Women's Excellence in Bladder Control: A Specialty Center Providing Unique Expert Advice on Painful Bladder Symptoms

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The symptoms of Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome (IC/PBS) are not much different than those of a urinary tract infection. Patients usually experience urinary frequency, urgency, and in a lot of cases pain.

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Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome can also come on suddenly but more often seems to get worse and worse despite an antibiotic therapy and becomes chronic.

Women who suffer from chronic urinary tract infections (UTIs) might actually be suffering from from a non-bacterial, chronic inflammatory condition of the bladder called Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome (IC/PBS). The symptoms of UTI and IC/PBS are very similar and the conditions must be differentiated, because the treatments are vastly different.

Urinary Tract Infections usually present suddenly and clear up without complication with a typical 7 day course of antibiotics. Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome is not caused by bacteria. Instead, it is a chronic condition of inflammation of the bladder, likely caused by a permeable or "leaky" bladder lining.

“Urinary frequency” is defined as 8 or more voids during daytime hours. “Urinary urgency” is that “gotta go right now” feeling sometimes resulting in “Urge Incontinence” or the uncontrollable loss of urine due to intense urgency. Urinary pain is typically described as “burning” with urination. Sometimes abdominal pain will be present as well. All these symptoms are characteristic of both UTI and IC/PBS. So how is one problem differentiated from the other?

According to Debbie Henry, a certified nurse practitioner at Women’s Excellence in Bladder Control, “A urinary tract infection will usually come on suddenly. There will usually be some burning with urination called dysuria. When the urine is tested, it may have leukocytes which are white blood cells indicating the presence of infection, blood, and nitrites. A urine culture will show that bacteria is causing the infection at which point an appropriate antibiotic could be prescribed and symptoms usually disappear within a few days of therapy”.

She continues, “Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome can also come on suddenly, but more often seems to get worse and worse despite an antibiotic therapy and becomes chronic”. Treatment for IC/PBS is much more intensive than that for UTI and routinely includes changes in diet, lifestyle, oral medications, and bladder instillations.

The practitioners at Women’s Excellence in Bladder Control have a comprehensive treatment program to treat IC/PBS and have had great success. There many testimonials of patients who have gone from suffering and then on with their life, after treatment at the center. These testamonials can be read on their website and speak to the success of the center.

Ms.Henry concluded, “IC/PBS is a chronic inflammatory condition of the bladder that cannot be cured, however it can be controlled very much like asthma or diabetes which is chronic and not curable yet can be controlled with treatment. With proper treatment IC/PBS does not need impact your quality of life”.

Women suffering from chronic UTI's or urinary pain without the presence of bacteria, could have IC/PBS. Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome does not have to impact the quality life of women. Women’s Excellence in Bladder Control can help women suffering with IC/PBS. Don't wait another day for relief. Call for an appointment today or visit their website http://www.centerofbladdercontrol.com to see what they can do for you.

Founded by Dr. Jonathan Zaidan, Women’s Excellence is the most comprehensive obstetric and gynecologic office in Michigan specializing in minimally invasive surgical procedures, treatment of female urinary incontinence and other female urological conditions, as well as minimally invasive vaginal and pelvic organ prolapse conditions. The knowledgeable, well trained, compassionate physicians and healthcare providers of Women’s Excellence are accepting new patients everyday and accept most insurances.

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Jonathan Zaidan, MD, FACOG

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