Interstitial cystitis is a chronic, painful condition that may feel like a urinary tract infection (UTI) but is not caused by an infection. Interstitial cystitis involves inflammation of the bladder lining and swelling of the bladder walls, and the cause is often unknown.
Symptoms of interstitial cystitis may be consistent, or they may come and go over weeks or months. The most common symptoms include:
If you experience any of these symptoms, call your doctor to rule out a urinary tract infection or other possible causes. Once other conditions have been eliminated, our specialists can offer several treatments for interstitial cystitis, including lifestyle changes, physical therapy, medications and pain management procedures, to help you overcome this condition.
At Mercy, we offer comprehensive testing services to diagnose conditions and injuries, including: