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Other Associated Conditions with IC

Irritable bowel syndrome

It is associated with crampy abdominal pain relieved after bowel movements and recurring episodes of loose motion/constipation.

Rheumatoid arthritis

This is an autoimmune condition in which the body attacks its own issues. The cartilage covering the ends of the bone is damaged, causing pain, stiffness and swelling of the joints.


It is an inflammatory/allergic condition that involves narrowing of the airways in lungs. Shortness of breath, tightness in the chest, cough and the whistling sound on breathing are the common symptoms.


In this condition patient complains of excessive fatigue and muscle pain. Soreness on touching the muscles is often observed.

Systemic lupus erythrematosis

This is an autoimmune condition, with damage to cartilage, tendons and other major organs such as lungs, heart, kidneys, brain and skin.1

Impact of IC on Your Life

You want to watch your favourite movie at a cinema hall. However, you cannot enjoy the movie, as you are forced to visit the toilet frequently. This is a reality faced by patients with IC. The frequent use of toilet leads to many embarrassing situations when visiting friends and family as well. In due course, these patients are forced to change their own lifestyle.

People refuse to go out, eventually getting confined to their homes. IC has a great impact on all aspects of your life, be it social, domestic, physical or sexual life.

Sleep deprivation

The need to get up at night frequently can have detrimental effects on the person both physically and mentally. Lack of sleep may result in health deterioration and poor performance at work.

Family life

Constant trips to the toilet, improper sleep, coping with pain all these add on to the existing stress from IC. The inability to carry out daily chores and look after the family will generate a sense of guilt in the person. Sometimes it becomes difficult to make family members understand all the troubles, as there is nothing visibly wrong.

Sexual life

There can be a significant impact on the sexual intercourse. It may become painful for people of both sexes. Women suffer from vaginal pain during intercourse, while for men pain occurs during ejaculation. This will affect the existing quality of life between the partners.

Despite visiting a number of doctors, sometimes patients are given either no diagnosis or diagnosis such as ‘it’s all in the mind’. The long history of pain and frequency of urination may lead to extreme frustration.

Hence, it is important for the patients and their families to be well informed about the process of coping with IC. Patients must discuss with their partners and evolve solutions together. A big step forward will be patient to patient counselling and help from patient support groups.1

  1. Meijlik JM. Interstitial cystitis, diagnosis and treatment - an overview. International Painful Bladder Foundation. Available at: