Interstitial Cystitis (IC) causes the walls of your bladder become irritated and inflamed. The symptoms include discomfort, pressure, tenderness or intense pain in the bladder and pelvis. Interstitial Cystitis can also cause urgency and frequency of urination. People with severe cases of IC/PBS can urinate up to 60 times per day. Interstitial Cystitis varies on intensity of symptoms, and can go into remission.
What causes Interstitial Cystitis/PBS?
While they are not entirely sure what causes Interstitial Cystitis, scientists believe IC/PBS may be a more general condition that causes inflammation in various organs and parts of the body.
Treatments for Interstitial Cystitis:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for pain relief
- Tricyclic antidepressants, to relax your bladder and block pain
- Pentosan (Elmiron) –the only oral drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration specifically for interstitial cystitis. It may restore the inner surface of the bladder.
- Nerve Stimulation, Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, TENS, uses electrical pulses to possibly reduce frequency of urination.
- Bladder distension, the stretching of the bladder with gas or water can sometimes reduce symptoms.
- Instilling medication into the bladder, such as: Dimethyl Sulfoxide.
- Surgery, which is rare, due to possible complications.
For More Information:
American Urological Association Foundation
1000 Corporate Boulevard
Linthicum, MD 21090
Phone: 1–800–828–7866 or 410–689–3700
American Chronic Pain Association
P.O. Box 850
Rocklin, CA 95677
Interstitial Cystitis Association
1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500
McLean, VA 22102
About the Author:
Trish has worked for 180 Medical for almost three years, as the Nebraska Office Coordinator. She lives in Nebraska, with her husband and daughters.