At Norton Women’s Care, we treat a wide range of pelvic health issues, including bladder pain. Bladder pain, sometimes known as painful bladder syndrome or interstitial cystitis, is a condition of recurring discomfort in the bladder, urethra or pelvic region. Our experienced staff specializes in helping women address bladder pain and related issues to achieve a better quality of life.
Bladder pain symptoms
Bladder pain symptoms may include:
- Urgent or frequent need to urinate
- Pelvic pressure or pain
- Increased pain as your bladder fills
- Bladder pain that comes and goes
Bladder pain causes
The exact cause of bladder pain often is unknown. In some cases, it may be due to a problem with the inner lining of the bladder. Researchers believe some cases may be caused by the urine itself, or possibly due to a compromised immune system.
Diagnosing bladder pain likely will include a detailed medical history, pelvic exam and urine tests. A cystoscopy (looking inside the bladder with a camera) may be required.
Bladder pain treatment
Because the cause of bladder pain often remains unknown, treatment options are designed to help women manage specific symptoms. Possible treatments include:
- Dietary changes
- Managing fluid intake
- Bladder training
- Physical therapy
- Medication (such as pentosan polysulfate sodium)
- Bladder instillation
- Bladder distention
- Surgical procedures