Of the many diseases about which the sufferer moans very secretly, cystitis is perhaps the most common.
Many women, indeed practically all, get an attack at one time or another in life. It is far more common with them than with men.
Cystitis is an inflammation of the bladder and passages leading from it. It can be caused by a great variety of germs, many of which are harmless in other parts of the body.
The patient's first complaint is usually of frequently going to the toilet. Quite often the person has to suddenly visit the loo during the night and sleep can be seriously disturbed. The actual passing of urine can become most painful and be dreaded.
Many articles taken from 'A word with the doctor', by Dr. John Windsor.