Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome
Interstitial Cystitis, also known as Painful Bladder Syndrome, is a bladder condition that results in recurring discomfort or pain in the bladder or surrounding pelvic region. People with IC often feel like they have a bladder infection without actually testing positive for a bacterial infection. Common symptoms are pelvic pain, pressure or discomfort, urgency and frequency. Both frequency and severity of symptoms vary person to person. It has been estimated that 4 million + people live with PBS. In IC/PBS, the bladder wall may be irritated and become scarred or stiff. Glomerulations— pinpoint bleeding—often appear on the bladder wall. Hunner’s ulcers—patches of broken skin found on the bladder wall—are present in 10 percent of people with IC.