IC: Easily Mistaken for Other Conditions
Because interstitial cystitis (IC) can be easily confused with other health conditions,
it may often be misdiagnosed or undiagnosed for a long time. It is not uncommon for someone with IC to see several doctors over the course of many years before they are actually diagnosed with the condition.
- Recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs)
- Overactive bladder
- Endometriosis (which can also coexist with IC)
- Chronic nonbacterial prostatitis
- Benign prostatic hypertrophy, a condition commonly referred to as enlarged prostate
Talking to a healthcare professional about IC
If you think you may have IC, speak to a healthcare professional.
Specialists such as gynecologists and urologists are most familiar
with IC. However, with greater awareness of IC, more doctors are
asking themselves, "Is it IC?" earlier.
That's good news. But it's not enough. If you think you may have IC, be persistent in finding answers. How? Know — and ask — the right questions. And, if you don't think you've received the best answer, ask again or speak with another healthcare professional.