Oct. 31 is Interstitial Cystitis Awareness Day
A lot of people with fibromyalgia (FMS) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS or ME/CFS) develop bladder pain and other bladder-related symptoms that can be severe. These symptoms, though, are NOT related to FMS and ME/CFS -- at least not directly.
A condition called interstitial cystitis (IC) is a common overlapping condition for us. It can cause abdominal or pelvic pain, and it can mimic a urinary tract infection. In fact, it's so frequently misdiagnosed that most people have IC for about 4 years before they're diagnosed correctly.
If you develop bladder pain or other urinary problems, it could be a good idea to bring up IC with your doctor. To learn more about IC, the symptoms, and how it's diagnosed and treated, read:
Do you have IC? What symptoms have been worst for you? How long did it take to get a diagnosis? Leave your comments below so we can all learn from them!
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