If you have a painful bladder, or burning and/or frequent urination, (need to urinate often), or have lower abdominal or pelvic pains, or have been diagnosed often with bladder infections only to find out from your doctor a few days or weeks later that it was not a bacterial infection, you may have Interstitial Cystitis.
Infection causes inflammation. There are other causes of inflammation, including injury, connective tissue disease, and even anxiety and PTSD cause inflammation. Check out the Limbic System. Inflammation can even cause blood in the urine. See your health care provider for this.
Doctors will often check urine in their offices or in the E.R. and the dipstix can show white cells, even blood. This does not mean you have an infection. Follow the doctors advice but be sure to get a culture of the urine to see if it is infection or inflammation. It takes a few days to confirm an infection.
Click on the video below. I am not so sure of the herbal medicine he talks about, but the explanation is great.
More information about Interstitial Cystitis: Interstitial Cystitis Association
Many women have itching around the vulva. Sometimes women then worry they may have a yeast infection. Often it is actually lichen sclerosis. This is inflammation around the vulva. It can be treated with anti-inflammatories. This is the one that physicians advise patients not to worry about using cortisone regularly. If you don’t treat the condition, your vaginal opening can close up a bit, making intercourse difficult and painful. Do see your physician to have the area examined.