Painful Bladder Syndrome
Painful Bladder Syndrome is a term used to describe a group of symptoms that affect the bladder and pelvic region. The symptoms are characterized by feelings of discomfort and in some cases pain in the affected areas. Interstitial cystitis is often used interchangeably with painful bladder syndrome, although in a strict sense, PBS is a broader descriptive term while IC refers to a narrow band of symptoms that conform to the definition of IC by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) and the painful bladder syndrome ICD 10 definition. Generally, PBS is thought to be a group of diseases that conform to the same symptoms.