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Content updated on Jun 1, 2022

What is interstitial cystitis?

Inflammation of the muscle layers of the bladder. The exact cause is unclear. As the condition can persist for a long time, coping strategies are important.

Symptoms of interstitial cystitis

  • Often have a sudden need to pass urine in the past one month

  • Frequent urination

  • Feeling there is still urine left in the bladder after urinating

  • Decreased urine volume with painful urination

  • Abdominal pain

  • Medication is not working

  • Bladder pain that is relieved by passing urine

  • Pain when passing urine

Questions your doctor may ask to check for interstitial cystitis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose interstitial cystitis

  • Do you sometimes have a sudden, strong urge to rush to the the toilet and pass urine?

  • Have you been passing urine more often?

  • Do you have difficulty completely emptying your bladder?

  • Do you have painful urination and passing less urine?

  • Do you have abdominal pain (stomach ache)?

Treatment for interstitial cystitis

There are many treatment options available, hence discussion with a specialist is important. Simple measures like physical therapy and painkiller pills may help. Other options for treatment include procedures for electrical stimulation to improve blood flow to the bladder, or filling the bladder to stretch it out and relieve symptoms. In severe cases that do not respond the above, surgery can be considered.

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