Bladder Pain

More commonly affecting women, the symptoms of bladder pain can be extremely debilitating. Causes are varied, and it should never be ignored.

As well as severe pain, frequent urination and urge incontinence can add to the disruption caused by this condition. Emptying the bladder every 30 to 60 minutes – day and night -  is a tactic used by some sufferers as a means of reducing pain. However, poor sleep and tiredness further reduce resilience and the ability to cope.

Bladder pain might be caused by a urinary tract infection, a bladder obstruction, an overactive bladder or bladder cancer, but more typical is a condition called Interstitial Cystitis (IC), also known as Painful Bladder Syndrome (PBS).

PBS affects about 5% of Australian women (most commonly in their 20s to 40s) – 10 times more than men.

Although there are theories on what triggers PBS, the actual cause or causes are not yet known. Nor is there a clear way to diagnose it other than the pain lasting more than six weeks and ruling out all other possible causes, so be prepared as the process can take quite a while.

Currently, there is no cure, but there are things that can be done to help alleviate symptoms and improve daily function. These vary from the simple, such as good bladder habits and avoiding certain foods and drinks through to medication and surgery. You can read more about the treatments here

Some people find counselling that has been specifically developed to help individual’s cope with chronic pain useful. If this sounds like an option you’d like to explore, you can read more about it here on the Australian Pain Management Association website. 

Ask your doctor for more information and a referral to a specialist counsellor in your area.

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