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
(cystoscopy) 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 (painful bladder syndrome) is difficult to find out.
Possible causes include injury or irritation, allergies, stress, a disorder of
the nerves, or problems with the
immune system. You may be able to relieve symptoms by avoiding bubble baths and other irritants and not
drinking citrus juices and caffeinated fluids.
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