Causes and Symptoms
Interstitial cystitis — also referred to as painful bladder syndrome — is a medical condition which causes mild to severe pain and pressure in the bladder as well as pelvic pain.
The bladder is the hollow, muscular organ where urine is stored. When it becomes full, it will send a signal to your brain that it is time to urinate and cause the urge to do so. However, with interstitial cystitis, the signals sent to the brain get mixed up and you will feel the urge to urinate more frequently and in smaller volumes.
While the exact cause of this condition is unknown and there are several possible explanations, there are different medications and therapies that can be used to provide relief from its symptoms.