Interstitial Cystitis (Painful Bladder Syndrome / Hunner’s Ulcer / Elusive Ulcer)
Interstitial cystitis is a chronic condition causing bladder pressure with a persistent urge to urinate,
mild to moderate bladder pain, frequency and sometimes pelvic pain.
- The exact cause of interstitial cystitis is not known.
- Persistent urge to urinate
- Pain & discomfort while the bladder fills & relieves after passing urine
- Lower abdominal pain
- Perineal pain (Pain between scrotum & anus in males & between vagina & anus in females)
- Dyspareunia (painful sexual intercourse)
- Medical history
- Cystoscopy & Bladder wall biopsy
- Urine cytology
- Potassium sensitivity test
Modern Urological treatment
There is no promising treatment for Interstitial cystitis. Different treatments are used in different combinations.
- Oral medications
– Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
– Tricyclic antidepressants, such as amitriptyline or imipramine relax your bladder and block pain.
– Antihistamines – may reduce urinary urgency and frequency
– Pentosan polysulfate sodium – may reconstruct the inner skin of the bladder i.e. urothelium
- Nerve stimulation
– Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
– Sacral nerve stimulation
- Hydro-distention of Bladder
- Intra-vesical cocktail therapy (Instillation of medications into the bladder through a small tube)
- Augmented cystoplasty (Ileo-cystoplasty, Caeco-cystoplasty or Colo-cystoplasty)
Ayurvedic Urological treatment
- Bladder wash
- Oral medication
- Yoga & Pranayama