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Interstitial Cystitis (cont.)

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Outlook

IC is a condition with a variable course. For many people, the severity of symptoms fluctuates. For some, the condition goes into periods of remission. Rarely, some people may experience rapidly worsening symptoms. Although there is no treatment that reliably eliminates the symptoms of IC, a number of medications and therapies offer relief.

Support Groups and Counseling

IC has a profound adverse effect on the quality of life. Joining a support group may be especially helpful. A local chapter of the Interstitial Cystitis Association can help in providing a continuing network of support. Support and attention to associated psychosocial problems can greatly improve the person's response to treatment.

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Interstitial cystitis (IC) is a clinical syndrome characterized by daytime and nighttime urinary frequency, urgency, and pelvic pain of unknown etiology.

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