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Sunday, 9 September 2018

Acupuncture is effective for interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome

Nobody likes to talk about their bladder, but bladder is one of the organs in human body and it can get problems. September is the most important month for patients suffering from interstitial cystitis (IC). Every September, IC patients around the world unite to raise awareness about interstitial cystitis, bladder pain syndrome (BPS), hypersensitive bladder syndrome and chronic pelvic pain. This is the time to gather together, share stories, educate our communities, seek out patients who are suffering in silence. Some IC patients struggle to find care. They are told that IC is all in their heads. Their life has been ruined with this condition.

The European Society for the Study of Interstitial Cystitis/Bladder Pain Syndrome in 2008 defined bladder pain syndrome (BPS) as pelvic pain, pressure or discomfort perceived to be related to the bladder, lasting for at least 6 months, and accompanied by at least one other urinary symptom. Urinary symptoms include the persistent urge to void or frequency, in the absence of other identifiable causes. The International Urogynaecological Association (IUGA) and the International Continence Society (ICS) produced a joint report on terminologies by Haylen et al. in 2010, defining bladder pain as acomplaint of supra pubic or retro-pubic pressure, discomfort or pain, associated with the bladder, generally aggravated by bladder filling. The symptom may persist or alleviate after voiding. An estimated 400,000 people in the UK suffer from BPS, the majority being women. There is no definitive evidence to support an autoimmune, inflammatory, structural or infectious aetiology. Consequently, treating these patients is often challenging.

Acupuncture can effectively treat IC/BPS syndrome. This is studied by many researchers.

For example, recently research studied the effect of acupuncture for IC/BPS syndrome. In this study, 12 female patients with IC/BPS syndrome received 10 sessions of acupuncture. The visual analog score (VAS), interstitial cystitis symptom index (ICSI), interstitial cystitis problem index (ICPI), O'Leary-Saint symptom score (OSS), Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ9), Pelvic pain and urgency & frequency patient symptom scale tests (PUF) and maximum voided volume (MVV) was completed in 1st, 3rd, 6th and 12th months following the treatment. The result has shown that there was a statistically significant decrease in all of the scores evaluated at first month compared with the baseline. While the change in VAS score in 1, 3, 6 and 12th months were found statistically significant. Response to treatment for the first three months after acupuncture application was (100%). They concluded that acupuncture appears to be an effective, useful, non-invasive method in IC/BPS patients. A study reviewed a recent research papers and found that acupuncture significantly reduces the 24-h urinary frequency and pain score.

References
Sonmez MG & Kozanhan B Ginekol Pol (2017) 88:61-67
Verghese TS et al Int Urogynecol J (2016) 27:1127-36

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