Interstitial cystitis (IC) patients can also have other chronic conditions. Research shows that allergies, irritable bowel syndrome, and sensitive skin are three conditions that commonly overlap with IC. A number of other health conditions affect varying numbers of IC patients:
- Individuals with allergies, migraine headaches, endometriosis, irritable bowel syndrome, asthma, or sensitive skin may have a greater chance of developing IC. And, some studies have reported that IC patients are as much as 100 times more likely than the general population to have irritable bowel syndrome.
- Vulvodynia, a syndrome marked by various painful vulvovaginal symptoms, is the fourth most common IC-related condition. It is thought that a common defect in the bladder and the vaginal tissues may contribute to both conditions.
- Individuals already suffering from IC may also have a greater chance of developing fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome.
- IC patients have been shown to be 30 times more likely than the general population to have systemic lupus erythematosus.
- More recent research has revealed that IC may also be connected with certain other chronic conditions, such as panic attacks and pelvic floor dysfunction.
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Revised January 12, 2011