Specific Health Concerns >> Interstitial Cystitis
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In this video, Dr. Huntoon discusses if having Symptoms is ever normal and what you need to consider if you would choose to be healthy.
Interstitial Cystitis is a long-term chronic imbalance that has been building up for a while. Understanding the metabolic reasons for this becomes paramount if you value the health of your Bladder.
Consider what this video says and if you have Interstitial Cystitis and want to deal with it Naturally, we are here to help you and look forward to serving you.
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Interstitial cystitis (IC), often called painful bladder syndrome, is a tricky condition. It’s tough to diagnose, and though treatments can make life with it better, there’s no cure from a Medical perspective. Dr. Huntoon would encourage you to read his perspective below, if you'd like a different outcome.
Because IC has such a wide range of symptoms and severity, most experts think it might be several diseases. If you have urinary pain that lasts for more than 6 weeks and is not caused by other conditions like infection or kidney stones, you may have IC.
No matter what it’s called, interstitial cystitis symptoms bring a lot of challenges. The disease can affect your social life, exercise, sleep, and even your ability to work.
Despite this, you can still arm yourself with facts and treatments to keep symptoms in check.
What Is It?
IC is a chronic bladder problem where the middle muscular layer of the bladder becomes inflamed and causes pain with expansion or contraction of this muscle during filling or voiding of the bladder. Your bladder holds pee after your kidneys have filtered it but before you pee it out. This condition causes pain and pressure below your belly button. Symptoms can come and go. Or they may be constant.
Interstitial cystitis causes urgent, often painful bathroom trips. You may have to pee as many as 40-60 times a day in severe cases. It can even keep you up at night.
What Are the Symptoms?
These vary from person to person with IC. They can change every day or week or linger for months or years. They might even go away without any treatment.
The bladder pain people feel with IC can range from a dull ache to piercing pain. Peeing may feel like just a little sting, or it can feel like serious burning.
All people with it have an inflamed bladder. About 5% to 10% of people get ulcers in their bladder.
Things that might make symptoms worse:
Who Gets Interstitial Cystitis?
As many as 90% of people with IC are women. Somewhere between about 3% to 6% of adult women have some form of IC. That’s about 3 million to 8 million American women. About 1.3% of American men also have it.
On average, people first start having problems in their 40s. The risk of getting it goes up as you get older.
What Causes IC?
It’s not clear why it happens, but there are several ideas:
How Is It Diagnosed?
There’s no test for interstitial cystitis. If you go to your doctor complaining about bladder pain along with frequency and the urgency to pee, the next step is to rule out what else it could be.
Both men and women would first need to rule out urinary tract infections, bladder cancer, sexually transmitted diseases, and kidney stones.
In women, endometriosis is another possibility. For men, IC can be mistaken for an inflamed prostate or chronic pelvic pain syndrome.
These tests can rule out other conditions:
Home or Lifestyle Treatments
For about half the cases, interstitial cystitis goes away by itself. Among those who need treatment, most find relief and get their lives back to normal.
Medical Treatment is mainly about symptom control. It takes trial and error to find the right combination of treatments. And it usually takes weeks or months to calm the symptoms. This may be unacceptable to you if your condition is particularly painful.
The first stage of treatment is to try to avoid triggers and try lifestyle changes that may help ease symptoms.
A lot of people find that certain foods or drinks irritate their bladders. You don’t have to cut these all out at once. Notice when your symptoms are bad and think back on if you ate or drank any of these. It may be a good idea to keep a food and symptom journal. Take note of what you have each day and how you feel. You can look back to see if there are connections. Not all of these will bother every person.
Talk to your doctor about an elimination diet, which could help you figure out what’s affecting your bladder.
Second-Line Treatments for Interstitial Cystitis
If lifestyle changes aren’t enough, then try the next line of treatments:
Third-Line Treatments for Interstitial Cystitis
If second-line treatments don’t work, your doctor will likely turn to the third-line treatments. They require cytoscopy, a special scope used to look at the bladder, often in an operating room under anesthesia.
If you haven’t been seen by a urologist, a doctor who specializes in treating bladder problems, your doctor may refer you to one now.
Fourth-Line Treatments for Interstitial Cystitis
If lifestyle changes, medications, and the procedures mentioned above aren’t enough, and your symptoms badly affect your quality of life, an urologist may try the fourth line of treatments:
Final Steps in Interstitial Cystitis Treatment
When all else fails, here’s what you could try:
Even if IC treatments don’t work for you, pain management using painkillers, acupuncture, or other methods can keep symptoms at bay.
Consider what Dr. Huntoon has to say below.
Our Experience With Interstitial Cystitis
Early on in Dr. Huntoon's career, he had a number of patients come to him with Interstitial Cystitis. Each one wanted to address the cause of the pain and discomfort in addition to wanting to prevent the IC from coming back. Dr. Huntoon consulted with his mentors and with their guidance, developed a plan to heal and repair the bladder and then restore balance to the person so they could go on with their life and not have to worry about developing Interstitial Cystitis again.
The recommended protocol for Interstitial Cystitis requires an evaluation and a conversation to discuss the specifics involved, what to expect and what to do if you run into problems. You are encouraged to have a Consultation and Examination to determine if you are a candidate for Dr. Huntoon's Interstitial Cystitis Solution. It requires specific nutrients to stop and repair the reason for inflammation while feeding the muscular layer of the bladder. This has always proven effective in everyone of the cases Dr. Huntoon has worked with resolving.
After the inflammation has been eliminated, you will need to discuss your dietary habits, understand the mechanism of your bladder inflammation and develop a life-style change to prevent the IC from coming back. This is vitally important for the successful recovery and prevention of future flare ups.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Dr. Huntoon directly at 845-561-2225. He looks forward to serving you.
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