Interstitial cystitis is a kidney condition also known as the painful bladder syndrome. It’s hard to diagnose this condition, and there is no known cure for it. Existing treatment will help with an interstitial skip, and thus you will be able to live with this condition.
Many experts think that the said disease isn’t one condition at all due to the full range of symptoms and variable severity. They believe that IC aka interstitial cystitis refers to several different disorders that affect kidneys. Urinary pain that lasts more than six weeks can be a symptom of the IC if kidney stones or some other infection don’t cause it. This overlap of symptoms makes it hard to determine what kind of a condition you are dealing with. If you fail to treat the IC, then your life may take a turn toward the worse. It will affect many aspects of life from exercise and sleep to the ability to work.
Symptoms of the Interstitial Cystitis
This condition is a chronic bladder issue where the kidneys hold the urine in after it gets filtered. The direct result of this is the pain and pressure below the stomach. In severe cases, patients have to pee more than forty times per day, and every trip to the bathroom is painful.
The complex nature of the condition means that symptoms vary from individual to individual. They can also change which makes detection of the disease even harder than it usually is. The primary sign of this condition is the pressure and pain in the bladder that becomes worse as the need for a bathroom increases. The second symptom encompasses the pain in the lower tummy as well as the whole that general area.
Women tend to experience increased pain in the vulva, vagina and the area around the vagina. Men, on the other hand, experience pain behind the scrotum and in the testicles and penis.
The need to pee, more than ten times per day, is a symptom of the IC as well as several other kidney related diseases. Both sexes will experience pain during the intercourse (in the case of interstitial cystitis), while men will experience it during the orgasm and after the intercourse.
Living with the Interstitial Cystitis
A life with the IC is hard as you can’t cure this condition. You have to use medication to reduce the pain this condition causes. Some of it also helps in prolonging the time between bathroom visits. If you suffer from this disease, then you have to adapt your lifestyle to it. Making changes to live as much as it is possible is a must for every individual that deal with the IC.
Some foods and beverages serve as triggers for the IC, and thus avoiding them can improve your lifestyle. You will have to find which of them trigger your disease. Working on lowering down the stress in any way possible is also good, as stress is one of the triggers that will increase the frequency of bathroom visits.