Interstitial cystitis (IC), also known as bladder pain syndrome, is a chronic, debilitating bladder disorder. Symptoms of IC differ from person to person but may include include urinary frequency, urinary urgency or the strong need to urinate, bladder or pelvic pain, pressure or discomfort, and/or pain in the genitalia. Symptoms fluctuate but tend to get worse with time. There is no identifiable cause of this disease but several theories are being investigated. IC symptoms result in a poor quality of life with sleep dysfunction, sexual dysfunction, depression, anxiety, and stress.
Many patients have persistent symptoms despite using a variety of treatments. Patients can have significant improvement in their IC symptoms by following behavior modification advice. Therapeutic bladder installations are currently being utilized which helps most patients.
Much is to be learned. I presently have seven clinical research studies evaluating and treating IC.