Painful Bladder Syndrome/Interstitial Cystitis (PBS/IC) is a chronic condition that involves:
- Urinary urgency
- Urinary frequency
- Nocturia (being awakened by the urge to urinate more than once per night)
- Bladder pain, which tends to increase as the bladder fills
The intensity of these symptoms may range from mild to debilitating. The presence of this syndrome suggests that there is no underlying cause for these symptoms, such as a urinary tract infection or bladder tumor. However, medical evaluation is needed to confirm the absence of these conditions, or other conditions with similar symptoms.