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Dr. Phil Hanno presented the updated AUA Guidelines for the treatment of interstitial cystitis. First announced in 2011, the AUA Guidelines offer a comprehensive yet simple treatment plan for the diagnosis and treatment of interstitial cystitis. Presented in six phases, patients generally begin with Step One Interventions and then slowly work there way through additional levels. […]
The American Urological Association annual meeting is often the highlight of the year for researchers and clinicians working with interstitial cystitis. This year the conversations/lectures/research focused to a great degree on pelvic pain syndrome. One highlight was Drs. J. Curtis Nickel, Dan Shoskes and Michel Pontari who presented the cases of two men struggling with pelvic […]
IC Rising In Military Personnel
IC/BPS is found in many of our service members, veterans, and their beneficiaries. A deployment health report with a surveillance period from 2000 to 2009 identified IC/BPS annual incidence rates for the active duty populations of 80.4 and 4.3 per 100,000 patient-years among females and males respectively. This data is, I […]
The IC Optimist is the quarterly patient and provider magazine for members of the Interstitial Cystitis Network. Each quarterly issue contains practical, helpful and informative articles written by IC experts that will give you hope. From the latest research to interviews with the best clinicians in the world, we believe that you’ll find practical tips […]
Irritable bowel syndrome is a strongly related condition to interstitial cystitis and chronic pelvic pain. If you’re like most patients, you’ve probably faced doctors (and family members) who simply didn’t believe you and/or who may have suggested that this was a mental or psychiatric disorder. Not true and now we have concrete evidence that will […]
Editor’s Note – In 2011, the IC Network shared the work of Dr. Elliot Lander and the California Stem Cell Treatment Center & the Cell Surgical Network. Known as “regenerative medicine,” the goal of stem cell therapy is to encourage the body to repair tissues through the use of its own “growth factors” that are […]
If your bladder symptoms do not get worse after eating certain foods OR you do not struggle with pain BEFORE urination that suggests that your bladder wall is healthy. If, on the other hand, your pain is worse AFTER urination, your bladder symptoms may be originating in the pelvic floor muscles rather than the bladder […]
The most popular and some would argue effective bladder instillation treatment on the market today for interstitial cystitis is heparin and lidocaine. Heparin acts as a soothing bladder coating while lidocaine numbs the nerves in the bladder wall. As a result, many patients walk out of their urologists office feeling dramatically better. Granted, it may […]
Editors Note – It’s not unusual for IC and/or pelvic pain patients to use a variety of creams to help reduce pain. Today, the FDA issued an alert about flurbiprofen topical creams that could be fatal to companion animals (cats) in the household, apparently through exposure from the human who used the medication. Pet lovers […]
When Diet, Medications, Therapy, and Instillations Aren’t Enough
Sunday, April 19, 2015, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
The American Urological Association recommends six separate steps, ranging from less invasive to more intensive treatments for IC/PBS. Many of us have had success with treatments recommended in the first few steps of the guidelines, things such as medication, diet modification, instillations, and physical therapy.
But what if […]