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Urinary Disorders

Excessive nocturnal urination

11/05/2008

Question:

I have been diagnosed as having interstitial cystitus. I sometimes get up 6-12 times each nite to urinate. The volume of urine is usually small. I don`t tolerate the usual drugs to control the bladder, since I have Crohns disease(diahrea). Could you suggest a drug or change of eating habits that would help me?

Answer:

First, the diagnosis of interstitial cystitis is always difficult so you may be better off with a second opinion regarding the certainty that you have IC. The choices for medicines should only be by the urologist that is your treating physican -- but that brings up who is diagnosing and treating you. I think it should be a urologist, and preferably a urologist who is experienced with IC, as many of us are not.

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Response by:

R Bruce  Bracken, MD R Bruce Bracken, MD
Professor of Surgery
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati