Whether you’re going to your doctor for the first time about your symptoms or you’ve already been diagnosed with IC, it’s important to have an honest, open dialogue about what you are experiencing. IC is a chronic condition that affects many aspects of your life both emotionally and physically, so it’s important you have treatment options to help manage your condition.
If seeing your physician for the first time, prepare yourself for that conversation:
IC symptoms correlate with many other conditions physicians may look to rule out:
Your doctor may also administer a test to help confirm an IC diagnosis. Possible tests include:
Complicated cases may require additional diagnostic testing. Your doctor will know best how to proceed with your diagnosis and care.
Think about the most important questions you’d like to ask your doctor and write them down. Here are some examples many IC/PBS patients ask:
If you haven’t taken the PUF Questionnaire, click here to obtain your results.
Be prepared to describe your symptoms—especially those around pelvic pain, urinary urgency, and urinary frequency—and don’t be afraid to ask your doctor about the possibility of IC. Your doctor will first evaluate you according to these common symptoms. If you have never been diagnosed with IC, it is likely that your doctor will also rule out the conditions mentioned above as a cause for any symptoms.
Again, be sure to take all questions and diaries with you to your next appointment. This will help you
have a better conversation with your doctor and get you on the right track to DefeatIC™.
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