiotics and a later dose of a urinary bacteriostatic agent such as macrobid.

Related Questions

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.

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.
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/.

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.
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.
Autonomic Disorder. Interstitial Cystitis, IC, as Dr. Villa stated.  I had two patients with IC, both w. sacroiliac joint, SIJ, hypermobility & chronic low back pain. After SIJ fusion symptoms resolved. Medical literatures states that 10-30% persons w. chronic low back pain have non-inflammatory primary SIJ disorder. I posit that IC is caused by SIJ laxity & pelvic presacral plexus parasympathetic irritation.
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.
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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

Is there an interstitial cystitis pill?

Yes. The only fda approved medication for the treatment of ic is elmiron (pentosan).
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.