|Get The Facts About Interstitial Cystitis (IC)|
Patients with Interstitial Cystitis (IC), also known as Painful Bladder Syndrome, suffer from severe pain, urinary urgency and frequency, and painful intercourse. Because these symptoms are similar to other conditions, patients are often misdiagnosed and told they have chronic urinary tract infections (UTI), kidney stones, bladder cancer, overactive bladder (OAB), or gynecologic diseases like endometriosis.
Making A Diagnosis
While men can have IC, almost 90% of all patients with this painful, chronic condition are female. If you have patients who experience IC symptoms and have not responded to treatments for chronic UTI, OAB, or endometriosis, they should be referred to a urologist for further evaluation. Urinalysis, urine culture and potassium sensitivity tests (PST) can help rule out other conditions. There is not a single test that can confirm IC, but a brief questionnaire and other simple tests can help determine if a patient has this painful condition and allow them to receive the proper treatment.
While there is not one specific cure for IC, there are many helpful treatments available locally at Alliance Urology Specialists, including bladder training, pelvic floor exercises, stress reduction, physical therapy, and bladder instillation treatments. Dietary changes can also make a difference. Patients find that certain
foods can trigger problems such as:
Carbonated beverages, caffeinated liquids, and alcohol
Citrus products and food with high concentrations of vitamin C
Products that contain artificial sweeteners
Tomatoes, spicy foods, and chocolate
There is currently one FDA-approved oral medication, Elmiron, for IC. If all conservative approaches fail to provide relief, surgery is also an option.
Alliance Urology Specialists offers focused care from a dedicated team that includes respected pelvic pain specialists, urinary physical therapists, continence nurse specialists, and an innovative research department which is involved in ongoing clinical trials.
For additional information about IC, visit www.allaboutic.com and www.ichelp.org. To schedule an appointment at Alliance Urology Specialists call 336-274-1114.