Is there a cure for interstitial cystitis?
Is there a cure for interstitial cystitis? I've been reading all about it because I'm worried I have it, but I've never read a comment from someone who has had it succesfully treated and had it stay away for good. I'm a woman, age 22.
Any time you develop worrisome symptoms with your bladder or urination, you should seek medical attention right away. The best type of doctor to see about this issue is a primary care physician such as a family doctor or internal medicine doctor. Interstitial cystitis is a complex syndrome in which people feel pain in the bladder, pain with urination, needing to urinate frequently. The disease is only considered after all other causes of these symptoms have been ruled out. These include a urinary tract infection, overactive bladder syndrome, and various STDs. At this time, there is no cure for interstitial cystitis. This is because we do not quite understand how the disease develops, or the mechanism by which it causes discomfort. There are treatments available to help relieve the symptoms. I suggest that you schedule an appointment with your primary care physician. He or she can take a detailed history of all of your urinary symptoms and perform a thorough physical exam. Likely you doctor will also want to do get a sample of your urine for analysis. You probably won't get the diagnosis of interstitial cystitis right away because other conditions would need to be ruled out first. Good luck.
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