Although in my books I am specific about TRUE Interstitial Cystitis (IC) symptoms, nothing is ‘writ in stone’! It is perfectly possible to have any of the organism sub-species which will make a difference to some womens’ symptomatology.
Nevertheless, if you have a horrible range of clearly specified symptoms including bladder ulceration, pain after urination, pelvic pressure indicating infection processes at work and so on, then its more likely to be true IC. There is lots of information in the IC section of my ebook The Patient’s Encyclopaedia of Urinary Tract Infection, Sexual Cystitis and Interstitial Cystitis to learn and practise. Learn about sexually sharing the organism, transmitting it between partners, treatment and the recovery plan for both partners which is so vital in removing the organism and allowing the bladder lining to eventually re-form as healthy.
Assisting and recovering a healthy bladder lining, as I say repeatedly, may take weeks. The bladder has been seriously ill, you have to look at it like a car crash. Do you expect broken bones to heal and move 24 hours later? Of course not. My ebook is wonderfully helpful on all this. I would say that you need to follow meticulously all the self help rules in my other books AS WELL AS the specific treatment and recovery plan for IC.
I myself had an episode of a sub-strain some years back, but not thinking IC at all, and without pain or frequency but just a sticky discharge, I finally got tested at the lab in London and sure enough I had a sub-strain, took the only antibiotic that would kill it and got better.