If you do get a positive painful bladder syndrome diagnosis then there isn’t much cause for concern as there are several effective painful bladder syndrome treatments:
Urine Sample and Urinalysis
This is a fairly simple test as it involves the patient providing the doctor with their urine sample. This allows the doctor to examine the urine sample and learn if there are any microscopic organisms, germs or white blood cells in the blood. The sooner the doctor can figure out whether there’s something wrong, the sooner they can begin painful bladder syndrome treatment with antibiotics.
Biopsy of the Bladder and Urethra
A biopsy relies on the tissue sample taken from the patient’s own body in order to get a clearer understanding of the condition they’re in. This procedure is carried out by extracting tissue from the bladder wall as well as from the urethra via the help of a urine tube. This procedure is carried out under anesthesia as well as being extremely helpful in ruling out other conditions like bladder cancer.
This is the most effective and preferred mode of proving for any other infections by doctors. A cystoscopy is performed with the help of an instrument called a cystoscope. It is a long and thin scope that has an eyepiece at its end. It is inserted into the urethra and all the way up to the bladder. However, it is considerably more painful considering how local anesthesia is not used in this procedure. There are some instances where both the bladder biopsy and cystoscopy are performed at the same time.
There are a number of reasons why diagnosing painful bladder syndrome can challenging. Some of these reasons are:
- Most of the available techniques that are used to diagnose painful bladder syndrome were developed primarily for research purposes rather than clinical usage. Because some of the research techniques are still underdeveloped and have yet to undergo any modification, it is common to wrongly diagnose someone with this condition. There have also been cases where these techniques have failed to identify many patients suffering from this syndrome altogether.
- Another reason these techniques are seldom used is because of their invasive nature. They are equally invasive and painful and don’t always provide the most reliable results.
- The most notable technique is cystoscopy which can show glomerulations and Hunner’s ulcers but is not quite as reliable when diagnosing painful bladder syndrome.