(IC) is a condition resulting in recurring discomfort or pain in the bladder
and the surrounding pelvic region. The symptoms of IC vary from case to case. People may experience mild discomfort, pressure, tenderness, or intense pain
in the bladder and surrounding pelvic area.
Symptoms may include an urgent need to urinate
(urgency), frequent need to urinate (frequency), or a combination of these symptom
s. Pain may change in intensity as the bladder fills with urine or as it empties. IC
is far more common in women
than in men. Of the more than 700,000 Americans estimated to have IC, 90 percent are women. These patients may be unable to work
, unable to have sex
comfortably. Fifty percent are unable to drive in a car comfortably.
IC is often mistaken and misdiagnosed as urinary tract infection
, or simply overlooked. Some women are diagnosed with IC and are subject
ed to painful treatments including the introduction of acid
ic mediums into the bladder in an attempt to regenerate the tissue and make it stronger
. IC may sometimes be caused by a basic pH
problem in the individual - overly acidic urine will cause IC - and can sometimes be handled by self medicating with a base
(calcium carbonate, or common antacid).