I have been diagnosed as having IC about 3 years ago. I continued to experience recurring Urinary Tract infection. It was more serious than this! My doctor eventually suggested I see an expert. The urologist conducted cystoscopy on me and discovered that my bladder was be covered in blood spots that indicate the presence of IC. 95% of IC patients suffer from this type of paraochial (pinpoint) hemorrhages, which are also called conglomerations. About five to ten percent of IC patients suffer from the ulcerative version of the disease , and suffer from Hunner’s patches , or ulcers. It is characterized by frequent urinary urgency, urgency, and the spasms. (That sometimes are so painful that I lie on an heating pad to get some relief!) IC is a condition that is prone to getting worse and wanes. It’s not a constant discomfort, but rather an occasional flare-up.
Many people who suffer from IC suffer from periods of relief from symptoms, but also what’s known as IC flare-ups. It is a period of an increase in IC symptoms (typically the urgency of urinary tract pain as well as frequency). There is no set time frame for these so-called flare-ups. They simply appear and disappear. It is usually diagnosed through Cystoscopy in addition to explaining the complaints to your family physician. The patient is admitted the hospital as the bladder must be filled with fluid, in order to be able to see the complete area within the urinary tract. It is considered the same day, and it is painless. The results are immediately visible due to the fact that the cystoscopy is equipped with a camera, that can show the bladder. There isn’t a cure for this condition, however they manage it using a variety of medicines to lessen discomfort at the bay. Elmiron, ani depressants anti histamines, as well as pain medicines are the typical regimen. I’m taking every one of these. They work to help to reduce pain. There is no way to stop this, or completely eliminate the spasmsas well as the UTI types of symptoms and pain. A specific diet can help to reduce the consumption of acidic food items that can make the bladder more irritable. Things like chocolates, sauces, and spicy food items …(All that, in my opinion I absolutely love! ):(
Sometimes, it’s just the process of trial and error, since different food items affect different people in different ways. Living with IC is not without its difficulties, and requires constant support from those close to you. My husband and sons are extremely helpful in the chores in the home and other areas in the event that I’m struggling with the occasional bouts of pain and discomfort. The antidepressants can help as anyone who is suffering from chronic pain can experience periods of depression. Anti histamines help to eliminate any histamines that are ingested that can trigger further flare-ups. Elmiron is another sulfate-based drug that aids in covering the bladder. These, along together with the diet help to keep flare ups to a minimum. I’ve also had bladder instillation therapies, in which the bladder is covered in an oil, similar to an ointment for the bladder. The result is a garlicky scent that rises throughout your body after the treatment for a couple of hours following the procedure. Also, it leaves you feeling more tired. They are often referred to as DMSO treatments. My doctor described them as being similar to having chemo in the bladder, only one less drug is mixed in with the other to be added to the bladder. It can cause side effects for certain, such as loss of hair, garlic flavor or smell, or the flu-like symptoms lasting for approximately 24-48 hours. afterward.
The benefits are as a result of it being an anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory treatment. This condition is about treating the discomfort. Some people find it not as common in comparison to other types of pain. For me, it is constantly present. No matter what I try to eat or drink the pain seems to be becoming worse. My husband, despite the fact that is employed at a high-quality job which provides a good income to our entire family does not have health insurance , neither he or me, so I have to attempt to combat this through medication, and to keep this discomfort at low. The medication is expensive and, in turn, creates stress. Stress is another reason which causes flare-ups. It’s an endless loop! In the absence of my Lord to guide me, I could not have made it! The Lord is always my source for comfort source of joy, and peace. I still trust Him, I pray that someday, eventually I’ll be free of this burden. For now, I’ll take this to remind people that it is possible to succeed through…adverse circumstances. Yes, we do have to go through…hard times but the point is getting through it! Perseverance. I can accomplish all things because of Christ Jesus who strengthens me each day! You are able to do it, in the event that you possess this. If you are suffering each day, as I do go through your Word of God to build your strength and peace. Tell others that life has happiness, and we must to be able to recognize them wherever, whenever we are able. There is pain in life however, God can bring us through when we put our faith in Him. It is a real illness and has no established cause or cure yet however, thankfully, it’s not a death sentence; it’s a deal-making sentence. It is learning to deal…wthe things we’re given. Finding peace in it until we can get through. I hope that someday I will. I pray that you, who are suffering can find peace. I had a long time of repeated Urinary tract infections, prior to being taken to a specialist who was finally able to search for the disease and diagnose my symptoms. It’s not a widely known of a disease, however it is a common occurrence. Americans suffer from it. It is a problem for both women and men. I believe I’ve was suffering from it for years before it was discovered. The cystoscopy is a way to see what’s really happening in the bladder area/walls. If you’re hurting you, there are solutions. Perhaps, I’ve addressed one or two of your questions? If you require help or have a question I’d love to attempt my best at it.