What are the common symptoms of cystitis?
The main symptoms of cystitis include:
- pain, burning or stinging when you pee.
- needing to pee more often and urgently than normal.
- urine that’s dark, cloudy or strong smelling.
- pain low down in your tummy.
- feeling generally unwell, achy, sick and tired.
What can mimic cystitis?
The clinical presentation of interstitial cystitis is similar to that of many other conditions commonly seen in female patients, including recurrent urinary tract infections, endometriosis, chronic pelvic pain, vulvodynia, and overactive bladder.
What signs and symptoms would you expect to see with interstitial cystitis?
Interstitial cystitis signs and symptoms include:
- Pain in your pelvis or between the vagina and anus in women.
- Pain between the scrotum and anus (perineum) in men.
- Chronic pelvic pain.
- A persistent, urgent need to urinate.
- Frequent urination, often of small amounts, throughout the day and night (up to 60 times a day)
What is the most common cause of cystitis and what are some symptoms?
A urinary tract infection (UTI) is the most common cause of cystitis. When you have one, bacteria in your bladder cause it to swell and get irritated, which leads to symptoms like the urge to pee more often than normal. Women tend to get cystitis much more than men do.
How can you tell the difference between UTI and Interstitial Cystitis?
The Difference Between a UTI and IC “In women who have interstitial cystitis, urine culture results will be negative, meaning that no bacteria are found in the urine as with a urinary tract infection.” With IC, women may also experience pain during sexual intercourse, another symptom not commonly associated with a UTI.
How can you tell the difference between a UTI and cystitis?
If the infection stays in the urethra, it’s considered urethritis. The urethra is a tube that allows the body to expel urine and is connected to the bladder. If the infection occurs in the lower urinary tract and bladder, it’s considered cystitis.
How do you detect cystitis?
There are a few different ways to diagnose cystitis. Your doctor may ask for a urine sample to determine the cause of your cystitis and check for a UTI. Your doctor may also perform cystoscopy, or an imaging test to determine the cause of your symptoms.
Will cystitis go away without antibiotics?
Even without antibiotics, uncomplicated cystitis goes away in about 30 to 50 out of 100 women within one week. So women who have uncomplicated cystitis won’t risk anything by not taking antibiotics at first because this isn’t expected to have any disadvantages.