Diagnosing interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome (IC/PBS) isn’t as simple as just taking a medical history and looking into symptoms. Practitioners rely heavily on the information gathered during a potassium sensitivity test to guide them toward a diagnosis. Women who have symptoms of overactive bladder might need this test done to help determine the root cause of the issue so appropriate treatment can begin.
What do you need to know?
A PST allows us to know that you have this problem (IC/PBS) that we would not know otherwise. Once we know you have IC, we can more effectively treat you.
What is IC?
Interstitial cystitis is a disease of the bladder that can cause pelvic pain, pressure, or discomfort.
Symptoms of IC:
- Urgency: The sensation of having to urinate immediately. May include pain, pressure, or spasms.
- Frequency: The need to urinate often, even during the night.
- Pain: In the lower abdomen, vaginal, or urethral area. Often occurs with sexual intercourse.
How do I know if I have IC?
Your doctor will be able to diagnose IC after a thorough history and physical, as well as a potassium sensitivity test (PST).
What is a PST?
A potassium sensitivity test (PST) is a simple office procedure performed by a nurse practitioner that tests the bladder for IC. First, a tiny plastic catheter is placed into the bladder. Then, two different solutions are instilled into the bladder, testing the bladder for IC. The procedure is no more uncomfortable than a pap smear, takes less than 10 minutes, and requires no preparation.
What if I am positive?
If you have a positive PST and have a convincing history of urinary symptoms, it is likely that you have IC. You will return to the doctor for a consultation and start an effective treatment regimen that includes an oral medication and bladder treatments.
What if I am negative?
A negative test does not necessarily mean that you do not have IC. You will return to the doctor for a consultation and to discuss further diagnostic testing and treatment options.
Our practitioners are ready to help you find relief from OAB. Contact us or use our chat today for a consultation to determine if a potassium sensitivity test is necessary.