You might know it as painful bladder syndrome or a hypersensitive bladder, but under its official title, interstitial cystitis (IC) is a chronic inflammation that causes bladder pain and discomfort. The pain is known to range from mild discomfort to severe.
“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,” said Nicole Cozean and Jesse Cozean, authors of The Interstitial Cystitis Solution. The exact cause of interstitial cystitis isn’t known, but it’s likely that several factors that contribute to it. If you are experiencing any of these 12 signs, it is probable you have interstitial cystitis.
12. You Visit the Bathroom More Than 7 Times a Day
The average adult pees between six to seven times a day depending on the water intake of an individual, but more than that could be a sign of a bladder problem. “Patients with this syndrome 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,'” said the Cozeans. There is no need to make excuses for a medical condition you think you might have–95 percent of people with IC often look for restrooms.
11. Your Pants Are Uncomfortable
The authors mentioned that every IC patient surveyed described pain above the bladder, just a few inches below the belly button. The pain may become worse as the bladder gets full, which could explain why you feel the need to go to the restroom so often. In other words, an empty bladder means less pain. “In some cases, the region can be so tender that even waistband pressure can be unbearable,” said the authors.