Interstitial Cystitis (Painful Bladder Syndrome)
Interstitial cystitis (painful bladder syndrome) is an inflammation of the bladder wall. It causes symptoms like those of a urinary tract infection, such as pain and burning during urination. But there are no bacteria in the urine. To diagnose this condition, your doctor may do a test (Reference cystoscopy Opens New Window) that uses a thin, lighted tube to see the inside of the bladder. The majority of cases occur in women.
The cause of interstitial cystitis is difficult to find out. Possible causes include injury or irritation, allergies, stress, a disorder of the nerves, or problems with the Reference immune system Opens New Window. You may be able to relieve symptoms by avoiding bubble baths and other irritants and not drinking citrus juices and caffeinated fluids.
Treatment may include:
- Medicines to help with cramping.
- Reference Biofeedback Opens New Window techniques to improve urination.
- Stretching the opening of the tube leading from the bladder to the outside of the body (Reference urethra Opens New Window). This treatment is controversial.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference April 19, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Avery L. Seifert, MD - Urology