Autoimmune Disorders and UTIs #UTI #urinarytractinfection

Autoimmune Disorders and UTIs

So, today I am living with a UTI. I feel like crap and I just want to go lay down.

First before I do that, I thought I would check out some information about living with autoimmune disorders and if there is a link to having a UTI. Since autoimmune disorders cause so many other problems, why should the urinary tract be left out?

This is what I found. Pretty interesting stuff!

Somebody asked the question, “Does Sjogren’s Syndrome cause UTIs?” The doctor who answered the question is, April Chang-Miller, MD, from the Mayo Clinic. This is what she said:

“No, but Sjogren’s syndrome can cause symptoms that you might mistake for a urinary tract infection (UTI).”

“For women, Sjogren’s syndrome can also cause vaginal dryness — which may result in discomfort during sexual intercourse and an increase in the risk of bacterial and fungal vaginal infections. Painful urination, a common symptom of UTIs, also can occur with vaginal infections.”

“Some women who have Sjogren’s syndrome might develop symptoms of a condition called painful bladder syndrome, also known as interstitial cystitis. This condition causes symptoms similar to those of a urinary tract infection — urinary frequency, urgency and pain — without evidence of infection.”

Painful Bladder Syndrome or Interstitial Cystitis

It’s often mistaken for a urinary tract infection (UTI), but there is no infection.
Symptoms include:
  • bladder and pelvic pain or pressure
  • and a frequent urge to urinate.

Painful bladder syndrome is often difficult to treat.



  • Requires a medical diagnosis
  • Lab tests or imaging always required



No single treatment works for all people with IC/BPS.  Treatment must be chosen for each patient based on symptoms.  Patients usually try different treatments (or combinations of treatments) until good symptom relief occurs.

IC/BPS treatment is often done in phases with constant monitoring of your pain and quality of life.

Treatment can help, but this condition can’t be cured.

Therapies may include:

  • changing the diet
  • medications
  • physical therapy
  • and biofeedback

Antibiotics haven’t been shown to help with painful bladder syndrome.

Who is Affected?

Some people with Painful Bladder Syndrome or Interstitial Cystitis may have other health issues such as:

IC/PBS is a common condition that usually affects women in their 40s.

This condition is thought to occur in around one in fifty women. Around a quarter of people with this condition will have actually had some symptoms since they were children.

Anyone of any age can develop painful bladder syndrome.


Interstitial Cystitis Awareness Month is observed in September.

Teal is the color of the awareness ribbon for this illness.

Painful Bladder Syndrome or Interstitial Cystitis #painfulbladder #interstitialcystitis #autoimmune


2 thoughts on “Autoimmune Disorders and UTIs

  1. hopeforovercomers says:

    I have IC or now known as Painful Bladdar Syndrome. I’ve tried half a dozen treatment types to no avail. Relaxation exercises and stress management help me the most, especially when the bladdar is spastic. No fun, Brenda!

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