IC Awareness Daily Fact #1: IC Affects Millions of People

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IC Awareness Fact Day 1

Interstitial cystitis is not a rare condition. New epidemiological studies revealed that three to eight million women in the USA and one to four million men with IC may have symptoms of interstitial cystitis. That could be as many as one out of every 26 people in the USA. It’s obviously many more million around the world! Interstitial cystitis is often called bladder pain syndrome, painful bladder syndrome, hypersensitive bladder syndrome.

Interstitial cystitis patients experience symptoms of frequency, urgency, pressure and pain. Pain most often occurs as the bladder fills with urine and then is relieved after urination. Interstitial cystitis symptoms are similar to those of overactive bladder but with a subtle difference. Patients with IC run to the restroom to relieve discomfort and/or pain while OAB patients run to the restroom to avoid having an accident.

Learn more about IC Awareness Month and how you can help at: http://www.icawareness.org

By | 2017-09-01T13:53:17+00:00 September 1st, 2014|Announcements, Daily Facts|Comments Off on IC Awareness Daily Fact #1: IC Affects Millions of People

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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!