Bladder pain can be embarrassing to talk about with your doctor but did you know it could be a condition called Interstitial Cystitis. Interstitial Cystitis is a semi-rare and very painful bladder condition.
Possibly the most agonizing of all the symptoms associated with Interstitial Cystitis is painful urination. Pain with emptying of the bladder is not normal and should be treated as such. The irritation that comes with urination can burn and pull on the muscles.
This is actually the most common symptom of Interstitial Cystitis. Urologist are doctors who specifically deal with the bladder and urinary tract. Often, physicians will mistake this symptom for a urinary tract infection. These are incredibly common. If you have ever had a urinary tract infection before, you will most likely also think that is what is hurting you. Urinary tract infections can be cured with a simple prescription of antibiotics. Interstitial Cystitis and urinary tract infections can feel like the same problem.
Urologists have even misdiagnosed cases of Interstitial Cystitis, so if you aren’t finding pain relief with antibiotics, you should get a second opinion. Since Interstitial Cystitis is a lifelong condition, there isn’t anything you can do to cure it. Management of pain and living a more comfortable lifestyle are the only ways to combat this chronic bladder condition.
There are many treatments available for managing Interstitial Cystitis. You can take medication orally to help with the pain. Another interesting treatment option is direct bladder injections. Bladder injections would involve going to your Urologist’s office about once a week to have the treatment managed there. The doctor or nurse will use a catheter to fully empty the bladder. Before removing the catheter, they will use a plastic syringe to refill the bladder with a cocktail of medications. This is a more aggressive form of treatment for Interstitial Cystitis. Typically, bladder injections are used for the most chronic of all patients with this condition.
Oddly enough, the majority of Interstitial Cystitis cases are seen in younger women who are in generally good health. This has been perplexing doctors leaving them with a majority of unanswered questions. Even though we still aren’t sure what causes Interstitial Cystitis, there are many different medications and treatment choices to choose from.
Your diet can severely affect the level of pain that you feel. More acidic foods and carbonated drinks are immediately off the table. Depending on the severity of your case you can try some of the foods that aren’t recommended and be just fine. Every case is different. Some of the common bladder irritants are: soda, caffeine, alcohol, citrus juice, fast food, processed foods, lemons, limes, sour apples, oranges, grapes, cranberries, strawberries, chili peppers and other spicy foods, tomatoes, smoked or spiced meats/fish (canned or processed), processed cereals, hazelnuts, pistachios, chocolate, ketchup, and soy sauce.
These are just a few of the most popular of the foods that should be avoided.
Interstitial Cystitis is a life changing condition. Once you know what the problem is, healing is the next step.