Interstitial Cystitis (Painful Bladder Syndrome)

Interstitial cystitis (IC) is a chronic bladder condition that often mimics a bladder infection. While the cause is generally unknown, several precipitating events have been identified as potentially triggering the condition, including trauma to the bladder, bladder over-distention, pelvic floor dysfunction, and hypersensitivity or inflammation of the pelvic nerves.

Cystoscopy in a patient with IC

Dr. Cook performing a cystoscopy on a patient to diagnose Interstitial Cystitis

Patients with IC typically have a smaller bladder capacity and when the inside of the bladder is inspected via cystoscopy (a special tiny camera introduced into the bladder), glomerulations (small capillary bleeding from the bladder wall) and Hunner’s ulcers (lesions or sores on the lining of the bladder) may be observed (Hunner’s ulcers affect approximately 5-10% of patients who have IC).

What are the symptoms of Interstitial Cystitis?
How is Interstitial Cystitis diagnosed?
How is Interstitial Cystitis treated?

IC has been found to be common in patients with endometriosis and other pelvic pain disorders, and for this reason is often referred to as the “evil twin” of endometriosis. At Vital Health Endometriosis Center our IC patients benefit from the full range of western and integrative treatment modalities, from the specialized management of medical therapies and minimally invasive therapeutic interventions to customized nutritional counseling to reduce pain flares and daily symptoms. While there is no definitive cure for IC, with the right combination of treatments our IC patients can expect significant relief from this debilitating condition.

Summary
Article Name
Interstitial Cystitis (Painful Bladder Syndrome)
Description
Interstitial Cystitis is common in patients with endometriosis and other pelvic pain disorders, and is referred to as the “evil twin” of endometriosis.

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Summary
Article Name
Interstitial Cystitis (Painful Bladder Syndrome)
Description
Interstitial Cystitis is common in patients with endometriosis and other pelvic pain disorders, and is referred to as the “evil twin” of endometriosis.