Symptom Relief From Interstitial Cystitis

Interstitial cystitis (IC) doesn’t just affect your overall health, it affects nearly every aspect of your life, inconveniencing you and making a normal routine almost impossible. You might feel alone in your suffering, but approximately 8 million women struggle with this condition. Unfortunately, most will ignore their symptoms and delay treatment. 

But there’s no reason to live with the painful disruptive symptoms. 

Dr. Melissa Delgado and our experienced staff at The Chronic Pelvic Pain Center of North Virginia lends a sympathetic and caring ear when it comes to uncomfortable issues like interstitial cystitis. She specializes in diagnosing the root cause of your condition and giving you the best care possible. 

An overview of interstitial cystitis 

To understand IC, you first have to get to know your bladder. Your bladder is a muscular sac that sits in the center of your pelvic area just behind your pubic bone. When it’s empty, it’s no larger than a pear. Two tubes run from your kidneys, which make your urine, to your bladder. The urine is stored in your bladder until you’re able to relieve yourself. 

It may seem like a simple system, but there are lots of things that can go wrong in your bladder and urinary tract. 

Interstitial cystitis means you have some problem with your bladder. In layman’s terms, interstitial means that something is affecting the tissues of one of your organs. Cystitis refers to bladder inflammation or damage. 

This condition looks different in every person but will typically cause symptoms like:

Your symptoms can come and go and change in severity. That’s what makes IC so difficult to diagnose. Fortunately, Dr. Delgado’s expertise can nail down a diagnosis and get you started on an effective treatment plan. 

How can IC be treated?

The most effective treatment for Interstitial cystitis depends on what’s causing your case. That’s why seeking Dr. Delgado’s help to figure out the root cause of your IC is the first step in finding relief or even remission. 

The following are a few possible underlying conditions causing your IC symptoms:

The Gold standard for diagnosing IC is a cystoscopy with hydrodistention, however, we are moving away from requiring this procedure as a means of diagnosis. We can make the diagnosis clinically with your history and a simple physical exam. Dr. Delgado can also rule out or address any infections, bacteria, fungi, or other health issues that may be present. 

There are effective treatments to manage your symptoms. Dr. Delgado works closely with you to treat the source of your and equip you with the tools you need to control urination, reduce pain, and find relief. 

Some commons treatments and lifestyle changes for IC include:

Depending on your symptoms and specific circumstances, Dr. Delgado creates a treatment plan that works best for you. Most of our patients find relief from symptoms and freedom from pain within six months to a year of treatment. 

You don’t have to accept IC as a part of your life. There’s a way for you not only to get rid of your pain and frequent urination but address the condition that lurks beneath them. 

If you’d like more information or would like to get started on your journey to a happier, healthier life, begin with a consultation: call our office at 571-261-8069 or schedule an appointment online today.

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