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Several treatment options for for interstitial cystitis

Date:2012-06-26 click:

In patients with interstitial cystitis (IC), the bladder wall becomes irritated or inflamed, causing pain and painful or frequent urination. Some patients need to urinate as often as 60 times a day.

 
The symptoms of IC are often similar to those of a bacterial urinary tract infection. However, in IC, there is no bacterial infection and the symptoms do not respond to antibiotics.
 
There are several treatment options. You may need to try several before finding the right one or combination of therapies. Because there is no cure for IC, the goal of treatment is to reduce symptoms.
 
Other treatment options for interstitial cystitis include:
 
Bladder training: Learn to reduce frequent urination by letting longer periods of time pass before urinating. This does not reduce pain.
 
Bladder distention: Sterile water is used to stretch the bladder. Most patients feel worse for a couple weeks after the procedure. After that, up to half of patients feel better. This procedure may work by increasing bladder capacity or interfering with pain signals. It is done under general anesthesia.
 
Bladder instillation: The bladder is temporarily filled with a sterile solution containing one of a number of ingredients that help relax the bladder and alleviate pain.
 
Electrical nerve stimulation: Mild electrical impulses are passed into the body through wires placed below the navel, on the lower back, or inside the rectum or vagina.
 
Oral medications: Pentosan polysulfate sodium (Elmiron) is the only medication approved for the treatment of IC, but it is effective in only about one-third of patients. Other oral medications are not approved specifically for IC but may offer relief. One such medicine is amitriptyline, a medicine first used for depression. It also reduces pain caused by irritated nerve endings.
 
Herbal medication: The herbal medicine "Diuretic and Anti-inflammatory Pill" which is developed by Dr.Lee is work for 80% IC sufferers. Pain will be reduced by 70% with the medication.
 
Dietary modifications can indeed help to control your symptoms of Interstitial Cystitis. You should avoid smoking, alcohol, caffeinated beverages, artificial sweeteners, spices and hot peppers, citrus fruits or juices, other high-acid foods such as tomatoes, and chocolate. If other foods trigger your symptoms, avoid those as well.

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