Saturday, February 5, 2011

WHAT IS IC OR PAINFUL BLADDER SYNDROM

I am getting so many questions asking what IC Bladder/Painful Syndrome is.
I copied this from the IC Network.

Interstitial cystitis (IC), also known as bladder pain syndrome (BPS), painful bladder syndrome (PBS) or hypersensitive bladder syndrome (HBS), is a condition that results in "an unpleasant sensation (pain, pressure, discomfort) perceived to be related to the urinary bladder, associated with lower urinary tract symptoms of more than 6 weeks duration, in the absence of infection or other identifiable causes." (2009 New American IC/BPS Guidelines).
The symptoms can vary greatly between individuals and even for the same person throughout the month, including an urgent need to urinate (urgency), a frequent need to urinate (frequency) and, for some, pressure and/or pelvic pain. People with severe cases of IC/PBS may urinate as many as 60 times a day, including frequent nighttime urination (nocturia).
You can read the rest of this article on What is IC Bladder/Painful Syndrome CLICK.
There is no cure and a diet void of different acids and preservatives, etc.  is recommended and has worked for me.  Others have to do the diet and take medication.
It has only been recognized by the Medical Community (according to the first Dr. that said that is what I have) for a short time.
For information on medications, etc. that can cause problems check my article on my blog BASICS.
Hoping this helps those who want to understand what an IC family member or friend is going through.

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