Interstitial Cystitis

Floyd Seskin, M.D.

Urologist located in Aventura, FL

Interstitial cystitis is a condition that causes pain and a feeling of pressure in the bladder and general pelvic region. Interstitial cystitis is a chronic condition, but it can be managed with treatment and medication. Floyd Seskin, MD, frequently screens for and treats interstitial cystitis and other bladder and urinary tract conditions at Seskin Urology in Aventura, Florida. For top quality urological care, call the office.

Interstitial Cystitis Q & A

What is interstitial cystitis?

Interstitial cystitis is a chronic condition that can cause a painful sensation of intense pressure in the bladder and pelvic region that can range from mild to debilitating. The other common symptom of interstitial cystitis is severe urinary frequency. The person suffering from interstitial cystitis can have one of these symptoms or both simultaneously.

Your bladder sends a signal to your brain when it’s full to let it know it’s time to urinate. But when you have interstitial cystitis, the bladder can send these signals far more often than is necessary. So you end up needing to urinate much more often, but when you do, you urinate less than a normal trip to the restroom would require.

Both men and women can experience interstitial cystitis. It is often seen in conjunction with other autoimmune diseases, such as Fibromyalgia, Lupus, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, etc.

What are the symptoms of interstitial cystitis?

Interstitial cystitis can be recognized by the following symptoms:

  • Pain between your anus and the genitals
  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • A persistent and urgent need to urinate
  • Frequent urination, especially in small amounts
  • Pain as your bladder fills and relief as it empties
  • Pain during sexual intercourse

While frequent urination can have many causes, interstitial cystitis can be among the most extreme, as some people can urinate every hour throughout the day. Sometimes symptoms can periodically disappear, or they can get worse for a short time, especially because of something like a urinary tract infection.

How is interstitial cystitis treated?

There’s no one treatment for interstitial cystitis that works for everyone, so you’ll have to work with Dr. Seskin to find the right option or combination of options. Dr. Seskin has created a unique treatment that is now used nationwide for patients with interstitial cystitis to relieve both the frequency and pain.

Nerve stimulation and surgery can also be used in certain cases. Furthermore, some treatments use catheters to deliver medication directly to the bladder.

If you have interstitial cystitis or any other bladder condition, book an appointment over the phone with Seskin Urology today.