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Interstitial Cystitis (Painful Bladder)


Here's a common picture of interstitial cystitis:

Severe bladder pain. Going to the toilet frequently - sometimes more than hourly. You rush there to get rid of the awful pain. Nothing seems to relieve the pain - except going to the toilet, for a little while. The bladder controls your life.

Bladder Pain Syndrome (BPS), Painful Bladder Syndrome (PBS)), and Interstitial Cystitis (IC), are all pretty much the same thing. (If you're a stickler for detail, click here for the differences).

(A word of caution: there are many different causes of bladder pain. To read more about causes of bladder pain, click here. But don't sto p there! There's a few more causes - to find out the rest, click here.)

They are NOT in any way related to a urinary tract infection (UTI), and do not have a simple, ''one-size-fits-all'' treatment.

Non-medical treatments are extremely important. In my experience, a combination of the following works best:

  • Specific pelvic floor manual therapy (specialised massage-like techniques)
  • Nutritional medicine to address the underlying problems in the system that are promoting the symptoms.

Suffering with such a problem on your own is bad enough - to see someone for treatment for something so personal can be daunting.

Click here to read about how treatment at Equilibria is a lot less daunting than you think.

Suspecting this might be what you've got?
Click here to do a quick quiz to work out how likely it is you have Interstitial Cystitis (Bladder Pain Syndrome).

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