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IC Awareness Daily Fact #21 – Anxiety and IC Are Strongly Related Conditions

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

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New IC Awareness Month Contest – What’s Your IC Story? $100 Prize

Allright my fellow IC patients. It’s time to start what I believe is the most important and meaningful contest for IC Awareness Month! What’s your IC story Why: Every patient story is

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IC Awareness 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

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IC Awareness Daily Fact #19 – Drug Assistance Programs and IC/BPS

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

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IC Awareness Daily Fact #18 – Stress and IC

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

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IC Awareness Daily Fact #17 – Millions of Men Struggle With IC Too

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

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IC Awareness Daily Fact #16 – IC And Sleep

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

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IC Awareness Daily Fact #15 – Disability Benefits May Be Available

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

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IC Awareness Daily Fact #14: Surgery is Rarely Used To Treat 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

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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.

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