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Daily Fact #21 – Anxiety and IC

Got Anxiety AND IC? You are not alone! It might surprise you to learn that anxiety is a strongly related condition to IC and pelvic pain. It was the human genome project which made the connection. Researchers trying to determine which section of the human genome correlated with anxiety discovered that a large, distinct subgroup [...]

By | 2017-07-21T07:46:46-07:00 September 21st, 2014|Announcements, Daily Facts|Comments Off on Daily Fact #21 – Anxiety and IC

Daily Fact #20 – Exercise and IC

Has IC or pelvic pain prevented you from exercising? If so, you are certainly not alone. Exercises which jar, traumatize or put pressure on the pelvic floor and bladder, such as: running, stair master and/or sitting on a bicycle. On the other hand, exercises which protect the pelvis and keep the hips level are ideal [...]

By | 2017-07-21T07:46:46-07:00 September 20th, 2014|Announcements, Daily Facts|Comments Off on Daily Fact #20 – Exercise and IC

Daily Fact #19 – The Cost of IC Treatments & Drug Assistance Programs

Drug Assistance Programs Can Help Patients Struggling To Pay For Treatment There is no doubt that the cost of treating interstitial cystitis and bladder pain syndrome are increasing. Elmiron, the only FDA approved oral medication for IC, can now cost some patients more than $1500 per month. Bladder instillations can cost several hundred dollars per [...]

By | 2017-07-21T07:46:46-07:00 September 19th, 2014|Announcements, Daily Facts|Comments Off on Daily Fact #19 – The Cost of IC Treatments & Drug Assistance Programs

Daily Fact #18 – Stress and Interstitial Cystitis

Almost every IC patient learns that stress can exacerbate and/or worsen their IC symptoms. Why? When our body is under stress, the "fight or flight" mechanism is triggered. Our body prepares to fight for its life and/or to flee, even in situations that aren't life threatening. The heart and lungs accelerate. Digestion slows and stops. [...]

By | 2017-07-21T07:46:46-07:00 September 18th, 2014|Announcements, Daily Facts|Comments Off on Daily Fact #18 – Stress and Interstitial Cystitis

Daily Fact #17 – Men With IC

Interstitial Cystitis (IC/BPS) affects men of all ages, from high school students to seniors, air force pilots to Hollywood actors. Many, if not most, have been misdiagnosed with chronic prostatitis, often for years, before they receive a correct diagnosis. You might also be surprised to learn that IC/BPS has been tracked in high numbers in [...]

By | 2017-07-21T07:46:46-07:00 September 17th, 2014|Announcements, Daily Facts|Comments Off on Daily Fact #17 – Men With IC

Daily Fact #16 – IC Makes Sleep Difficult

IC patients often experience their most uncomfortable symptoms at night when distractions are fewer and they notice their bladder symptoms more. They may feel a constant need to urinate or an uncomfortable sensation of bladder fullness that is very difficult to ignore. Getting up once or twice a night might be manageable but having more [...]

By | 2017-07-21T07:46:46-07:00 September 16th, 2014|Announcements, Daily Facts|Comments Off on Daily Fact #16 – IC Makes Sleep Difficult

Daily Fact #15 – Disability and IC

Patients with more severe IC who are unable to work may apply for disability benefits in your state our country. In the USA, there are four different types of disability insurance. Private Disability Insurance Private Disability Insurance is usually obtained through your employer if they offer disability benefits. In general, private disability insurance kicks in [...]

By | 2017-07-21T07:46:46-07:00 September 15th, 2014|Announcements, Daily Facts|Comments Off on Daily Fact #15 – Disability and IC

Daily Fact #14: Bladder surgery is rarely used for IC/BPS

Bladder surgery is rarely considered for the treatment of IC. In the AUA Treatment Guidelines, surgical intervention is classified as a STEP SIX treatment. Using those guidelines, the patient should have first tried and failed treatments from STEP ONE through STEP FIVE, including diet modification, OTC supplements, oral medications, bladder instillations, physical therapy, Hunner's lesion [...]

By | 2017-07-21T07:46:46-07:00 September 14th, 2014|Announcements, Daily Facts|Comments Off on Daily Fact #14: Bladder surgery is rarely used for IC/BPS

IC Awareness Daily Fact #13 – The IC and IBS Connection

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is commonly found in patients who have interstitial cystitis (IC). IBS patients can suffer from chronic diarrhea, chronic constipation and/or a combination of both. One hallmark symptom is intense cramping, often occurring after eating a problem food or beverage containing caffeine, MSG or chocolate. Constipation can also be a side effect [...]

By | 2017-07-21T07:46:46-07:00 September 13th, 2014|Announcements, Daily Facts|Comments Off on IC Awareness Daily Fact #13 – The IC and IBS Connection

IC Awareness Daily Fact #12 – Hunner’s Lesions Require Treatment

Approximately 5% of IC patients have profound, extremely painful areas of inflammation in the bladder wall known as Hunner’s Lesions (formerly Hunner's Ulcers). These larger, bleeding wounds in the bladder represent the most severe form of interstitial cystitis and bladder pain syndrome. Research released in 2014 (Van Der AA, et al. ) found that Hunner's lesions [...]

By | 2017-07-21T07:46:46-07:00 September 12th, 2014|Announcements, Daily Facts|Comments Off on IC Awareness Daily Fact #12 – Hunner’s Lesions Require Treatment