Dietary Change May Relieve Bladder Pain

A new patient presents with severe pelvic pain and a frequent need to urinate. After a complete exam, the physician’s diagnosis is interstitial cystitis. He prescribes an anesthetic suppository and suggests the patient lay off the pizza. Are the physician’s diagnosis and recommendations on track?

According to a Medical News Today report, researchers from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine say they are. A study published in the September issue of Nature Clinical Practice Urology shows spicy and highly acidic foods can cause more than just acid reflux. For women with interstitial cystitis or painful bladder syndrome, they can cause symptoms to flare and pain to intensify.

Researchers believe this is because the bladder, colon and prostate nerves are bunched together and connected to the same region of the spinal cord. Therefore, findings suggest, treating bladder pain associated with interstitial cystitis through the rectum is just as effective as injecting anesthetic directly into the bladder—the standard method of pain management—and less invasive.

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3 Responses to “Dietary Change May Relieve Bladder Pain”

  1. Jackie Ramsey says:

    As an interstitial cystitis sufferer, I can attest to the affect that foods have on the condition.

    There are some wonderful online support groups that offer great diet assistance.

  2. arlene says:

    need IC DIET foods to avoid
    thanks
    ajb

  3. Tabitha says:

    no acidic foods like tomatoes, no caffeine, chocolate, coffee, tea, nothing with artificial flavors or colors, there are several IC diets on the internet…diet does make a big difference…there are very specific foods listed on these diets but everyone is different and can tolerate different foods…just remember acid in food is really bad for IC patients..I only drink water and milk now. Fresh foods that are homemade are best. I have lost 30 pounds just following the IC diet.

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