For the month of April, I will be blogging every day (minus every Sunday but today) about Interstitial Cystitis for The A to Z Blogging Challenge. Each day I will talk about a subject dealing with IC and my life living with it.
Today is A so I'm starting off simple with About Interstitial Cystitis.
What is Interstitial Cystitis?
Interstitial cystitis (in-ter-stish-uhl sĭ-stī’tĭs), or IC, is a bladder condition that usually consists of multiple symptoms. Most IC patients have recurring pelvic pain, pressure, or discomfort in the bladder and pelvic region, and urinary frequency (needing to go often) and urgency (feeling a strong need to go).
IC may also be referred to as painful bladder syndrome (PBS), bladder pain syndrome (BPS), and chronic pelvic pain.
To be diagnosed, a person usually has a cystoscopy. The main treatment, in my experience, has been a medication called Elmiron and diet change. Most doctors will say it can't be cured, but can heal some to make any discomfort and pain less. (There are natural healing groups on FB that claim it can be healed, but I've also seen them claim that carrot juice can cure cancer.) In the event that medication and diet change doesn't help (or you don't bother) you can wreck your bladder so badly that the only option is to have it removed. That's called a Cystectomy. I have no plans on letting that happen.
IC can affect anyone. More than 12 million people in the US have IC:
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