Bladder Pain/Interstitial Cystitis


Blad­der pain or inter­sti­tial cys­ti­tis (IC) is a chron­ic con­di­tion that occurs when your blad­der becomes irri­tat­ed or inflamed (cre­at­ing a full feel­ing) and caus­es your brain to think it is time to uri­nate when it is not tru­ly full. This also caus­es the blad­der wall to stiff­en, which makes it hard for the blad­der to ful­ly expand when it fills with urine.

The main symp­tom of inter­sti­tial cys­ti­tis is pain. Gen­er­al­ly this pain is strongest when the blad­der fills and lessens when the blad­der emp­ties. You can also expe­ri­ence pain in your low­er back, abdomen or groin as well as blad­der pres­sure. This con­di­tion is more com­mon in women, and can cause you to uri­nate more fre­quent­ly or have an urge to uri­nate and only pass a lit­tle bit each time. Those with severe cas­es may uri­nate as often as 60 times a day.

While there is no way to elim­i­nate inter­sti­tial cys­ti­tis, there are med­ica­tions, behav­ioral mod­i­fi­ca­tions and ther­a­pies that may pro­vide relief. 

Treat­ing IC usu­al­ly requires using more than one treat­ment at a time, and not uncom­mon­ly with mul­ti­ple specialists.