What is Painful Bladder Syndrome?
Painful Bladder Syndrome (PBS) is a syndrome - a collection of symptoms affecting the bladder. It is not a disease, but it is recognised that the protective layer of the bladder is damaged. The exact causes of this damage is currently unknown, however an increasing amount of international research is being done to better understand this distressing problem.
Common Symptoms of PBS
There is no single indicator to suggest the presence of PBS, so it is important to consult a specialist (urologist or sometimes gynaecologist) to exclude other causes of the symptoms. There is currently no cure for the problem, however there are several tools and strategies available to successfully manage the symptoms. Common symptoms of PBS are:
How Does PBS Affect People?
People of all ages, cultures and backgrounds can have PBS, although it mainly affects women. People who live with PBS are often affected on a day-to-day basis by: