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Interstitial Cystitis vs. Adhesions

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interstitial cystitis vs adhesionsI have terrible pelvic pain. My doctor says it is either IC or adhesions from my prior endometriosis and hysterectomy. How do I know which one it is?


IC stands for Interstitial Cystitis, which is also known as painful bladder syndrome. Symptoms of IC include intense pelvic pain, a persistent urgent need to urinate, many small urinations throughout the day and night, and pain during intercourse.

Adhesions occur when internal scar tissue forms in such a way that it connects organs and tissues together where they are not supposed to be connected. Adhesions usually form after open abdominal or pelvic surgeries and other internal injuries that trigger the healing process. Adhesions can cause chronic sharp pain, infertility, and dysfunction. Treatments include soft tissue massage (the Wurn Technique) and surgical correction. Surgical correction carries the risk of further adhesions forming afterwards, so physicians are generally cautious about recommending it.

The primary clue that your pain is more likely IC than adhesions would be very frequent urination with a constant strong urge to go. If that symptom is absent, your pain is more likely to be adhesions.

If you have not done so already, make follow-up appointments with both a gynecologist and a urologist to explore and/or rule out both possibilities as well as others that may mimic the symptoms of IC or adhesions.


This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

08-06-2011 - 05:12 AM


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