Women who suffer from repeated bladder infections may not have a bladder infection after all. It's a common misdiagnosis according to urologist Scott Spore, who says often the culprit is something called Interstitial Cystitis.
And he says no wonder the pain keeps coming back because you can't take antibiotics for a bladder infection when the problem is instead Interstitial Cystitis.
"It's not a cyst at all, actually, Cystis means infection or inflammation of the bladder, and it's actually an inflamed inner lining of the bladder, which in fancy words means a weak bladder lining," explains Dr. Spore.
He says certain things you eat or drink can aggravate or improve the condition. But the main treatment is a prescription called Elmoron which helps coat the bladder lining to heal the problem.