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Interstitial Cystitis

Also called painful bladder syndrome, interstitial cystitis is a condition that affects the bladder. This will often cause painful bladder syndrome. The condition will cause bladder pressure, bladder pain and sometimes pelvic pain. The pain ranges from mild discomfort to severe.

The bladder is a hollow, muscular organ that stores urine. It stores urine until it is full. It will then signal the brain, through the pelvic nerves, that it’s time to urinate. This will create the urge to urinate.
In interstitial cystitis, the signal is muddled or interchanges. This will result in the urge of wanting to urinate often but with smaller volumes of urine than most people. The condition will commonly affect women and can greatly affect the way of life. Treatment may include therapies as well as medication. But there is no cure.


Not everyone diagnosed with interstitial cystitis will have the same symptoms. It can vary from one individual to the other. An individual with the said condition may have symptoms that can vary over time, with triggers and flare-ups such as menstruation, or sit for a long time, stress exercise and sexual activity.

Signs and symptom include but not limited to:

  • Pain felt in the pelvis
  • Pain in the perennial area or the area between the vagina and anus
  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Persistent, urgent need to urinate
  • Small and frequent urination usually of small amount, throughout the day and night
  • Feeling of pain or discomfort while the bladder fills and relief after urinating
  • Pain felt during sexual intercourse


There is no specific cause of interstitial cystitis. But there are many factors that can contribute to its development. As an example, individuals with the condition may have a defect in the epithelium or protective lining of the bladder. If there is a leakage in the epithelium, it may allow toxic substances in the urine to irritate your bladder wall.

Other cause can be attributed to a reaction, family history, infection or allergy.

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If you think you are suffering from Interstitial Cystitis you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Interstitial Cystitis as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).