Dr Oz: Interstitial Cystitis (IC)
Dr Oz said that women are ten times more likely to get Painful Bladder Syndrome or Interstitial Cystitis than men. If you have a constant need to urinate, you experience pain when you urinate, and / or you have cramps, it may not be a UTI or Urinary Tract Infection like we so often think. Doctor Oz said that these exact symptoms are also a sign of Painful Bladder Syndrome or Interstitial Cystitis.
Dr Oz: Painful Bladder Syndrome
Doctor Oz showed his Assistant-Of-The-Day a real bladder, so that she could see the different layers that make up this very muscular organ. She said it felt thick, muscular and rubbery. Dr Oz said that a healthy bladder has a protective lining inside called an Interstitial Layer, and when you have Painful Bladder syndrome, this layer breaks down which causes your bladder to get irritated and stiff (rather than being soft so that it can easily compress and expand).
Dr Oz did a demonstration to show how your bladder feels full faster when you have Painful Bladder Syndrome, which is why you have to urinate more often. In fact, he said that people with Interstitial Cystitis sometimes have to go to the bathroom up to 60 times a day, which definitely does not sound like fun.
Dr Oz: Foods That Cause Painful Bladder Syndrome
Doctor Oz said that you first have to get the proper diagnosis if you have Painful Bladder Syndrome. Your doctor should first rule out that you do not have a UTI or Endometriosis, both of which also can cause bladder infections. Then, your doctor can insert a tiny camera into your bladder to check for inflammation or ulcers which could indicate that you have Interstitial Cystitis. Prescription medication can help relieve your pain, but Dr Oz also said that you should avoid the following foods which can irritate your bladder: alcohol, citrus juice, rye bread and yogurt. Surprisingly enough, Dr Oz said that cashews do not irritate bladders, so eat as many cashews as you would like (now you just have to worry about all of the fat found in them!).