Interstitial cystitis (IC) is an inflamed or irritated bladder wall. It can lead to scarring and stiffening of the bladder. The bladder can’t hold as much urine as it did in the past. It is a chronic disorder. IC may also be known as:
The cause of interstitial cystitis (IC) is unknown. Researchers are looking at many theories to understand the causes of IC and find the best treatments.
Most people with IC find that certain foods make their symptoms worse. These include:
These are the most common symptoms of interstitial cystitis (IC):
Stress may also make symptoms worse, but stress does not cause symptoms.
The symptoms of IC may look like other conditions or medical problems. Always talk with a healthcare provider for a diagnosis.
No single test can diagnose IC. And symptoms of IC are a lot like those of other urinary disorders. For these reasons, a variety of tests may be needed to rule out other problems. Your healthcare provider will start by reviewing your medical history and doing a physical exam. Other tests may include:
There is no cure for IC and it can be hard to treat. Treatments are aimed at easing symptoms, and may include:
Management of IC may also include:
Talk with a healthcare provider with any questions of concerns you may have about this health problem.