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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I have been diagnosed with interstitial cystitis. Could you explain the condition? Is there any hope for complete recovery?
Cystitis is the medical term for inflammation of the bladder. Most of the time, the inflammation is caused by a bacterial infection. But interstitial cystitis, also called painful bladder syndrome, is different. It is a disease that causes pressure or pain in the bladder and pelvis that is associated with trying to hold urine. Symptoms can range from mild burning or discomfort to severe pain and a persistent, urgent need to urinate. People with severe interstitial cystitis may urinate as often as 60 times a day. Interstitial cystitis is a chronic condition that can be very difficult to treat. Currently, there’s no known cure. More…