What does Interstitial Cystitis pain feel like?

The pain associated with Interstitial Cystitis (IC) can vary from person to person, and can be described in different ways. Some people may experience mild discomfort, while others may have severe pain. The pain may be described as:

  1. Bladder pain: This can be a dull or sharp pain felt in the lower abdomen or pelvic area, sometimes extending to the lower back or legs.
  2. Pressure or fullness: Some people may feel pressure or fullness in the pelvic area.
  3. Burning or stinging: Some people may experience a burning or stinging sensation in the bladder or pelvic area.
  4. Aching or cramping: Some people may experience a constant aching or cramping pain in the pelvic area.
  5. Pain during sexual intercourse: Some people may experience pain during or after sexual intercourse, which can be caused by inflammation in the bladder or pelvic area.

It's worth noting that the pain associated with IC can be unpredictable and may come and go. It may also vary in intensity and location, and can be aggravated by certain triggers such as food and drinks, stress, cold weather and sexual activity.

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