Interstitial cystitis, also known as bladder pain syndrome, is a chronic disease of the urinary bladder. Despite researchers having thought that this disease only affected menopausal women, they have now reached the conclusion that men and women of all ages can develop interstitial cystitis. However, its cause remains uncertain, as doctors did not manage to figure out yet what triggers this disease. Its symptoms are very painful, so interstitial cystitis can seriously affect the quality of life. The symptoms of interstitial cystitis include pain associated with the bladder, pain associated with urination, urinary frequency and urgency, and pressure in the bladder and/or pelvis.
Harvard researchers have compared interstitial cystitis to other diseases such as chronic kidney failure or cancer, which is why it is officially recognized as a disability. The good news is that the pain can be relieved, as there are several treatment approaches which can be used in this respect. DMSO is definitely one of the best ways to treat interstitial cystitis. DMSO stands for dimethyl sulfoxide and it is an organosulfur compound. The history of DMSO goes back to the 1960s, when Dr. Stanlet Jacob began to study the medicinal properties of this substance. Although the history of DMSO is very controversial, this substance is now the only medical approved drug for the treatment of interstitial cystitis. While this bladder instillation is the only one approved, it is unfortunately not that used in urology clinics.
Regarding interstitial cystitis, a 50% solution of DMSO is instilled into the bladder by means of a catheter. It is left there for about 15 minutes and then it puts the patient at ease. Since a 50% solution of DMSO is at risk of creating irreversible muscle contraction, a 25% solution is more recommended. Nevertheless, the long term use of DMSO is still controversial, given the fact that no one fully understands yet the method of action of this substance. Besides treating interstitial cystitis, DMSO has other medicine applications, too. Many people believe that DMSO is a great alternative treatment for cancer. However, this thesis has not been scientifically proved, either.