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Even with treatment, my niece suffers from symptoms of interstitial cystitis. What to do?


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Dr. Sneha Kannan

Published At October 1, 2020
Reviewed AtSeptember 8, 2023

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I am asking this inquiry on behalf of my niece. She suffers from a bladder condition called interstitial cystitis. She suffers from retention, urgency, and frequency even after taking numerous tests and medicines. It has affected her life severely. She has this problem for two years and it got worsened in the past few months. Please help me.


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I understand your concern. You did not mention whether she has done a cystoscopy. For getting the definitive diagnosis of interstitial cystitis, a cystoscopy is mandatory. You can treat this condition by taking Amitriptyline. I cannot predict whether it will work for your niece as this disease largely depends on the trial and error-based treatment. She should drink at least 0.5 gallons of water every day. Discuss this with your family doctor or gynecologist or urologist for treating this condition with Amitriptyline.

The Probable causes

Your niece has interstitial cystitis.

Investigations to be done

Consult a physician and do a cystoscopy if it is not done in the last 12 months.

Differential diagnosis

Your niece can have a bacterial bladder infection.

Probable diagnosis

Your niece has interstitial cystitis.

Treatment plan

Your niece can take Amitriptyline to treat it and discuss this with your doctor.

Preventive measures

Your niece should drink 0.5 gallons of water every day.

Regarding follow up

Have a follow-up at any time.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Alexander Davis
Dr. Alexander Davis

General Practitioner

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