Also called painful bladder syndrome, this frustrating disorder disproportionately affects women. Interstitial cystitis is a chronic bladder condition that causes recurring bouts of pain and pressure in the bladder and pelvic area, often accompanied by an urgent and frequent need to urinate — sometimes as often as 40, 50, or 60 times a day, around the clock. Discomfort associated with interstitial cystitis can be so excruciating that, according to surveys, only about half of people with the disorder work full-time. In this article, we'll call it interstitial cystitis, or IC. Among the one to two million Americans with IC, women outnumber men by as much as eight to one, and most are diagnosed in their early 40s.
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Interstitial cystitis IC , also known as bladder pain syndrome BPS , is a type of chronic pain that affects the bladder. There is no cure for interstitial cystitis. In the United States and Europe, it is estimated that around 0. In general, symptoms may include  painful urination described as a burning sensation in the urethra during urination, pelvic pain that is worsened with the consumption of certain foods or drinks, urinary urgency, and pressure in the bladder or pelvis. Other frequently described symptoms are urinary hesitancy needing to wait for the urinary stream to begin, often caused by pelvic floor dysfunction and tension , and discomfort and difficulty driving, working, exercising, or traveling.
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Hi Lovelies, I hope you are having the best days you can, and that we are all believing in a cure or remission. I have told my story a lot about using Chinese Herbs to get my IC to a manageable, walking around, feeling mostly fine kind of level. And I can feel with my fingers that my bladder and urethra are the killer points.
Your bladder, kidneys, ureters and urethra make up your urinary system. When you have interstitial cystitis, the walls of your bladder become irritated and inflamed shown right , compared with those of a normal bladder shown top. The pain ranges from mild discomfort to severe pain. The condition is a part of a spectrum of diseases known as painful bladder syndrome.