What is interstitial cystitis?
“Experts have argued over the exact language and terminology for IC for almost 150 years, which means there’s still a lot of confusion for patients and practitioners,” the authors write in The Interstitial Cystitis Solution. Also known as terms such as painful bladder syndrome and hypersensitive bladder, interstitial cystitis is chronic inflammation that causes bladder pain and discomfort without an identifiable source. Ask a medical expert if you think you might have the condition. Here are 13 secrets your bladder wishes it could tell you.
You have more than 7 bathroom visits
The average adult pees between four and six times a day. More than that could be a sign of a bladder problem. “Patients with this symptom may be tempted to rationalize it away with excuses such as, ‘I drink a lot of water,’ ‘I’m going just in case,’ or ‘I must have a small bladder,’” the Cozeans write. Don’t make justifications if you think you might have a medical issue—95 percent of people with IC find themselves looking for a restroom more often. Find out what else your urine reveals about your health.