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Information on Interstitial Cystitis


Interstitial cystitis is a chronic, and often severe, inflammation and/or injury to the bladder wall. Primary symptoms are urinary frequency, urgency, and, for some, severe lower abdominal or perineal pain.

The average age of onset for IC is 40 years, with 25% of patients under the age of 30. Up to 50% of patients experience spontaneous remissions probably unrelated to treatment, with a duration ranging from 1 to 80 months.

People with interstitial cystitis may have the following symptoms:

* An urgent need to urinate, both in the daytime and during the night

* Pressure, pain and tenderness around the bladder, pelvis and perineum (the area between the anus and vagina or the anus and the scrotum). This pain and pressure may increase as the bladder fills and decrease as it empties in urination.

* A bladder that won't hold as much urine as it did before

* Pain during sexual intercourse

* In men, discomfort or pain in the penis or scrotum


Infection with low levels of bacteria

Epithelial Permeability - Leaks caused by a defect in the epithelial permeability barrier of the bladder surface GAG layer, leading to irritative components of urine penetrating into the more sensitive layers of the bladder wall.

Mast cells that release histamine in a process called degranulation, which can cause localized pain and irritation.

In many women, the symptoms get worse before their menstrual period. Stress may also make the symptoms worse, but it doesn't cause them.

PBS/IC is often comorbid with allergies, endometriosis, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome and panic syndrome, all of which are worsened by stress.

Conventional Labs

Unfortunately, there is no definitive diagnostic test for interstitial cystitis.

Urinalysis is routinely recommended to rule out other diagnosis.

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What's your next step?

The next step, after you have been diagnosed with a disease, is to find out what is the specific cause, and then choose supplements that address it. Phone consults are my specialty. Please call my at (239) 659-2684 to schedule a consultation.

The choice is yours

I recommend that you make an informed choice, and the goal of this web site is to provide you with the information to make a wise choice when it comes to your health and wellness.

As you can see, I don't sell any vitamins on this web site. There are thousands of vitamin stores that will sell you whatever vitamin you want, and many of them offer discounts.

If you are interested in some high-quality basic nutritional supplements, I recommend visiting the Store You will find my recommendations for a multiple, tasty chewable fiber wafers, high-potency probiotics, and fish oils.

Good luck in your journey towards health and wellness!!

Why don't you tell me what vitamins to take for this disease?

Unfortunately, that would be a clear violation of FDA regulations. Also, one of the most important aspect of naturopathy is: "Treat the person, not the disease". This is a profound statement, and many people have spent thousands of dollars on vitamins listed in books or web sites for a specific disease. This is what I call "vending machine medicine". It rarely works! The solution is to find a naturopathic physician, such as myself, to assist you.


Ronald Steriti, ND, PhD
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