AN INTRODUCTION TO INTERSTITIAL CYSTITIS:
Interstitial Cystitis is also commonly known as bladder pain syndrome. This syndrome is defined as a severely debilitating, chronic medical complication and arises within the urinary bladder area. This medical issue is associated with certain symptoms, such as pressure or urgency developing very quickly within the pelvic or bladder region, painful Dysuria (urination) and extremely frequent urination (almost every 5 – 10 minutes). Interstitial Cystitis patients feel like they are suffering from chronic cancer pain or kidney dialysis. This is because the pain that they have to endure is terrible! There are very frequent situations that occur wherein the patient has been misdiagnosed with various other conditions, such as prostatitis, overactive bladder, urethritis, trigonitis and urethral syndrome.
DIAGNOSING INTERSTITIAL CYSTITIS:
Diagnosis of Interstitial Cystitis is based on:
• The severity of your bladder pain
• Non – development of other medical complications with similar symptoms
• When the pain in your bladder is combined with urgency and frequency to pass urine
VARIOUS CAUSES LEADING TO INTERSTITIAL CYSTITIS:
• Leaky bladder lining: a damaged bladder will cause penetration of urine outside the bladder.
• Toxin urine: a certain toxic substance has been found in urine, unique to those patients suffering from Interstitial Cystitis.
• Mast cells: these cells release histamines that cause swelling, pain and scarring. These mast cells are critically related to Interstitial Cystitis.
• Stress: this factor induces nociception. Nociception is activity produced by stimuli within the central nervous system. These stimuli damage body tissue.
SYMPTOMS OF INTERSTITIAL CYSTITIS:
Besides the symptoms mentioned above, there are various symptoms that will help an individual realize whether or not he/she may be suffering from Interstitial Cystitis.
• Nocturia: the constant need to get up during the night to pass urine.
• The person concerned experiences a lot of pain during sexual intercourse.
• Tension and dysfunction of the pelvic floor: this causes the patient trouble while trying to commence the initial flow of urine.
EFFECTIVE TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR INTERSTITIAL CYSTITIS:
A few oral medications, such as Tramadol, Amitriptyline and Pentosan polysulfate have proved to be effective medications.
• Bladder distention: your healthcare professional will administer general anesthesia and increase the capacity of your bladder to hold urine.
• Controlling pain: while getting treated for this particular medical complication, it is necessary that your healthcare professional first curbs the pain experienced.
• Administering medications using the Bladder Installation method: a wood pulp extract called Dimethyl sulfoxide is the only type of medication to be approved.
• Bladder coatings: there is a certain therapy called bladder coating that may be used to cure Interstitial Cystitis. These coatings are Uracyst (Chondroitin) and Cystistat (Sodium hyaluronate).
• Surgery: there are different types of surgery to treat Interstitial Cystitis. These methods are electrical nerve stimulation, denervation of the bladder, cystectomy (removing the bladder) and bladder augmentation.
- Take extra care as Honeymoon Cystitis is one of the most rapid methods of developing a bladder infection.
- Do not worry about being diagnosed with Cystitis, effective treatments are readily available!
- The onset of Acute Cystitis occurs extremely rapidly and hence extra care and precautions should be taken.
- Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH) must be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible!
- Cholangitis is a medical complication experienced by men and women, but effective cures are readily available!