Painful Bladder Syndrome is Poorly Understood

Most women who have had chronic pain when they urinated were probably treated for a urinary tract infection, and perhaps even two or three, before it was clear that they have probably something else going on. Have you been having pain with urination, but no blood in your urine, and no vaginal discharge, perhaps even some pain with sex? Has your gyno thought that you have interstitial cystitis (IC?). You might, but you may also just have what has now been called the painful bladder syndrome. It has been known that too many bladder infections over time will irritate the bladder, and that sensitivity to certain acid foods, and it has been recognized that even medications can cause painful bladder syndrome, but did you know that just falling on your tailbone can cause this too?  So gynos now ask just how quickly did this pain come on? Most women say that the symptoms of painful bladder syndrome came on gradually. It's important to try to arrive at a diagnosis, it may take x rays, or a pelvic ultrasound, or other tests to say that you do not have other conditions, as unfortunately painful bladder syndrome is not well understood and it sometimes is a diagnosis of exclusion. 


  1. Nice blog. Thanks for shraing with us. Bladder pain syndrome (BPS), also known as Interstitial cystitis (IC), painful bladder syndrome (PBS) or hypersensitive bladder syndrome (HBS), is a condition that results in "an unpleasant sensation (pain, pressure, discomfort) perceived to be related to the urinary bladder, associated with lower urinary tract symptoms of more than 6 weeks duration, in the absence of infection or other identifiable causes."


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