Inflamed Bladder

There are a lot of organs in the body, and each and every one of them has a specific purpose for being in such condition and location. For instance, the bladder is in the lower part of the pelvis and it is elastic in nature because it collects the urine that is to be excreted from the body. If the bladder had been somewhere else, it would not be able to dispose of the urine properly, and had it not been elastic, then it would not be able to hold much urine.

The bladder is a very important organ in the excretory system because it is responsible for the successful disposal of bodily wastes. If the bladder did not function properly, there can be several infections and health problems that could arise from the accumulation of waste products in the body.

There are many problems that may inflict the bladder, and one of these is inflammation. An inflamed bladder is diagnosed with interstitial cystitis or painful bladder syndrome (PBS). The symptoms of this medical condition include extreme and chronic pain in the bladder and surrounding pelvic area, painful urination, frequent urination, nocturia, and a pressure felt in the bladder area. Some people may also experience pain during sexual intercourse and pelvic floor dysfunction.

Diagnosing interstitial cystitis is difficult because its symptoms are very similar with other bladder problems like overactive bladder, urethritis, urethral syndrome, prostatitis, and many others. The disorder affects up to 90% more women than men, which means that women are more prone to having the illness. Before, it was thought that this medical problem was a problem of menopausal women, but recently more and more younger individuals from both sexes are being diagnosed of interstitial cystitis.

There is no clear cause as to why and how interstitial cystitis affects and individual. If ever you will be diagnosed with one, the doctor may probably attach some external links to your disease like autoimmune disorders, psychological, neurological, allergic, and genetic factors. Nevertheless, the common symptom that every patient experiences with this disease is the damage of the linig of the bladder, also known as the urothelium. When this happens, the urinary chemicals and constituents can damage the bladder, leaking into the surrounding tissues and causing extreme pain, inflammation, and urinary problems.

In order to diagnose if an individual has interstitial cystitis, there are several tests that a patient should undergo. The first one is a questionnaire-type test where the individual will answer some questions related to the effects of interstitial cystitis with the health, like “Is your urination frequency unusually high since you started feeling the pelvic pains?” and some other similar questions. There are many other tests that should be undertaken like urinalyses, in-depth analysis of the urine sampl through ultrasound scanning and other exams, and cystoscopy.

There is no definite answer to the problem brought about by interstitial cystitis, but there are some ways to relieve the pain and offer comfort to an individual whose life has been greatly compromised by having such a disorder. Behavioral and medical therapy are required to open the eyes of the sufferer to the truths about the medical problem, how to deal with it, how to manage the symptoms, and how to live as normally as possible despite affliction.

Elmiron is one of the oral medications prescribed for individuals with interstitial cystitis. The drug acts as a restoring agent to the bladder’s protective mucus lining or the urothelium. Gastrointestinal problems and possibly hair loss could be some side effects of the drug. Other medications focus on relieving the pain experienced with the inflammation of the bladder. There are also surgical treatments for the medical problem, but these should be considered as a last option if no other treatment works.

Having interstitial cystitis is very uncomfortable and frustrating because you don’t know what causes it and what treatments will provide permanent relief. Nonetheless, technology is continuously developing to create better solutions for untreatable medical problems such as this.