Last Modified on Feb 15, 2015
What Is Interstitial Cystitis?
Also called painful bladder syndrome, interstitial cystitis is a chronic condition characterized by bladder pressure, bladder pain and periodically pelvic pain. A hollow organ, the bladder is responsible for storing and processing urine. As the bladder fills with urine, it expands, and when it is full, it signals to the brain. The brain then transmits the information to the pelvic nerves, which creates the urge to urinate for most people. In individuals with interstitial cystitis, however, these signals are not communicated effectively, so an individual experiences the need to urinate more frequently even with less volume of urine than most people.
The common signs and symptoms of interstitial cystitis vary from person to person and may vary over time as interstitial cystitis is a condition that involves periodic “flaring” in response to triggers. Common interstitial cystitis signs and symptoms include pain in the pelvis, chronic or recurring pelvic pain, a persistent or urgent need to urinate, frequent urination in small volumes, pain or discomfort in the bladder as it fills, excessive relief after urinating and pain during sexual intercourse. Symptoms of interstitial cystitis may resemble those symptoms typical of a urinary tract infection; however, urine cultures are typically free of bacteria in an individual with interstitial cystitis.
While the specific cause of interstitial cystitis is not known, research suggests that several factors are involved. A defect in the protective lining of the bladder which allows toxic substances to leak out of the bladder, an autoimmune reaction, heredity, infection and allergy are accepted possible causes of interstitial cystitis.
Natural Interstitial Cystitis Remedies
Essentially, interstitial cystitis is an inflammatory condition. As such, many natural remedies that treat inflammation offer relief of interstitial cystitis. An anti-inflammatory diet avoiding “trigger” foods is an effective way for most to manage interstitial cystitis. Additional options include managing the alkalinity of the urine using borax, baking soda and apple cider vinegar diluted in water. Other supplements that may be helpful include aloe vera, vitamin C, marshmallow root and barley milk.
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[YEA] Deb for your IC please get some Ph paper and test your urine. You want it alkaline, not acidic. Check it all day long. I think you might have a fungal growth. To kill it and get alkaline take 400mg of potassium citrate 3 times a day. Also take 1/4 tsp. borax, 1/8 to 1/4 tsp. baking soda and 1 to 2 tbls apple cider vinegar in a little water. Take it 3 times a day. You can drink some plain water after it to wash it down. The fungus won't like this and you may feel worse, before you get better, please stick with it and stay away from all sugars. I can now go 2 to 3 hours without going to the bathroom and only get up 3 times at night, it use to be every 20 minutes. Good luck and I will pray for you.
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