What is Interstitial Cystitis?
Interstitial Cystitis (IC), or painful bladder syndrome, is a chronic condition that causes bladder pressure & pain as well as pressure and pain in the pelvis. The pain can be mildly uncomfortable to extremely severe. Basically, it hurts to urinate, and you feel the need to empty your bladder more frequently than most.
In a normal bladder, the brain receives a message from the pelvic nerves when the bladder is full. This signals the person that it’s time to urinate. In a healthy adult that’s equal to about 16 ounces. At night, you can hold twice that amount. That being said, it’s normal to pass liquid 5-6 times a day if you are drinking the recommended amount of fluids. Of course, coffee, alcohol, exercise and heat will cause a healthy adult to need to use the restroom a little more often.
In the case of someone with Interstitial Cystitis the signals are mixed up and the person receives messages to urinate more frequently, with the output at a much lower volume than that of a full bladder. A healthy adult will generally output a similar volume to what they had consumed.
Interstitial Cystitis can be difficult to manage because the symptoms can often disappear and then resurface at random times. Usually the indicators mimic those of a chronic urinary tract infection although test results will always come back negative. The most common sign is a constant and urgent need to urinate. This can sometimes result in urinating up to 60 times a day! IC can cause pain while the bladder fills and relief after it has been emptied. It can also cause pain between the scrotum and anus for men, and the vagina and anus for women. Interstitial Cystitis can also be the culprit behind temporary or chronic pain in the pelvis for both men and women. Watch these short testimonies to understand some of the symptoms other patients have experienced.
What Causes Interstitial Cystitis?
The causes of this disease are relatively unknown, but it seems that there may be a number of factors at play. The main ones are hereditary, infection, allergy-related or an autoimmune reaction. It has also been speculated that leaks in the wall of the bladder may also be a cause. The more risk factors one has, the more susceptible to IC individuals become. IC is most commonly seen in women although symptoms show up for males. But, for men, it’s usually due to issues or inflammation with the prostate gland.
Interestingly, idividuals who are naturally red-headed and fair skinned, have a higher likelihood of contracting Interstitial Cystitis and IC has a tendency to show up in people who are in their 30’s. Lastly, IC often shows up in people experiencing pre-existing chronic pain conditions. It is also commonly associated with Fibromyalgia and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
Interstitial Cystitis is a problematic health issue that plagues many sufferers without their knowledge of its existence. If you find yourself needing to use the bathroom significantly more than 6-8 times a day, it’s worth getting evaluated.
Hope for Interstitial Cystitis Sufferers!
Up until now there has not been an effective treatment available through conventional medicine. THERE IS HOPE! I’ve developed a treatment that does not involve catheterization, medication or bladder insufflation. Click on this link to my Blog on Ozone Therapy to learn more. It has proven to be very successful and most patients respond well after just a few treatments. The best part is that they are finding they remain symptom-free after a year! Stop suffering, set up a consultation, and I’ll explain how simple and comfortable the procedure is. In the mean-time check out some these patient testimonies, from people I have already helped.
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