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Doctors often misdiagnose patients with bladder problems

People in North Carolina who have a condition called "painful bladder syndrome" are frequently misdiagnosed. Painful bladder syndrome, or interstitial cystitis as it is called in medical literature, affects about 2.7 percent of women and 1.3 percent of men around the world. Symptoms of the condition include the constant urge to urinate and pelvic pain.

There are several theories about what might cause painful bladder syndrome but no definitive explanations. Some researchers believe that an inflammatory cell is releasing chemicals like histamine in patients who experience it. Autoimmune problems, nerve changes and allergic reactions are other things that some researchers say might be contributing to painful bladder syndrome. Patients with painful bladder syndrome frequently experience other medical conditions at the same time such as irritable bowel syndrome, migraines and endometriosis.

Because symptoms of painful bladder syndrome can mimic other conditions, patients with this condition are often misdiagnosed with urinary tract infections and overactive bladders. Before patients receive a correct diagnosis, they may be given multiple rounds of antibiotics to treat infections that they do not have. Patients who are misdiagnosed with overactive bladders may also be prescribed bladder relaxants that they do not need.

Patients who are misdiagnosed may suffer side effects from the medications that they are given to treat the wrong condition. At the same time, their real condition could end up getting worse as it remains untreated. Those who have found themselves in this type of a situation may want to meet with a medical malpractice attorney in order to learn what recourse they may have.

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