5 tips for managing interstitial cystitis (bladder pain syndrome)
Interstitial cystitis (IC), also called bladder pain syndrome (BPS), is a condition that causes chronic pain in the bladder or pelvic area. In addition to pain, common symptoms of IC include a persistent urge to pee and frequent urination during the day and night. Symptoms may be relieved temporarily by urinating.
IC is a challenging syndrome to diagnose and treat. Often, patients will go through many lab and diagnostic tests to rule out other causes for their symptoms. The process of diagnosis and treatment can be lengthy and frustrating. IC is only diagnosed once all other known potential causes of bladder/pelvic pain have been ruled out.
To date, we don’t know what causes IC, but we do know that it can severely impair an individual’s quality of life. Below are some strategies for managing interstitial cystitis.