Interstitial cystitis (IC) is a condition that results in recurring discomfort or pain in the bladder and the surrounding pelvic region. The symptoms vary from person to person and even, at times, in the same individual.
Some people may experience mild discomfort, pressure, tenderness, or intense pain in the bladder and pelvic area.
Their symptoms may include an urgent need to urinate, a frequent need to urinate, or a combination of these symptoms. Each person’s pain experience may change in intensity as the bladder fills with urine or as it empties.
Women’s symptoms often get worse during menstruation. They may sometimes experience pain during vaginal intercourse. Because IC varies so much in symptoms and severity, most researchers believe it is not one, but several diseases.
In recent years, scientists have started to use the terms bladder pain syndrome (BPS) or painful bladder syndrome (PBS) to describe cases with painful urinary symptoms that may not meet the strictest definition of IC. The term IC/PBS includes all cases of urinary pain that can’t be attributed to other causes, such as infection or urinary stones. In IC/PBS, the bladder wall may be irritated and become scarred or stiff. Glomerulations— pinpoint bleeding—often appear on the bladder wall. Hunner’s ulcers—patches of broken skin found on the bladder wall—are present in 10 percent of people with IC.
What are the treatments for IC/PBS?
Scientists have not yet found a cure for IC/PBS, nor can they predict who will respond best to which treatment. Symptoms may disappear with a change in diet or treatments or without explanation.
Even when symptoms disappear, they may return after days, weeks, months, or years. Scientists do not know why. Because the causes of IC/PBS are unknown, current treatments are aimed at relieving symptoms. Many people are helped for variable periods by one or a combination of treatments. As researchers learn more about IC/PBS, the list of potential treatments will change, so patients should discuss their options with a doctor.
Because the root of this painful condition remains so elusive, the H3Pelvic Device can help you manage these morphing painful conditions that may be related to your IC/PBS. Having a 30 day money-back guarantee (something your doctor doesn’t offer), what do you have to lose?
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