Interstitial cystitis or bladder pain syndrome is a clinical syndrome in which patients feel pain, pressure or discomfort associated with the bladder for more than 6 weeks duration, in the absence of infection or other identifiable causes.
Patients may also reports symptoms of overactive bladder as well, which include urinary frequency, urgency and waking at night to void. Typically the painful component is worse when the bladder is full.
Currently it is estimated about 7.9 million adults in the United States have these symptoms.
Unfortunately the mechanism by which people develop this syndrome is poorly understood, however there are various treatment options.
During your evaluation at South Land Urology you will undergo a thorough medical history, a physical exam, and be asked to fill out a questionnaire that helps to guide treatment options. We will also take a urine sample and perform a bladder ultrasound to ensure the bladder empties properly. In some cases we may recommend an office cystoscopy to evaluate the lining of the bladder.
Treatment for painful bladder syndrome will be individualized based on your symptoms. Goals will be both to treat flares when they do occur and to prevent them from occurring in the future.
At South Land Urology we are committed to you as a patient, and we recognize that this diagnosis can be very challenging. We will do our best to ensure safe, effective treatment in order to get you back to where you want to be.