Bladder Pain Syndrome (Interstitial Cystitis)
Bladder Pain Syndrome/Interstitial Cystitis is a chronic painful bladder syndrome marked by feelings of pain and pressure in the bladder area. In addition, people with this disorder have lower urinary tract symptoms that last for more than 6 weeks without an infection or other clear cause of the pain. Symptoms of painful bladder syndrome can vary, but include:
Pain (Often made worse with bladder filling)
Painful sexual intercourse
The exact cause of interstitial cystitis is not known, but is thought to be related to chronic bladder inflammation. Because of this inflammation, patients often have symptoms similar to a urinary tract infection. Often these people will have been tested multiple times for a UTI, but not grow bacteria from their urine when evaluated.
The physicians at Athens Area Urology will help guide you through a thorough diagnostic evaluation to rule out any other potential causes of your pain. Once the diagnosis is made, we will help guide you through different treatment options.