Pelvic Pain – Interstitial Cystitis

One of the most distressing conditions that troubles a woman is Interstitial Cystitis. It is often a condition that is accompanied by debilitating bladder pain, urgency and frequency of urine. Symptoms may mimic the overactive bladder syndrome. However, pain is the key differentiating factor. Other differential diagnosis could be that of Vulvodynia and Tuberculosis of the bladder. The bladder capacity is often severely reduced and most overactive bladder mediactions don’t work. Though diagnosis is usually of exclusion, a bladder distension test under anaesthesia sometimes helps in the diagnosis.

Treatment would involve Lifestyle modifications, Bladder distension under anaesthesia and medications. Botox injections into the bladder may prove helpful at times.

Did You Know?
Overactive baldder (OAB) symptoms are more bothersome than SUI due to the unpredictable manner in which they occur. OAB affects quality of life more severely than diabetes.