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The Urology Specialists of Maryland at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore cover a broad range of urologic conditions. Our urologists specialize in diagnosing and treating common and complex disorders, including interstitial cystitis, also known as painful bladder syndrome.
Interstitial cystitis, or painful bladder syndrome, is a chronic condition that causes pressure or pain in the bladder. Pain can range from uncomfortable burning to severe pain. While the condition can affect both men and children, it is most commonly found in women.
Over time, painful bladder syndrome can become permanent, leading the bladder to hold less urine and requiring frequent bathroom trips. Frequent urination can affect sexual relations with partners, result in sleep deprivation and contribute to emotional distress.
Painful bladder syndrome symptoms vary by person and fluctuate over time. Symptoms can include:
These symptoms are similar to those of other conditions like urinary tract infection and urinary incontinence, and patients often experience both pain and urinary discomfort with this illness.
The first step in diagnosing interstitial cystitis is a medical exam. Patients can aid the process by keeping a bladder diary prior to a doctor’s appointment which records liquid intake and how often and how much urine is passed on each visit to the bathroom. Additional diagnostic tools include:
Just as symptoms for painful bladder syndrome vary, so do treatments. Treatment options can include:
Patients may have to experience several treatments before they find the one that works for them. Sometimes, at-home treatments like dietary changes, bladder training, pelvic floor exercises or stress reduction techniques aid in reducing symptoms of painful bladder syndrome.
The Urology Specialists of Maryland at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore is recognized throughout the Mid-Atlantic region for its comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of urological diseases and conditions. Mercy's urologists treat a broad range of urological disorders including prostate cancer, bladder cancer, kidney cancer, kidney stones, interstitial cystitis and urinary incontinence. Our doctors utilize state-of-the-art treatment options including brachytherapy, cryotherapy and non-invasive lithotripsy, among others.
Dr. Ira Hantman helps patients with urology problems including bladder cancer, prostate cancer, kidney stones, urinary incontinence and kidney cancer.
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