When An Inflamed Bladder Is A Problem
An inflamed bladder is one of those conditions where one of many possible causes is involved, and the exact cause may be difficult or impossible to pinpoint. At times the cause is the direct result of a disorder within the bladder itself, at other times an inflamed bladder is the result of a disorder in another organ. To make things even more difficult, most symptoms are not unique to an inflamed bladder, so an incorrect diagnosis is always a possibility.
Interstitial Cystitis - An inflamed bladder can cause pain or a feeling of pressure in the pelvic region. This pain can come and go or it can become steady, and even chronic. The inflammation can cause pain during sexual intercourse, and can also upset one's urination pattern, either causing frequent urgent needs to urinate, pain during urination, or both. The medical term for an inflamed bladder is interstitial cystitis. It occurs far more frequently in women than it does in men, and relatively rarely in children. While a person can experience and inflamed bladder at any age, in the majority of instances, people in their 30s and 40s tend to be the most often affected.
Numerous Causes - While there are other disorders which may cause the same symptoms as bladder infection, blood tests and urine analysis can often determined if an infection is indeed present. If this is the case, an antibiotic will often clear up the problem. A cystoscopy, in which the interior of the bladder is examined by inserting a tube and camera into the urinary tract, can sometimes determine if there is something causing the inflammation other than an infection. A prostrate condition, an enlarged prostrate being most common, can cause irritation and an inflamed bladder. A more serious situation of course would be prostate cancer, or a cancer in any tissue or organ near the bladder or associated with its function.
The presence of bladder stones can also cause inflammation, and auto immune disorders can as well, though this may be difficult to diagnose. Any abnormality in the kidneys or the urinary tract can be behind a case of bladder inflammation. Women sometimes experience what is called honeymoon bladder, where initial sexual activity, or an increase in the frequency of sexual activity can cause a urinary tract infection.
No Single Medication Is Guaranteed To Work - Unless the inflamed bladder is the result of a bacterial infection (an e.coli bacterial infection is one of the most common), it can be difficult to determine what kinds of medication may best serve to counteract the problem. There is no single medication guaranteed to cure an inflamed bladder, in fact while there are some medications that appear to work, it isn't always understood why they do. Like both causes and symptoms of bladder irritation, the treatment is also often a rather grey area. Ibuprofen often appears to work as well as anything, at least in relieving the symptoms if not necessarily curing the disorder. There are several types of medication which, instead of being taken orally, are injected directly into the bladder, and after a time expelled naturally through urination. Surgery is rarely called for, unless a specific problem with the bladder demands it, and an inflamed bladder is rarely something that surgery can effectively address.
Diet - Occasionally bladder inflammation is diet related, and can be reduced or eliminated by eliminating certain foods from the diet. This of course can be a time consuming process, as it needs to be determined which foods can trigger inflammation or irritation. Food containing mono sodium glutamate, caffeine, concentrated fruit juices, and potassium-rich foods are often the culprits.
Summary – An infection is one of the more common causes of an inflamed bladder, and when properly diagnosed, usually leads to easy and effective treatment. Where diet is the problem, dietary change can be effective but can take time to implement. Treatment of other causes depends of course on the cause itself, and whether or not it has been properly diagnosed.