Interstitial Cystitis (Painful Bladder Syndrome)

What is interstitial cystitis?

Interstitial Cystitis (IC), also known as painful bladder syndrome, is a chronic condition in which the bladder experiences pressure and pain. This pain can also affect the pelvis and ranges in severity–from mild to severe pain.

The bladder is a hollow organ that expands as it fills up with urine. When your bladder is full, your brain receives a signal that it is time to urinate. With painful bladder syndrome, the signals between the brain and the pelvic nerves are confused, causing victims of this condition to urinate more frequently, even though the bladder isn’t full. This condition mostly affects women, which is why Dr. Sargon Bebla helps women in the Modesto area with their IC issues.

What are the signs and symptoms?

Symptoms of interstitial cystitis will vary, and the severity of bladder and pelvic pain can also fluctuate over time. Menstruation, stress, sexual activity, exercise and sitting for long stretches can all trigger this pain.

Additional symptoms include:

  • Pain between the vagina and anus
  • Frequent and urgent urination (up to 60 times a day)
  • Pain/discomfort while the bladder fills and then relief following urination

You may experience moments when you do not have any symptoms, but it is still important to seek the proper treatments.

What are the causes?

The exact cause of painful bladder syndrome is not known, but there are contributing factors. Common factors include:

  • Infections
  • Allergies
  • Hereditary factors
  • Autoimmune reactions

Those with a defective bladder lining are also likely to experience these symptoms. If there is a leak in the lining, toxic substances found in the urine can irritate the wall of your bladder.

Additional risk factors include:

  • Women with fair skin
  • Women who are 30 or older
  • Women who have chronic pain disorders

What are the treatments?

No one IC treatment is universal. Depending on your pain and discomfort levels, or the frequency in which you are using the bathroom, Dr. Bebla will provide the right treatment option for you. Treatments may include medication (oral or bladder instillation), nerve stimulation techniques, surgery, and even physical therapy.*

Treatment options in Modesto, California

Dr. Bebla can discuss interstitial cystitis with you and provide the proper diagnosis. If you are a woman in the Modesto area, and you are experiencing frequent urination or bladder-related pain, give us a call at (209) 409-8513 or schedule your appointment online.

*Individual results may vary; not a guarantee