Daily Fact #28 – Types of IC Flares

//Daily Fact #28 – Types of IC Flares


Interstitial cystitis and bladder pain patients often experience sudden and unpredictable “flares” or worsening of their symptoms. There are a few distinct types of flares.

A “bladder wall” flare occurs when the bladder wall has been irritated, most often by eating or drinking an acidic or caffeinated food or beverage. While some patients report pain within 30 minutes of eating an offending food, most are felt at night, making sleep almost impossible.

A “pelvic floor” flare occurs when the pelvic floor muscles get tight or are traumatized, often during or after long car rides or intimacy. Stress is also a powerful trigger for this type of flare because patients may be sub-consciously tightening pelvic floor muscles.

The good news is that many flares are preventable by following simple self-help strategies (i.e. diet modification, muscle relaxation and other Step One Treatments).

Learn more in the ICN Flare Management Center

By | 2017-09-30T21:41:20+00:00 September 28th, 2014|Daily Facts|Comments Off on Daily Fact #28 – Types of IC Flares

About the Author:

My Google Profile+ Jill Osborne is the president and founder of the Interstitial Cystitis Network, a health education company dedicated to interstitial cystitis, bladder pain syndrome and other pelvic pain disorders. Representing the IC community, she has appeared radio and TV shows including the PBS “Healthy Body Healthy Mind” television series. She serves as editor of the IC Optimist quarterly magazine and has authored dozens of articles on IC. She spends the majority of her time developing new, internet based educational and support tools for IC patients, including the “Living with IC” video series currently on YouTube and the ICN Food List smartphone app!