Interstitial cystitis is a very uncomfortable and stressful disorder, which is characterized by chronic urinary urgency (feeling the need to urinate immediately) and frequency (frequent urination) with or without pelvic pain. Symptoms of interstitial cystitis may vary among individuals and may even vary with time in the same individual. Many people have to live life around their bladder because of the unpleasant symptoms. The term “cystitis” refers to any inflammation of the bladder. In contrast to bacterial cystitis, which results from an infection in the bladder, no infectious organism has been identified in people with interstitial cystitis. Interstitial cystitis is diagnosed when the symptoms occur without evidence for another cause of the symptoms.

Bacterial Cystitis- is a bladder infection that makes you feel as if you want to urinate frequently. Each time you do, however, you feel an excruciating burning sensation. You may also get mild fever symptoms such as headaches, a pain in the abdomen, and a high temperature.

How we can help

Most women experience bacterial cystitis at one time or another, but for some it is a constantly recurring complaint that can be alleviated by changes in diet and appropriate probiotics

IC is different and must be treated accordingly rather than with a set protocol or a one-size-fits-all approach. The whole person is treated and not just the symptoms.

Interstitial Cystitis is a very complex and debilitating condition. It probably takes a long time, perhaps years, for the body to reach the point, where IC becomes inevitable. This could be for a variety of reasons with several body systems involved. The bladder, damaged by the chronic inflammation, is the most challenging part of the body to repair as it is always in constant use. The complexity of this illness dictates that treatment is given in stages, addressing both the underlying weaknesses in the body and the symptoms.

To help prevent flares, patients are advised to follow a strict diet. Every client’s experience of IC is different so there are no set treatments. Instead, treatments are tailored to meet each patient’s unique needs.