Interstitial Cystitis

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

Interstitial cystitis is a pelvic pain condition that affects millions around the world. In the USA, epidemiological studies suggest that three to eight million women in the USA and one to four million men with IC may have symptoms of interstitial cystitis, as many as one out of every 26 people. Interstitial cystitis has been [...]

By |2022-09-01T21:19:01-07:00September 1st, 2022|Announcements, Daily Facts|Comments Off on IC Awareness Daily Fact #1: IC Affects Millions of People

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

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

Daily Fact #21 – Anxiety and IC

Got Anxiety AND IC? You are not alone! Do you struggle with anxiety disorder? Catastrophic thinking? Chronic overlapping pain conditions (IC, IBS, vulvodynia, fibromyalgia, TMJ, migraines, etc.)? New research from the Chronic Pain Research Alliance has identified that these patients struggle with a central nervous system maladaption (aka injury) that has left the brain in [...]

By |2022-09-27T16:13:41-07:00September 21st, 2014|Announcements, Daily Facts|Comments Off on Daily Fact #21 – Anxiety and IC

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

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

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

Patients with irritable bowel syndrome 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 of many medications used for IC, particularly pain medications, as well [...]

By |2021-09-17T15:14:17-07:00September 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 15% 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 |2020-09-12T14:25:40-07:00September 12th, 2014|Announcements, Daily Facts|Comments Off on IC Awareness Daily Fact #12 – Hunner’s Lesions Require Treatment

IC Awareness Daily Fact #10 – Children With IC/BPS Face Many Struggles

(By Jill Heidi Osborne, ICN President) It's hard enough to face pelvic pain as an adult, but can you imagine being a young child who can't sleep through the night, can't sit through class and who may not be believed by their families or doctors? Children as young as three years old have been diagnosed with [...]

By |2017-07-21T07:46:46-07:00September 10th, 2014|Announcements, Daily Facts|Comments Off on IC Awareness Daily Fact #10 – Children With IC/BPS Face Many Struggles

IC Awareness Daily Fact #9 – Patients Can Struggle To Find Medical Care Providers

If there was one common dream among IC patients, it's working with a knowledgeable and compassionate doctor who could treat all of their pelvic ills: the bladder, the pelvic floor, the bowel and, of course, the reproductive tract. Thankfully, a small but growing number of urologists and urogynecologists are moving in that direction, adding physical [...]

By |2020-09-12T14:02:33-07:00September 9th, 2014|Announcements, Daily Facts|Comments Off on IC Awareness Daily Fact #9 – Patients Can Struggle To Find Medical Care Providers