Interstitial cystitis symptoms

Studies have shown that 90% of women suffer from interstitial cystitis, which is also known as painful bladder syndrome. This is a condition where one has that extreme urgency to urinate and is often caused by an infection in the bladder. Those who are suffering from this condition have been found not to have traces of any infectious organism in their system.

Cystitis actually refers to an inflammation of the bladder. When you are suffering from this condition, you normally feel pain and soreness in the pelvic area. Any organ in the body that is inflamed or is not working properly, cannot properly function. Hence, due to this inflammation, the capacity of the bladder to hold urine is hampered as well. When this happens, you can no longer control or hold back your urine whenever the time comes for you to urinate.

In fact, the feeling to urinate right away is so urgent that you would be running to the toilet near you. The worse thing for people who suffer from such is when they cannot see a toilet nearby. When this happens, the tendency is for you to urinate involuntarily. People who are not suffering from such ailment would be in the same position once the bladder gets so full, that even without your will to urinate, the bladder would simply give way and release urine. This is much worse with those who suffer from interstitial cystitis.

You must know the different interstitial cystitis symptoms in order to determine if you are suffering from such a condition. When the symptoms are present, there is actually no need to find out whether something might be causing the symptoms. Rather, once the symptoms are clear, the diagnosis is usually the same.

Interstitial cystitis symptoms include the uncontrollable urgency to urinate. Normal people would often feel the need to urinate but in a gradual manner. The feeling starts out slow until the urge gradually increases to the point where you need becomes so strong that you are forced to look for a toilet. In persons with interstitial cystitis, it is different. Once the feeling to urinate is there, it is that strong at the onset that one needs to urinate immediately – not leaving any time to find appropriate resources.

One of the interstitial cystitis symptoms is frequent urination. This would entail the person making frequent trips to the bathroom but only urinating in small amounts every time. When this is observed in relation to the way that you urinate, it is very important to see the doctor immediately so that you may be able to determine whether you are suffering from interstitial cystitis. There are other complications of the urinary tract such as having a urinary tract infection which has similar symptoms to interstitial cystitis.

You may also feel pelvic pain if you are suffering from interstitial cystitis. Normally, people would associate pelvic pain with having problems in the reproductive organs, but it is also associated with other problems in the different organs located in the pelvic area such as the kidneys. This is why it is also one of the symptoms of interstitial cystitis. Considering that the bladder is the organ that suffers directly due to this condition, bladder pain is also one of the interstitial cystitis symptoms since the bladder being inflamed is enough to cause you to feel pain in the area.

For women, the menstruation period can become worse. You may suffer from dysmenorrhea or menstrual cramps, vaginal bleeding or some irregularities with regards to menstruation. So if you are already suffering from such, it may get worse if you have interstitial cystitis.

These are just some of the symptoms, although there could be more such as pain during sexual intercourse, pressure above the pubic area, or even penis discomfort for males. What is important is your knowledge of these symptoms so that you may immediately seek medical help.

Last updated on Jun 7th, 2010 and filed under Genitourinary Disorders. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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