I am diagnosed with Ic about three years ago. I continued to experience recurring Urinary Tract infections. It was more serious than this! The doctor finally suggested I see an expert. The urologist conducted cystoscopy on me and found my bladder to be covered in blood spots that indicate that a patient has IC. 95% of IC patients have this type of small-sized (pinpoint) hemorrhages. They are also called conglomerations. About five to ten percent of IC patients suffer from the ulcerative version of the disease , and suffer from Hunner’s patches , or ulcers. The frequency of Urination, urgency, as well as the spasms. (That sometimes are so painful that I lie on the help of a heating pad in order to get some relief!) IC is a condition that is prone to getting worse and wanes. It’s not a constant pain, but rather an occasional flare-up.
Many people who suffer from IC suffer from periods of relief from symptoms. This is often accompanied by what’s known as IC flare-ups. This is when there is an increase in IC symptoms (typically the urgency of urinary tract pain along with frequency). There is no set time frame for these flare-ups. They just appear and disappear. It is usually diagnosed by Cystoscopy and explaining the signs to the family physician. In the hospital, you are admitted to the hospitalbecause the bladder must be filled with fluid, in order to be able to see the complete part within the urinary tract. The procedure is considered to be done the same day and can be non-painful. The results are immediately visible due to the fact that the cystoscopy comes with a camera which shows the bladder area. There is no cure for this illness, but doctors treat it using a variety of drugs to lessen discomfort at the bay. Elmiron, ani depressants anti histamines and pain medication are part of the standard treatment. I’m using every one of these. They are able to keeping the pain at bay. It is not clear how to stop this, or completely eliminate the spasmsas well as the UTI types of symptoms and pain. A specific diet can help to reduce the intake of acidic food items that can cause more irritation to the bladder. Things like chocolates, sauces and other spicy food items …(All Of which in my opinion I absolutely love! ):(
Sometimes it’s simply trial and error as various foods affect individuals in different ways. Living with IC isn’t without its problems, and requires constant support from those close to you. My husband and my boys are beyond helpful with everything that has to be done in the home and other areas in the event that I’m struggling with bouts of pain and discomfort. Antidepressants are helpful as anyone who is suffering from chronic pain can experience periods of depression. Anti histamines help to eliminate any histamines that are ingested which could trigger more flare-ups. Elmiron is a different sulfate-based medication, which aids in protecting the bladder. Together together with the diet help to keep flare ups to a minimum. I’ve also had bladder instillation procedures, where the bladder is covered with an ointment, which is similar to the bladder wash. The result is a garlicky scent that rises from your entire body after the treatment for a few hours following the procedure. Additionally, it makes you feeling a bit more sore. The treatments are usually referred to as DMSO treatments. My doctor described them as if you were having chemo of the bladder, only there is a lesser amount of medication included in the mixture and added to the bladder. It can cause side effects for some, such as hair loss, garlic’s taste or smell, or flu-like symptoms lasting for approximately 24-48 hours. afterward.
The benefits are as a result of it being an anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic treatment. The disease is all about treating the discomfort. Some people find it not as widespread like with other people. For me, it is constantly present. Whatever I choose to eat or drink the pain seems to be increasing. My husband, even though his job is excellent that pays well to our entire family doesn’t have health insurance , neither he or me, so I’m left to combat this through medication, and to keep this discomfort at the bay. The medicines are expensive and, in turn, creates stress. Stress is another reason that triggers flare ups. It’s an endless loop! In the absence of my Lord to guide me, I wouldn’t be able to make it! The Lord is always my source for comfort source of happiness, and peace. I continue to trust Him in the future, that one day I’ll be rid of this burden. In the meantime, I’ll make use of it to show anyone else that you can succeed through…adverse circumstances. We do, in fact traverse through…hard times however, the goal is getting through it! Perseverance. I am able to accomplish anything by the power of Christ Jesus, who is my strength, me each day! You are able to do it, when you’ve got this. If you are suffering every day, just like me go through your Word of God to strengthen your faith and peace. Let others know that life is full of happiness, and we must to look for them wherever, whenever we are able to. The world is full of pain However, God can bring us through when we put our faith in Him. This is a real-life disease that has no known reasons or cures however, thankfully, it’s not a death penalty, it’s a deal-making sentence. It is learning to deal…wor what we’re given. Finding peace in it until we can get through. I am sure that one day I will. I wish you the best who are suffering can find peace. I was plagued by years of repeated Urinary tract infections before being taken to a specialist who finally was able to check for this condition and diagnose my symptoms. It’s a relatively unknown type of a disease, however there are many Americans suffer from it. It is a problem for both women and men. I suspect that I suffered from it for a long time before it was discovered. The cystoscopy reveals the real issue within the bladder wall. If you’re hurting you, there are solutions. Perhaps, I’ve addressed one or two of your questions? If you need help or have a question I’d love to do my best in it.