What is Interstitial Cystitis?
If you had asked me a month ago what Painful bladder syndrome and its Natural Remedies were, I would have just stared at you without the slightest idea of what you were talking about. Well, that will be probably because it is a less common form of cystitis that is not even caused by infection or bacteria. After a bit of research though, I was somewhat amused that I have never heard of such a interesting disease.
Interstitial Cystitis is an autoimmune disorder that is much graver than the average cystitis. It is a chronic inflammation of the bladder that affects men and women of all ages, although 90% of the people affected are women, especially the pregnant or the ones in menopause.
What are its causes?
Interstitial Cystitis may act up on its own or connected along with other autoimmune disorders. People with autoimmune disorders are more prone to Interstitial Cystitis but this is not, however, the cause of it. There are actually many theories on what the cause might be, but doctors have yet to find the exact cause of Interstitial Cystitis. Most people think so but stress isn't the cause either.
What are the symptoms?
The most common, and sometimes the only symptom for Interstitial Cystitis is the frequent feeling of wanting to urinate immediately, up to 60 times a day in severe cases. This is why Interstitial Cystitis is often mistakenly diagnosed as bladder infections, urethritis, or emotional problems. Other symptoms include pain in the lower abdominal, urethral, or vaginal area, bladder spasms, stiffness in the bladder, incontinence, "acidic" feeling while urinating, and lower bladder capability. Painful bladder syndrome is not contagious.