Surgery and Other Options for Interstitial Cystitis
Many people feel that smoking makes their interstitial cystitis symptoms worse. How the by-products of tobacco that are excreted in the urine affect interstitial cystitis is unknown. Smoking, however, is the major known cause of bladder cancer. Therefore, one of the best things smokers can do for their bladder and their overall health is to quit.
Many people feel that gentle stretching exercises help relieve the symptoms of interstitial cystitis.
People who have found adequate relief from pain may be able to reduce frequency by using bladder training techniques. Methods vary, but basically patients decide to void (empty their bladder) at designated times and use relaxation techniques and distractions to keep to the schedule. Gradually, patients try to lengthen the time between scheduled voids. A diary in which to record voiding times is usually helpful in keeping track of progress.
Surgery is considered a treatment of last resort, as it does not necessarily improve symptoms.
(Click Interstitial Cystitis Surgery for more information on this treatment option.)