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Additional Information on Interstitial Cystitis

Living With Interstitial Cystitis

Living with interstitial cystitis is not easy. Some people find they need help coping with the emotional and practical aspects of their disease. Studies have found that people who learn about interstitial cystitis and become involved in their own healthcare tend to do better than those who do not.
At this point, research scientists conducting interstitial colitis clinical studies have not been able to find a link between diet and interstitial cystitis. However, many people with the condition find that certain foods make their symptoms worse.
(Click Interstitial Cystitis Diet for more information about foods that can affect people with this condition.)

Statistics on the Condition

An estimated 847,000 adults aged 20 or older report having been diagnosed with interstitial cystitis; 90 to 94 percent of affected adults were women.

Interstitial Cystitis Versus Painful Bladder Syndrome

Because interstitial cystitis varies so much in symptoms and severity, most researchers believe that it is not one, but several, diseases. In recent years, scientists have started to use the term painful bladder syndrome (PBS) to describe cases with painful urinary symptoms that may not meet the strictest definition of interstitial cystitis. The term "interstitial cystitis" or "painful bladder syndrome" includes all cases of urinary pain that can't be attributed to other causes, such as a urinary tract infection (UTI) or urinary stones.

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