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Read the latest news about interstitial cystitis, bladder pain syndrome and related conditions in the ICN blog.

Lyme Disease and Interstitial Cystitis

If you are an IC patient not improving with treatment, it's time to be proactive and ask "Why am I getting worse?" and "Could something else be contributing to my pain? (i.e. pelvic floor dysfunction, UTI, candida, etc. etc)"  The AUA Guidelines for IC/BPS clearly state that if a patient is not responding to treatment and/or [...]

By |August 11th, 2016|Front Page Feed, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on Lyme Disease and Interstitial Cystitis

Summer 2016 IC Optimist Released

In the Summer 2016 IC Optimist: The summer issue of our flagship magazine, the IC Optimist, is now being delivered to our subscribers around the world. In this issue: (1) Editorial: Eight Potential Causes of Bladder Injury If you've wondered what could have triggered your IC symptoms, editor Jill Osborne offers a new editorial covering eight [...]

By |August 9th, 2016|Front Page Feed, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on Summer 2016 IC Optimist Released

IC Patient Develops Aortic Aneurysm After Using Cipro

New FDA Warning About Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics - When IC patient Naomi* was prescribed Cipro for a bladder infection several years ago, she had no idea that it would lead to a life threatening aortic aneurysm. She, and others, found both both answers and outrage in an FDA safety alert released in May which required a [...]

By |July 18th, 2016|Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, Research|Comments Off on IC Patient Develops Aortic Aneurysm After Using Cipro

New ICN Video – 2016 IC Treatment Options

Do You Know The Six Steps of Treatment For IC/BPS? This new "Living With IC" video was inspired by an IC patient who phoned our office last week. Diagnosed in 2004, she had been remission for ten years when her symptoms suddenly returned last month. She was in a lot of pain, not sure what [...]

By |July 17th, 2016|Front Page Feed, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on New ICN Video – 2016 IC Treatment Options

You Don’t Have To Pay To Be An IC Angel

IC Angel Program Honors Legacy Of Diane Manhatten Lopresti For the past couple of months, we've noticed that the Interstitial Cystitis Association has launched a new donor program called the "ICA Angel Society." We are greatly disappointed that they would invoke a name very similar to a program created by the IC Network in 2003 to honor [...]

By |July 8th, 2016|Front Page Feed, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on You Don’t Have To Pay To Be An IC Angel

IC Friendly Summer Salads – IC Diet Project

It’s summer and you know what that means; it’s time for salads! But, if you are a person with acid sensitivity you are probably asking yourself, “What can I put on my salads?” My answer is, “Plenty!” The fact is, salads don’t have to be acidic at all. The trick is to build the salad [...]

By |June 28th, 2016|Diet & Food, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on IC Friendly Summer Salads – IC Diet Project

Remarkable Patients With IC – Louisa Joy Wise, Musician

Introducing Louisa Joy Wise - Musician, Artist, Mother The healing power of music is undeniable. Whether you love rock, rap, folk or classical, music often makes us feel very VERY good. Louisa Joy Wise's music inspires happiness! Take a moment and listen and you hear not only an accomplished international fiddle player but a voice equal to many [...]

By |June 24th, 2016|Front Page Feed, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on Remarkable Patients With IC – Louisa Joy Wise, Musician

The DIPP Mystery – Why are IC patients deficient in some good bacteria?

Researchers have discovered that IC patients have significantly different levels and types of bacteria in our digestive tract (bowel) rather than our urinary tract (kidney, bladder). These distinct deficiencies (known as DIPP) hint that the lack of beneficial bacteria as well as an overabundance of pathogenic bacteria play a role in the cause and intensity of bladder and [...]

By |June 16th, 2016|Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, Research|Comments Off on The DIPP Mystery – Why are IC patients deficient in some good bacteria?

Spring 2016 IC Optimist Released

In the Spring 2016 IC Optimist: (1) Editorial: Does "Big Pharma" control the IC movement? Jill Osborne tackles the misperception that big pharma controls the IC movement. In fact, they walked away from IC more than a decade ago. Learn about the history and two promising new companies that may be investing in the future [...]

By |June 2nd, 2016|Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on Spring 2016 IC Optimist Released

IC & Bladder Friendly Sweet Tea

Are you a sweet tea addict? Whether you live in the southeast or the northwest, iced sweet teas are a staple for the hot, sometimes sweltering, days of summer. But, when you've got interstitial cystitis, overactive bladder or prostatitis, traditional black, oolong, green and chai teas are well known for triggering urinary frequency, urgency, pressure [...]

By |June 2nd, 2016|Diet & Food, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on IC & Bladder Friendly Sweet Tea