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Daily Fact #30 – Honoring Those Who Have Passed

On this, the last day of IC Awareness Month, we honor those patients and providers who are no longer with us. Many helped the IC movement become the vital, vibrant community. Daniel Brookoff MD was the first doctor who advocated for the aggressive and compassionate treatment of the pain of IC. C. Paul Perry MD, [...]

By | 2017-09-30T21:51:11-07:00 September 30th, 2014|Daily Facts|Comments Off on Daily Fact #30 – Honoring Those Who Have Passed

Daily Fact #29 – Smoking and IC

When a 2012 research study was released that showed the children of smokers were at high risk of developing severe urinary disorders including the symptom of IC, we were stunned (1). Children between the ages of 4 through 17 who sought care from a pediatric urologist for severe urinary symptoms were included in the study. [...]

By | 2017-07-21T07:46:46-07:00 September 29th, 2014|Daily Facts|Comments Off on Daily Fact #29 – Smoking and IC

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 [...]

By | 2017-09-30T21:41:20-07:00 September 28th, 2014|Daily Facts|Comments Off on Daily Fact #28 – Types of IC Flares

Daily Fact #27 – Pain of IC

While pain is not always a symptom in IC, for the men and women who have it, it can be agonizing, as if razors are cutting our bladders. Yet, for years, patients have been told that it’s all in their heads and that they just need to ignore the pain. Hogwash!! Would you deny a [...]

By | 2017-07-21T07:46:46-07:00 September 27th, 2014|Daily Facts|Comments Off on Daily Fact #27 – Pain of IC

Daily Fact #26 – Wine and IC/BPS

Is it safe to drink wine when you have interstitial cystitis (IC), bladder pain syndrome (BPS) or chronic prostatitis? If you're actively in a flare or have Hunner's lesions, drinking wine would be foolish because alcohol on any tender tissue or open wound would sting. However, when your urinary symptoms have improved, it may be [...]

By | 2017-07-21T07:46:46-07:00 September 26th, 2014|Daily Facts|Comments Off on Daily Fact #26 – Wine and IC/BPS

Daily Fact #25 – Beer and Interstitial Cystitis

Is it safe to drink beer when you have interstitial cystitis (IC) or bladder pain syndrome (BPS)? In our 2009 Wine, Beer & Spirits Survey, lighter lager, american ales, ambers, pilsners and pale ales were the least bothersome beers, such as Miller Genuine Draft Light and Blue Moon Pale ales. The most irritating beers were [...]

By | 2017-07-21T07:46:46-07:00 September 25th, 2014|Daily Facts|Comments Off on Daily Fact #25 – Beer and Interstitial Cystitis

Daily Fact #24 – Pregnancy and IC

If you're wondering if you can have a baby after a diagnosis of IC, take heart! Thousands of IC patients have had successful pregnancies and children. The most common question asked by potential mothers is "Will my IC get worse during a pregnancy?" In our experience, some IC patients go into remission or experience a [...]

By | 2017-07-21T07:46:46-07:00 September 24th, 2014|Daily Facts|Comments Off on Daily Fact #24 – Pregnancy and IC

Daily Fact #23 – Cranberry Juice and IC

Contrary to popular belief, cranberry juice and cranberry products are NOT helpful for all bladder conditions. In fact, cranberry can provoke increased urinary frequency, urgency, pressure and, as thousands of interstitial cystitis patients can attest to, severe pain and discomfort. Cranberry juice is known as the "acid-bomb" in IC patient support groups and has long [...]

By | 2017-07-21T07:46:46-07:00 September 23rd, 2014|Daily Facts|Comments Off on Daily Fact #23 – Cranberry Juice and IC

Daily Fact #22: Interstitial Cystitis and Botox

Botox is used for several bladder conditions When most people think of Botox, they think about wrinkles, preventing aging and, after treatment, a face that is oddly expressionless. Ironically, though, Botox has been used for the treatment several bladder conditions. Originally a Step 5 treatment option, in 2014 it was reduced to a Step 4 [...]

By | 2017-07-21T07:46:46-07:00 September 22nd, 2014|Announcements, Daily Facts|Comments Off on Daily Fact #22: Interstitial Cystitis and Botox