Classic Interstitial Cystitis vs Regular IC and treatment
This week was the second time I went to see my new urologist. He performed a cytoscopy, which was extremely painful and diagnosed me with Classic Interstitial Cystitis. I must admit that after the procedure I just wanted to get the hell out of there because I was in SO much pain. He told me my bladder was only capable of holding 200 cc, and a "normal" bladder should hold 400. When I looked on the screen, he showed me all of the areas that were red and inflamed and it was like "finally - a reason for all of this pain." I didn't ask a lot of questions because I wanted to just leave.
He told me that I had two options. I could come in every week for 6 weeks. He would inject a solution and then I would "practice" holding it for as long as possible. This seems very difficult because his practice is an hour away and I'm a teacher, would makes it even more out of the question. Also a $30 copay seems rediculous.
Second option - surgery. He would distend my bladder to 600 cc. This seems a bit drastic, but considering I have been suffering for over a year, I'm leaning towards it.
So, lots of questions, does anyone know what the primary difference is between Classic IC and regular IC? Also, has anyone done either of these two options that I've described?
I'm in dire need of some major help and opinions here. Thanks so much for reading.