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What should you know about interstitial cystitis?

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Interstitial cystitis (IC), often called painful bladder syndrome, is a tricky condition. It’s tough to diagnose, and though treatments can make life with it better, there’s no cure. Because IC has such a wide range of symptoms and severity, most experts think it might be several diseases. If you have urinary pain that lasts for more than six weeks and is not caused by other conditions like infection or kidney stones, you may have IC. No matter what it’s called, interstitial cystitis symptoms bring a lot of challenges. The disease can affect your social life, exercise, sleep, and even your ability to work.

From: Interstitial Cystitis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome.”

Urology Care Foundation: “Symptoms,” Treatment,” “After Initial Treatment.”

Harvard Medical School: “Diagnosing and Treating Interstitial Cystitis.”

Interstitial Cystitis Association: “4 to 12 Million May Have IC.”

Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: “Interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome fact sheet.”

UpToDate: “Management of interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome.”

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on October 23, 2017

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome.”

Urology Care Foundation: “Symptoms,” Treatment,” “After Initial Treatment.”

Harvard Medical School: “Diagnosing and Treating Interstitial Cystitis.”

Interstitial Cystitis Association: “4 to 12 Million May Have IC.”

Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: “Interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome fact sheet.”

UpToDate: “Management of interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome.”

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on October 23, 2017

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