Interstitial Cystitis is a condition where the lining of the bladder becomes irritated and damaged, causing spasms. These spasms usually cause pain, frequency, and urgency although some ladies will experience some symptoms worse than others. Let’s talk a little bit about what it’s like to actually have this condition.
Ladies who have Interstitial Cystitis tend to always be thinking about their bladder and the restroom. They know where the nearest bathroom is, they know where the “good” bathrooms are, they can probably tell you which ones require a key and which are open to the public (funny, but true!). With constant concern regarding drinking fluids and using the bathroom, these ladies wonder, “Did I drink too many fluids today?” “If I have this drink before bed, will I be getting up every hour tonight?” It can oftentimes feel like a game– “If I drink a cup of water now, can I make it 90 minutes until intermission?” She might even change where she parks her car based on proximity to a restroom.
Someone without Interstitial Cystitis uses the bathroom four or five times per day. And usually they only think about the restroom when they need to go. They feel the urge coming on, they empty their bladder, and they’re good for a while. Unfortunately, ladies with Interstitial Cystitis oftentimes feel like they’re planning their day around trips to the bathroom or planning their route around town based on available bathrooms. She might think, “I have a few errands to run, so I’ll space out the ones with bathrooms just in case.” She may feel like she can’t be spontaneous– going to the movies or taking a drive could be a headache if she had just consumed a cup of coffee.
If the examples in this blog sound familiar, call our office and schedule a consultation. We would love to help.