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About Stacey Shannon

Stacey Shannon is a freelance journalist and copywriter based in Indiana. With both a B.A. and M.A. in journalism from Ball State University, she has been working as a full-time freelancer since 2002. In that time she’s had nearly 1,000 articles in various local, regional, national and international publications and worked with numerous copywriting clients. An IC'er, Stacey has written dozens of feature articles for the IC Network and the IC Optimist magazine. You can also find her at Families with Grace.

A Popular Allergy Medicine May Help IC Symptoms

Do you struggle with increased IC flares and bladder symptoms during allergy season? Antihistamines are listed as Step Two treatment options in the AUA guidelines for IC/BPS. Why?  Because the bladder wall contains the same kind of mast cells that also generate typical allergy symptoms.  Hydroxyzine HCL (Atarax) and hydroxyzine pamoate (Vistaril) have helped many [...]

By |2018-11-03T19:26:39+00:00October 26th, 2018|Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, Research, Treatments|Comments Off on A Popular Allergy Medicine May Help IC Symptoms

Tips for Managing Marriage and IC

Back in August of 1999, I was a 20-year-old college student excited to marry my high school sweetheart. I had bladder issues from the time I was 3. I was diagnosed with IC when I was 13. When I was 15, my husband asked me to be his girlfriend. As time went on, my symptoms [...]

By |2018-10-16T17:53:21+00:00September 29th, 2018|Front Page Feed, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on Tips for Managing Marriage and IC

Are Medications Making You Constipated? Ten Smooth Move Tips

While IC patients are frequently in the bathroom to urinate, sometimes the very medicines recommended to help the condition cause another bathroom-related problem: constipation. And constipation causes increased discomfort in the pelvis, which is the last thing ICers need. According to the Harvard Medical School, some of the medicines that can cause constipation, especially in [...]

By |2018-06-03T16:57:26+00:00June 3rd, 2018|Front Page Feed, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, Self Care, Self-Help Tips for IC, Bladder & Pelvic Pain|Comments Off on Are Medications Making You Constipated? Ten Smooth Move Tips

How To Get Better Sleep With IC

Are your IC symptoms keeping you up at night, causing you to feel as tired in the morning as you do when you go to bed? Nighttime is hard for IC patients. We lie in bed with nothing to distract us from the pain and have to get up to use the bathroom one more [...]

By |2018-05-03T15:58:12+00:00May 2nd, 2018|Front Page Feed, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on How To Get Better Sleep With IC

Key IC & Pelvic Pain Studies From The MAPP Research Network in 2017 – Time to get your nerd on!

A decade into the Multidisciplinary Approach to the Study of Chronic Pelvic Pain (MAPP) Research Network and the research is still going strong. In 2017, the MAPP Network published 12 articles of its findings in various medical journals. Researchers from throughout the United States and Canada continue to work together and join resources to make [...]

By |2018-04-25T14:06:41+00:00April 12th, 2018|Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, Research|Comments Off on Key IC & Pelvic Pain Studies From The MAPP Research Network in 2017 – Time to get your nerd on!

Manuka Honey & The Bladder

Research Studies Explore Manuka Honey's Potential For Treating UTI and IC Honey offers a natural sweetener for food as well other popular uses like soothing sore throats, coughs and burns. However, recent studies out of the U.K. have found that Manuka honey can have therapeutic benefits specifically for the bladder.(1) (2) Manuka honey is produced by [...]

By |2018-04-04T22:35:50+00:00February 26th, 2018|Front Page Feed, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on Manuka Honey & The Bladder

IC Patients & Vitamin C Can Get Along

All too often when IC patients hear about food that is high in vitamin C, we go running far away from it in fear of it irritating our bladders. I’ve had dreams of eating citrus fruit and even in my sleep, I was scared of how much it was going to make me hurt. I’ve [...]

By |2018-02-07T12:48:10+00:00February 7th, 2018|Diet & Food, IC Diet Project, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on IC Patients & Vitamin C Can Get Along

Ten Tips For Talking IC With Friends & Family

Talking about IC with friends and family who don’t know anything about it can be hard. I struggle to find the right words to say to best describe how I feel without sounding like I’m whining or looking for pity yet also not downplaying how I feel and the impact it has on my life. [...]

By |2018-01-16T22:59:14+00:00January 16th, 2018|Front Page Feed, Self Care, Self-Help Tips for IC, Bladder & Pelvic Pain|Comments Off on Ten Tips For Talking IC With Friends & Family