Interstitial cystitis, or bladder pain syndrome (commonly abbreviated to 'IC/BPS'), is a chronic, often severely debilitating disease of the urinary bladder. Of unknown cause, it is characterized by: pain associated with the bladder, pain associated with urination (dysuria), urinary frequency (as often as every 10 minutes), urgency, and/or pressure in the bladder and/or pelvis. This disease has a profound impact on quality of life and can be quite disabling. Interstitial cystitis patients may have a quality of life that resembles that of a patient with rheumatoid arthritis. chronic cancer pain, or a patient on kidney dialysis. The condition is officially recognized as a disability. It is not unusual for patients to have been misdiagnosed with a variety of other conditions, including: overactive bladder, urethritis, urethral syndrome, trigonitis, prostatitis, and other generic terms used to describe frequency/urgency symptoms in the urinary tract.
Contributions by Ratel, Playethic, and Aruaidh.