Symptoms of Irritable Bladder Syndrome, include pain in the pelvic region, bladder, urethral or vaginal areas, frequent urination or the urge to go, waking up often at night to relieve yourself, piddling on yourself when you laugh, sneeze or run, often being aware of your bladder and/or not being able to completely empty the bladder.
Another term for bladder infection is Cystitis, which is defined as inflammation of the bladder wall. Urethritis is the inflammation of the urethra, which is connected to the bladder and is the passageway urine flows through before leaving the body. Inflammation of the bladder and urethra are often referred to as a UTI (Urinary Tract Infection), which involves the spread of bacteria upwards from the urethra to the bladder and, sometimes, on up to the kidney (pyelonephritis).
While Cystitis and Irritable Bladder Syndrome may have the same symptoms, the causes can be quite different. With Irritable Bladder Syndrome there is not necessarily an infection, just irritation or pain.
Irritable Bladder Syndrome is not the same as Nocturia. Nocturia is the need for sudden or frequent urination at night caused by the release of a certain hormone during oxygen deprivation, and may be a symptom of Sleep Apnea. The feeling is so great that it can cause panic attacks or a sensation of fearing movement. It may even take you awhile to return to sleep.
Possible Causes of Irritable Bladder Syndrome
Pinched or Inflamed Spinal Nerves (particularly the Sacral Nerve),
Hormonal Imbalance (Menopause)
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (toxic bacteria may be crossing the bowel, vaginal and bladder walls)
Sensitivity to certain foods and/or chemicals
Irritation to sensitive nerves caused by Tension Myositis Syndrome or Myofascial Pain Syndrome, which are fancy words for muscle tension, but two different types.
Herpes Simplex Virus can also cause bladder pain when bladder nerves are affected by inflammation inside the body from herpes in the vaginal, rectal, buttock, or hip area.
Spiritual/Psychological cause of Irritable Bladder Syndrome: Anger, probably the result of insecurity, has you in its grips. You are afraid of letting go. Blame is part of this syndrome. Pardon the expression, but you may be quite pissed off on some level of your conscious or subconscious mind.