6 Symptoms of Interstitial Cystitis

Pain and a feeling of intense pressure are two of the symptoms that Dr. Floyd Seskin sees often in patients with interstitial cystitis. Interstitial cystitis is a chronic condition, but it can be well-managed with proper care. The team at Seskin Urology has the knowledge and experience to recognize, diagnose, and treat interstitial cystitis. 

The following six symptoms are frequently associated with interstitial cystitis. 

1. Symptoms that come and go

Not everyone who has interstitial cystitis has the same symptoms. In fact, you may have different symptoms and of varying intensity at different times in the course of your condition. 

2. Generalized pain

You may have pain in the region of your pelvis. Women may have pain between the anus and vagina, and men may have pain between the scrotum and the anus. You may have tenderness in your abdomen or pelvic area, as well. 

It’s rare for people with interstitial cystitis to have constant pain. Instead, the pain comes and goes. You may spend months without pain, only to have it return with greater intensity. 

3. Bladder-related pain

You may feel pain as your bladder fills. Most people urinate between four and seven times a day, and don’t notice as their bladder fills between urinating. If you have interstitial cystitis, bladder filling may hurt. 

Some interstitial cystitis patients feel pain as they urinate as well. Once you’ve emptied your bladder, you’re likely to feel relief for a time, or at least until your bladder begins to fill again. 

4. Frequent urination

Where a person with a normally functioning urinary system may need to urinate a few times a day, you may need to go as many as 60 times per day! Even if it’s not that extreme, if you have interstitial cystitis, you probably need to urinate more often than you think you should. 

There are other factors that may contribute to frequent urination, of course. If you’re drinking a large amount of liquid, or if you take certain medications, especially medications for hypertension, you may need to urinate more frequently. 

5. Urgency 

Along with needing to urinate frequently, you may have a strong sense of urgency. In other words, when you need to urinate, you need to urinate immediately. Urgency is normal if you haven’t urinated for several hours, or you’re consuming lots of liquids, but if you’ve just gone, and you’re not drinking much, a sense of urgency is unusual. 

6. Problems with sex

Because your urinary system and your reproductive system are close together, conditions like interstitial cystitis can cause sexual dysfunction. 

In women, the vagina and the bladder are near each other, and the bladder pain that’s often associated with interstitial cystitis can cause painful intercourse. Menstruation can also worsen the symptoms of interstitial cystitis. 

Men, too, may have some level of sexual dysfunction with interstitial cystitis. Pain in the penis or scrotum isn’t unusual, or you may have pain during ejacualtion, or even as much as a day after ejaculating. 

Just as symptoms vary among people with interstitial cystitis, the most effective treatment for any individual varies. Dr. Seskin works with you, taking your individual circumstances and medical history into account, to determine a treatment plan that is most likely to work for you. 

If you’re having symptoms and you’re not sure why, schedule an appointment at Seskin Urology by calling 305-792-6905. 

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