If The Advanced PCR Test Comes Back Negative – You Will Now Need To Identify What You’ve Got
The PCR test is definitive. If the results come back “negative” for all 24 of the tested bacterial strains, then you do not have a urinary tract infection. That should be good news, but to many who are suffering from pain and pressure, it just makes things more aggravating.
The symptoms of burning when urinating, constant pressure to urinate and pelvic pain suggest that you may be dealing with one of two conditions: Interstitial Cystitis (IC) or Overactive Bladder (OAB) (Note: a very small percentage of people may also need to ask their doctor about kidney stones and/or bladder cancer.)
While they both have similar symptoms, a new article published in BMC Urology in March 2023 shows that scientists were able to clearly identify one condition from the other. They asked a group of IC patients, and a group of OAB patients, for ratings on a scale from 0 to 10 on four symptoms: pain, pressure, discomfort and urinary urgency.
Here’s what they found out:
IC patients rated all 4 symptoms (pain, pressure, discomfort and urgency) very high (6+).
OAB patients only rated 1 of the symptoms (urgency) very high (6+) and rated the other 3 symptoms (pain, pressure and discomfort) significantly lower (2-3).
So, if your most bothersome symptom is bladder/pubic pain, you likely have Interstitial Cystitis; if your most bothersome symptoms are urinary urgency and daytime frequency it’s likely Overactive Bladder.the latest medical authorities are saying about treatments for IC and OAB.
Below we’ve summarized the latest news from the medical authorities about treatments for IC and OAB.