Ailment Interstitial Cystitis

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FAQ's For Interstitial Cystitis

   

NSAIDs, tricyclic antidepressants, antihistamines and Pentosan polysulfate sodium can effectively relieve symptoms of interstitial cystitis.

There is no known cure for interstitial cystitis. However, there many ways by which patients can manage symptoms.

The common bladder irritants are known as the 4 Cs: Carbonated beverages, caffeine (including chocolate), citrus products, and all items having high concentrations of vitamin C.

Symptoms may flare up during menstruation, sexual intercourse, exercise, stress, or sitting for prolonged periods of time.

If untreated, interstitial cystitis can result in complications like sexual intimacy issues, reduced bladder capacity, emotional problems and a lowered quality of life.

 
Interstitial cystitis is a chronic, painful bladder condition caused by a mix of signals from the pelvic nerves to the brain. It is part of an umbrella of diseases called bladder pain syndromes. It most commonly affects women, and results in intense bladder pressure and pelvic pain. The symptoms of interstitial cystitis include:
Pain in the pelvis between the anus and vagina (in women)
Pain between the anus and scrotum (in men)
Chronic pain in the pelvis
Frequent need to urinate, often in small amounts (up to 60 times a day)
Pain when the bladder fills, and temporary relief after urination
Pain during sexual intercourse

Symptoms may flare up during menstruation, sexual intercourse, exercise, stress, or sitting for prolonged periods of time.

The exact cause for IC bladder is unknown, however there may be some risk factors related to the condition. The following are possible interstitial cystitis causes:
Sex (Women are diagnosed more frequently than men)
Age (Interstitial cystitis diagnosis happens usually in one’s 30s or older)
Chronic pain disorders (Those having irritable bowel syndrome or fibromyalgia are at higher risk)
Skin and hair color (Research has found that those having fair skin and red hair contract the disease more often than others)

Interstitial cystitis treatment involves eliminating signs and symptoms, as there is no known cure for the condition. The following are effective medications for interstitial cystitis:
NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) like ibuprofen (Motrin IB, Advil) or naproxen sodium (Aleve) to relieve pain
Tricyclic antidepressants like amitriptyline or imipramine (Tofranil), which can be used as bladder pain medication and to help relax the bladder
Antihistamines like loratadine (Claritin, others) to reduce the urge and frequency of urination
Pentosan polysulfate sodium (Elmiron), an FDA-approved interstitial cystitis medication which helps restore in the inner wall of the bladder, reducing pelvic pain and the frequency of urination
Other forms of IC treatment include:
Surgery (Fulguration, bladder augmentation, Resection)
Nerve stimulation (Transcutaneous Electrical Neve Stimulation, Sacral Nerve Stimulation)
Bladder distension
Medications installed in the bladder

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