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Dmso: How It Can Treat Interstitial Cystitis

Updated on May 8, 2020
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What is Interstitial Cystitis

A more colloquial name for Interstitial cystitis is painful bladder syndrome (PBS) which affect mainly women between the ages of 20 and 50 years it causes sufferers intense pressure and pain in the bladder also felt in the pelvic area inducing an urgent and frequent need to urinate, in some cases up to 60 times a day, greatly impacting the quality of life.

Unfortunately, this terrible chronic disease has no cure what’s more, although there are several treatments for this illness either taken singly or through a combination of approaches, the downside is; it can be hit or miss leading the sufferer down an anxious path of trial and error which can be demoralising. Many women have sought medical help to no avail taken upon themselves to find alternative methods for relief.

PBS occurs via two sub-types:

Hunner’s ulcers Which is inflammation on the bladder wall

Glomerulations Areas of bleeding in bladder lining (most common) this is caused by a deterioration of the mucin layer a cell protector of the bladder lining allowing for toxic substances from urine to sneak in, triggering inflammation and irritated blood vessels

Pain factors associated with PBS are various and can change through time. Although pain (suprapubic) is constant, it increases while urinating followed by brief relief.

Pain can also be felt during intercourse with men it is felt in the scrotum.

Women have intense symptoms during the menstrual period.

Associated PBS Conditions:

People with Fribromayagia are more prone to IC and may experience;

  • Blurred vision
  • Hunger
  • Headaches

Other associated conditions:

  • Migraines
  • Allergies
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Ideas Surrounding Causes of PBS

As there is no exact cause of IC medics have concluded that there is more than one reason for causation. Biopsies of the bladder walls from sufferers have indicated anomalies but are uncertain whether they are the direct cause or a result of another underlying condition.

Other research has focused on deficiencies in the glycosaminoglycan (GAG) Layer, a mucus that is a protective lining of the bladder allowing toxins from urine to seep in and damage nerve and muscle tissue this triggers hypersensitivity and pain.

Another avenue of research has looked at antiproliferative factor (APF) is a substance specifically found in people with PBS. (APF) blocks normal growth of bladder-lining cells and has demonstrated to inhibit the healing process following any damage or irritation to bladder tissues.

Symptoms of Painful Bladder Syndrome

Symptoms come on gradually as the pain, urinary urgency and intensity develop over long period of time and will fluctuate from day to day and month to month.. Causes vary immensely from woman to woman symptoms can change and come and go adding more frustration to what's already a horrible condition.

Pain can range from achy and dull to shooting stabbing pains, during passing urine a mild stinging can be felt to burning sensations. The common denominator of all pain associated with PBS is bladder filling and emptying.

Interstitial Cystitis Diagnosis

To be clear IC is not a urinary tract infection, and the way your urologist will determine PBS is by a method known as “diagnosis of exclusion” meaning IC will only be confirmed after a number of other conditions have been ruled out, the tests comprise:

  • Pelvic exam
  • Infection test
  • bladder stones
  • Bladder cancer
  • Kidney disease
  • STI
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Endometriosis

Among other disorders that you’ll be tested for.

Foods to avoid if you have interstitial cystitis:





Citrus fruits and other acidic food



How Can Dimethyl Sulfoxide (DMSO) Relieve Interstitial Cystitis?

A Brief History

Dimethyl Sulfoxide (DMSO) is a by-product of the pulp industry and is derived from a substance produced in wood. And has been used as an industrial solvent since the 1800’s.

By the 1960’s Dr Stanley Jacobs who was already well versed in its properties rediscovered the incredible penetrating power of DMSO into the skin. This led to pharma companies jumping on the band wagon to use this substance as a solvent for pharmaceutical drugs.

However, an unfortunate death of a patient resulting in over exposure to DMSO lead to the FDA banning its use. It wasn’t until 1978 that the FDA gave the green light for Dimethyl Sulfoxide to be used specifically for the treatment of Interstitial Cystitis as an anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic.

DMSO IC specific treatment

Alright …So, the good news is that the FDA has approved DMSO for use to treat PBS specifically but the only way this treatment is applied is through a technique called bladder installation. DMSO helps to relax the bladder alleviating pain and reduce inflammation, research has highlighted that half of IC patients that received this treatment saw a distinct improvement after six once per week sessions.

The procedure entails the patient having to lay down then a (catheter) a thin plastic tube is inserted into the bladder and 50 mls of dmso (Rimso-50) is passed through the catheter the patient is asked to hold urine for at least 15 min, 30 min max, after which you empty your bladder.

But some people my find this procedure uncomfortable and may not want to go through having a plastic tube put inside them every week. Because DMSO is so absorb-able it can be used topically and applied around the pelvic area for relief and can also be ingested. Despite it being used for industrial uses DMSO is extremely low in acidity which is fantastic for PBS.

The higher the purity of DMSO the better and if you choose to take a small glass make sure you dilute it with distilled water. When applying it topically on the skin make sure the skin area is clean as whatever microbes or bacteria that is on the skin will most certainly be absorbed along with the DMSO application!

A Positive Parallel!

Studies have shown DMSO effective for treating some chemotherapy side effects chemo drugs can cause certain conditions because they are prone to leaking into surrounding tissues causing symptoms:

  • Tingling
  • Burning
  • Pain
  • Swelling

Notice the similarities!

The main side effect of DMSO bladder installation is that you may experience a garlic-like taste in the mouth for a few hours and an odour on the breath and skin my be noticed for up to three days. But don’t worry, this is a good thing as it is sign your body is reacting well to the DMSO and is helping your body to excrete the bad toxins that were hindering your bladder to heal.

DMSO Can Treat Loads Of Conditions!!!

You'll notice in the video above that he mentions a lot of the associated conditions that often come with interstitial cystitis and can be successfully treated by DMSO.

I really hope this article brings PBS sufferers at least a step closer to getting their life back from this terrible health problem.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2020 Daniel Sevan


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