Interstitial Cystitis

Definition of Interstitial Cystitis:

A chronic bladder problem involving a bladder wall that is inflamed and irritated.  Symptoms include an urgent need to urinate, both daytime and nighttime; pressure, pain and tenderness around the bladder, pelvis and perineum (the area between the anus and vagina or the anus and scrotum) which may increase as the bladder fills and decrease as it empties during urination; a bladder that won't hold as much urine as it did before; pain during sexual intercourse; in men, discomfort or pain in the penis or scrotum.  In many women, the symptoms get worse before their menstrual period.  Stress may also make the symptoms worse, but it does not cause them.

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Heparin

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Interstitial Cystitis

...the condition
“Alternative Names: IC, Painful Bladder Syndrome, PBS, Bladder Pain Syndrome, BPS, Hypersensitive Bladder Syndrome Interstitial Cystitis (IC) refers to an uncomfortable and annoying inflammatory condition of the bladder...”
...our question about Your ethnic background
“For reasons unknown, 90% of interstitial cystitis cases occur among Caucasians...”
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Interstitial cystitis patients have been found to be 30 times more likely to have systemic lupus erythematosus...”
...relationship to IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
Interstitial cystitis often occurs alongside Irritable Bowel Syndrome...”
...recommendation Tobacco Avoidance
“In people who have already been diagnosed with interstitial cystitis, symptoms may be less likely to flare up if the patient stops smoking cigarettes...”
...recommendation MSM (Methyl Sulfonyl Methane)
“...Childs, MD, of the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, recently described 6 patients with interstitial cystitis who benefited from MSM...”
...recommendation DMSO Topically
“A common and useful treatment for interstitial cystitis is the instillation of DMSO into the bladder...”
...recommendation Alkalizing Agents/Diet
“A book written by a urologist, Larrian Guillespie, MD called You Don't Have to Live With Cystitis (1985) details a fundamentally dietary approach to interstitial cystitis...”
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Strangury

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“Painful, sporadic and drop-by-drop urination, caused by the presence of kidney stones, chronic inflammation such as interstitial cystitis, or urethral scar tissue...”

Urethritis / Urethral Syndrome

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“...Other disease processes which must be excluded are: Chlamydia infections, Ureaplasma infections, neurological disorders, gynecological disorders, bladder tumors, urethral narrowing, interstitial cystitis and more...”
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