In a perfect world, your bladder quietly goes about its business, emptying your liquid waste in a timely manner. For some women, however, bladder pain can have a widespread impact on their overall health and wellness. At GYN Specialists of Reno, board-certified urogynecologist Bruce Crawford, MD, FPMRS, has extensive experience helping women in Reno, Nevada, get to the bottom of their bladder pain. Simply call the office or use the online scheduling tool to learn more.
There are several causes of bladder pain in women, with interstitial cystitis (IC) leading the charge. IC is a chronic condition in which there’s pain or pressure in your bladder. The symptoms of IC often mimic those of a common urinary tract infection, but they resist antibiotics and last for six weeks or more. The symptoms of IC include:
These symptoms can come and go, flaring at certain times, like when you’re having your period.
The other causes of bladder pain include a urinary tract infection and bladder cancer, though this is uncommon.
When you see Dr. Crawford, he first reviews your symptoms and your medical history. To determine the cause of your bladder pain and sensitivity, he runs a series of tests, including:
If he rules out other causes of your bladder pain, the most likely culprit is IC. Unfortunately, there’s no cure for IC, but there’s much you can do to improve the condition.
If you’re suffering from IC, Dr. Crawford takes a multi-pronged approach to the problem. First, he works with you on bladder training, which should help you better control your urination.
If he finds that spasms in your pelvic floor are contributing to your painful bladder syndrome, he recommends his own Pfilates™ program, which is an innovative treatment that targets and conditions the muscles that surround and support your bladder.
Dr. Crawford believes that problems with the pelvic floor are a matter of fitness, not structure, which is why this approach is so effective. The exercises are based on electromyography (EMG) recordings of your pelvic floor from his VESy Lab™, which is a neuromuscular training center.
Through Dr. Crawford’s Pfilates program, you should see an improvement in your bladder pain within 4-6 weeks.
You can do your part at home by drinking plenty of fluids and reducing your stress.
To gain the upper hand on bladder pain, call GYN Specialists of Reno or use the online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.