Millions of Americans suffer from bladder pain without ever knowing what the source of their discomfort is. While there could be multiple causes for your pain, the most common causes are interstitial cystitis, urinary tract infection, kidney stones and bladder cancer. Sometimes, the bladder may not be the source of the pain so several tests or procedures may need to be conducted to rule out different diagnoses.
One of the most common causes as previously stated is interstitial cystitis, which is also referred to as painful bladder syndrome. It is chronic pain that can often be confused with urinary tract infections since you frequently feel the need to urinate repeatedly, ranging from 40-60 times a day. Other symptoms will vary between individuals so it is more difficult to diagnose.
When you visit your doctor, they may request you submit to several tests such as providing a urine sample, cystoscopy, ultrasound, imaging test, or CT scan. Dependent upon what your results are after performing these tests or various others, your doctor may offer several treatments options ranging from medication to bladder distension, nerve stimulation, acupuncture, or surgery. It is best to discuss your treatment options with your doctor.
Changing and monitoring your diet can also help to relieve pain. Watch for what you eat and if it irritates you, write it down so you know to skip that particular type of food. Monitoring your liquid intake can also prove to be helpful. Steer clear of caffeinated beverages as they often act as a diuretic.
While bladder pain often affects more women than men, it does not mean men are exempt. Because bladder pain can be a result of multiple causes, it is best to not ignore or dismiss your pain and make an appointment to see your doctor.