Cystitis recurring, Interstitial Cystitis and painful bladder syndrome
Cystitis (Recurrent) ,Interstitial Cystitis and Painful Bladder Syndrome
Interstitial Cystitis (IC) or Painful Bladder Syndrome
Interstitial cystitis affects 500,000 people in the UK, who are told that there is no cure for it and that they must live with it.
Patients have often been on an exhausting route visiting GPs, urologists and gynaecologists.
What is Interstitial Cystitis (IC)?
Interstitial cystitis is a very uncomfortable and stressful disorder, which is characterized by chronic urinary urgency (feeling the need to urinate immediately) and frequency (frequent urination) with or without pelvic pain. Symptoms of interstitial cystitis may vary among individuals and may even vary with time in the same individual. Many people have to live life around their bladder because of the unpleasant symptoms. The term "cystitis" refers to any inflammation of the bladder. In contrast to bacterial cystitis, which results from an infection in the bladder, no infectious organism has been identified in people with interstitial cystitis. Interstitial cystitis is diagnosed when the symptoms occur without evidence for another cause of the symptoms.
Although many theories have been put forward, the cause of IC is unknown. The theories for the cause of IC include the following:
• Autoimmune: An autoimmune response is a physical response in which cells and antibodies of a person's body are directed against that person's own tissues. An autoimmune response to a bladder infection destroys the lining of the bladder wall. An unexplained association of IC has been found to exist with other autoimmune diseases.
• Hereditary: Studies of mothers, daughters, and twins who have IC suggest a hereditary risk factor. However, no gene has yet been implicated as a cause of IC.
• Mast cell abnormalities: In some people with IC, special white blood cells called mast cells (associated with inflammation) are found in the bladder lining. Mast cells release histamine and other chemicals that cause inflammation of the bladder.
• Defect in bladder epithelium: The bladder has a specialized natural lining called the epithelium. The epithelium is protected from toxins in the urine by a layer of protein called glycosaminoglycan. In people with IC, this protective layer breaks down, allowing toxins to irritate the bladder wall and cause inflammation of the bladder.
• Neurogenic: The nerves that carry bladder sensations are inflamed, so pain is caused by events that are not normally painful (such as filling of the bladder).
• Infectious: Although no causative infective agent has been found in the urine of people with IC, an unidentified infectious agent may be the cause.
Symptoms of IC/PBS
The symptoms of IC/PBS vary greatly from one person to another but have some similarities to those of urinary tract infection. They include
- decreased bladder capacity resulting in frequent urination of smaller amounts of urine day and night, referred to as urinary frequency;
- a strong, urgent need to urinate when the need to urinate arises, referred to as urinary urgency;
- eelings of pressure, pain, and tenderness around the bladder, pelvis, and perineum (the area between the anus and vagina or anus and scrotum) which may increase as the bladder fills and decrease as it empties;
- painful sexual intercourse (dyspareunia); and
- discomfort or pain in the penis and scrotum.
Certain chronic illnesses have been described as occurring more frequently in people with interstitial cystitis than in the general population:
Systemic lupus erythematosus (Lupus or SLE)
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Vulvodynia (chronic discomfort in the vulvar area)
Interstitial cystitis has been classified into two forms, ulcerative and non-ulcerative, depending on the presence or absence of ulcerations in the bladder lining. Star-shaped ulcerations in the bladder wall are known as Hunner's ulcers. The ulcerative (classic type) of interstitial cystitis is found in less than 10% of cases. Scarring and stiffening of the bladder wall may occur as a result of the long term inflammation, leading to a decrease in bladder capacity. Areas of pinpoint bleeding may be seen on the bladder wall.
The Orthodox Approach
Your physician will take a urine sample to check for infection, which can be treated with a short course of antibiotics. But patients who suffer constantly recurring symptoms without an infection may be advised to seek alternative treatment.
The Health Transformer Approach
In every case of Interstitial cystitis there is an underlying cause…something individual to each person. If at one time you didn’t have these symptoms and now you do, obviously something has changed within your body which has led to cystitis being produced. Interstitial Cystitis is merely a symptom of the underlying cause. To heal cystitis we need to address the root cause. In this centre we specialize in root cause diagnosis of any health condition using our state of the art Meta Health Scan.
The Meta Health Scan is carried out utilizing the amazing diagnostic ability of Clinical Kinesiology. It is reliable, accurate and reproducible. The scan will reveal the imbalances unique to your body, and how these are affecting you. The scan reveals such issues as endogenous bio-toxicity, nutrient imbalances or deficiencies, sub-clinical infections, allergies and food sensitivities. We also test for organ imbalances, hormone imbalance, and leaky gut. Any abnormality in these areas will easily be picked up during the Health Scan. We also examine your entire lifestyle, sleep quality and any emotional/psychological contributors to your condition.
5 Step Protocol
1. Detect (In-Depth Evaluation & Advanced Testing)
2. Detox (Heavy Metals, Chemicals, Hydrocarbons, Bleaches, EMF)
3. Eliminate (Pathogens…virus, post virus, bacteria, parasites, fungi)
4. Rebuild (Tissues & Pathways)
5. Rebalance organs (kidneys, liver, etc.)
The 5 Steps to Restoring Health Protocol had been developed following many years of research and experience and utilizes food, nutritional supplements, herbal and energetic formula
In-Depth Consultation regarding your results.
Once this information is gathered we offer you an in-depth consultation to discuss your results, during which we discuss what has been revealed by the scan, where and how this has arisen, and how to remove or transform it, and reboot your system. I believe it is very important for each person to understand what has been going on in their body, how the condition has developed, and how to unravel and resolve it naturally. My intention is not just to teach you about your condition, but more importantly to empower you with understanding in order that you are able to take back control of your health.
Individually tailored Treatment Plan
Together we create an individualized tailored treatment plan for you. This may include some or all of there: a gentle detoxification protocol, dietary changes, specific supplements, life style changes, exercise, etc tailored to your specific needs. In the majority of cases treatment can be implemented by you at home without the need for repeated visits to the centre; however Health Coaching and support is built in to this package to assist you through your treatment.
When your urine is too acidic, it will erode the interstitial or GAG lining of your bladder, eventually attacking the walls of your defenseless bladder. This lining can deteriorate to the point of being ulcerated, making it super-sensitive to any acids.
Our modern, convenience ruled diet is way too acidic. Our natural Ph (acid-alkaline) should be slightly alkaline, but due to eating outrageous amounts of bad food, our Ph is way out of whack in the acid level. And our bladders are in protest, world wide, making doctors rich with our endless visits and procedures that can be easily cured at home.
Home Remedies for Interstitial Cystitis
Once on the prescribed treatment, some clients choose to support their system with other therapies toastiest healing. This is not essential but will speed up your progress. These include Physiotherapy, Functional Nutritional Therapy, TCM Acupuncture, Aromatherapy Essential Olis, EFT, Hypnotherapy, Cranio-Scacral therapy, Reiki, and NLP coaching…all of which are on offer at this centre.
I am delighted to be able to report that the results our client’s achieve with this approach are outstanding and lasting in the vast majority of cases.
In Chinese medicine both cystitis and thrush are commonly diagnosed as a damp heat syndrome. All the lower abdominal organs are prone to damp heat – the heat is the painful, burning urine that is a feature of cystitis and in the inflammation of the genital area that often accompanies thrush. Acupuncture treatment concentrates on the urine and spleen channels and herbal medicine may also be given. Acute symptoms of cystitis and thrush may subside after one treatment, although more will probably be needed, particularly if the condition has been recurring over a long period.