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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“For reasons unknown, 90% of interstitial cystitis cases occur among Caucasians.”
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“In people who have already been diagnosed with interstitial cystitis, symptoms may be less likely to flare up if the patient stops smoking cigarettes.”
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“Stacy J. Childs, MD, of the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, recently described 6 patients with interstitial cystitis who benefited from MSM.”
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“A common and useful treatment for interstitial cystitis is the instillation of DMSO into the bladder...”
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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.”

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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.  The physician may wish to perform certain tests in order to clarify the diagnosis...”

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Interstitial cystitis and urinary tract infections have similar symptoms, but interstitial cystitis tests negative for bacteria.”
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