Interstitial Cystitis Treatment in Bethesda, VA
Painful bladder syndrome, known medically as interstitial cystitis, is a problem that many men and women deal with. Even a mild case of interstitial cystitis can wreak havoc on everyday life and cause intense pain. Thankfully, there are interstitial cystitis treatments.
Request more information about painful bladder syndrome treatment today: call (703) 327-2434 or contact Dr. Andrew Heyman online.
Interstitial Cystitis Symptoms
As the name implies, the most common symptom of interstitial cystitis is a painful bladder. Interstitial cystitis varies in its severity, so the amount of pain will be different from person to person. People who are dealing with interstitial cystitis sometimes see other symptoms as well.
Common interstitial cystitis symptoms include:
- Pelvic pain
- Frequent urination
- Constant urge to urinate
- Painful urination (dysuria)
- Pain after urination
- Pain during sex
Interstitial Cystitis Causes
There is no one cause of painful bladder syndrome. While more women suffer from interstitial cystitis than men, it can occur in either gender. In some cases, interstitial cystitis is caused by the deterioration of the lining of the bladder.
Certain risk factors make a person more likely to contract painful bladder syndrome, including:
- Advanced age
- Prostate gland inflammation in men
- Irritable bowel syndrome
Dealing with painful interstitial cystitis can lead to many long-term problems, including depression, reduced quality of life and more.
Interstitial Cystitis Treatment
There is no easy cure for interstitial cystitis. However, there are many different treatments available that can help mitigate symptoms and restore regular urinary function. Painful bladder syndrome treatment typically begins with tests to determine if the problem is there.
Common interstitial cystitis tests include:
- Pelvic exam
- Potassium sensitivity testy
- Cystoscopy (examining the bladder with a small camera)
If interstitial cystitis is present, treatment can begin. Possible interstitial cystitis treatments include:
- Antihistamine medications
- Anti-inflammatory medication
- Nerve stimulation
- Bladder instillation
The best treatment for interstitial cystitis will vary depending on the individual patient and the severity of the problem. For minor cases, medication may be enough to restore regular function. Interstitial cystitis surgery is typically only for those with extreme bladder pain.
Bladder augmentation surgery involves replacing the damaged portion of the bladder with healthy tissue.
Request Painful Bladder Information Today
Painful bladder syndrome can be embarrassing and painful. Request more information today: call (703) 327-2434 or contact Dr. Andrew Heyman online.
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