Painful bladder conditions are common and Interstitial Cystitis (IC) is one of the main causes. People with Painful Bladder Syndrome or IC suffer pain when the bladder is full and/or have to urinate frequently. The cause is unknown and diagnosis may take several visits to doctors and is predominately based around excluding other possible causes for the symptoms like and infection as there is no conclusive test to prove someone has interstitial cystitis.
Nine out of ten sufferers of painful bladder are women. It can develop at any age, with the onset for most patients around the age of 40 years.
Painful Bladder Syndrome and Interstitial Cystitis are chronic, debilitating syndromes and people respond variably to treatment. There is no cure, but patients may achieve long remissions with a comprehensive investigation and management plan as used by the specialists at the Australian Centre for Bladder and Bowel Incontinence.