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Oh no, not again! You feel like youâ€™ve got to pee again but nothing comes out and when it does, you wish it would just stop. The pain and the burning sensation are just too much! And you wish that there’s something that can be done about itâ€¦fast!
Youâ€™ve consulted your doctor about it and been on and off antibiotics, but even that doesn’t seem to help a bit. You’ve undergone all the required tests and your doctor still can’t find any bladder infections. So, what else could it be?
Even though I am not a doctor, I can safely assume that based on these symptoms, what you’re having is a case of interstitial cystitis or IC.
Interstitial cystitis? What is it? In general terms, IC is an inflammation of the walls of the bladder. It exhibits all the symptoms of a bladder infection minus the bacteria. Among the most common symptoms associated with this disorder are frequent (as often as every 10 minutes) and painful urination, and a sense of urgency in urinating. IC is also referred to by some people as painful bladder syndrome or PBS.
Despite the advances in medical science and technology, the underlying cause, the cure and the reason why IC affects women 90% of the time, are not yet known. Many of the treatments for IC or PBS are still in the experimental stages and they are only geared towards the reduction of the swelling and pain associated with the disorder. Sadly, however, all these treatments for IC have side effects.
But, as always, there is the other side of the coin. You can always choose to try something more natural than the conventional drugs and bladder washes formulated to treat the symptoms of IC. Do you want to know one natural treatment that many women found extremely helpful when dealing with this condition? It’s omega 3 fatty acids!
Omega 3 doesn’t claim to be the cure for this discomforting condition but it was proven time and again to decrease the pain and inflammation in the bladder. And it does so without the harmful side effects of most IC treatments! Now, isn’t that worth something?