- Do you experience chronic pelvic pain (CPP)?
- Frequent or urgent urination?
- Frequent urination at night?
- Pain during intercourse?
- Do you also have a diagnosis of Endometriosis or IBS?
- History of frequent urinary tract infections?
These are all common symptoms and associations with interstitial cystitis (IC). Below you will find a short questionnaire which will measure the symptoms associated with IC, based on pain, urgency and frequency of urination. Complete all of the questions and then take it to your doctor.
- Patient Assessment Questionaire
IC is a chronic condition of the bladder that's characterized by urinary frequency, urgency and pelvic pain.
Some or all of these symptoms may be present:
You may have frequent, sometimes painful, urination. (Normally, people urinate an average of 6 to 7 times per day. Patients with IC urinate an average of 16 times per day, and some urinate as often as 60 times per day.) You wake up one or more times at night to urinate. In early or very mild cases, frequency is sometimes the only symptom.
The sensation of having to urinate immediately, which may also be accompanied by pain, pressure or spasms. You may feel the urge to urinate, sometimes even after you've emptied your bladder.
You may feel unexplained pain or pressure in the urethra, the vagina, the area above the pubic bone, the inside of the thighs, the lower abdomen, the lower back, the groin area, or any combination of these areas.
You may also experience pain during or after sexual intercourse.
While UTI's are prevalent, recurrent UTI's could be a sign of IC. Consider this and IC symptom especially when you may have unresolved symptoms of a urinary tract infection (UTI) that have not responded to antibiotic therapy.
Another subtle indication of IC is when your symptoms may come and go- these flare-ups may be associated with menstruation, certain foods, allergies and stress.
Blue Ridge Gyn & Wellness
541 Sunset Lane
Culpeper, VA 22701
Phone: (540) 825-4557