Interstitial cystitis or IC is a multi-factorial syndrome characterized by pelvic pain, urinary bladder inflammation, frequent urination and urgency. The pain can range from mild to debilitating. It is a syndrome that waxes and wanes, affects primarily women, however men can also be affected. IC is typically diagnosed after urinary tract infections and other pelvic diseases have been ruled out. Many people with IC also struggle with fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, allergies and asthma. Stress and anxiety are known to exacerbate IC symptoms. Menstruation and intercourse often trigger pain.
Interstitial Cystitis or Lower Urinary Dysfunction Epithelia in men is characterized by symptoms similar to an acute lower urinary tract infection but without an identifiable pathogen. Symptoms include bladder pain, urinary frequency, nocturia, urgency and pain with urination. (more…)