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.