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Dressing for Success and Bladder Comfort

While I've never been a fashionista and couldn't care less about is on the runways each season, I do take pride in my appearance. I work from home and still wear makeup daily because it makes me feel good. My fashion style has always been about what I like and not what other people think. [...]

By |2020-01-21T09:55:50-08:00January 21st, 2020|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on Dressing for Success and Bladder Comfort

Fatigue Fighting Foods

Are you struggling with fatigue?? In need of energy to make it through the day? If you’re like many, you may have relied caffeine and fast carbs for a quick energy boost. The problem? They’ll give you a quick burst of energy but two hours later leave you feeling tired, brain fogged and craving yet [...]

By |2020-01-16T21:33:09-08:00January 16th, 2020|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on Fatigue Fighting Foods

The Highs & Lows of 2019 For The IC Community – What have we lost, learned and gained?

Every year, we take stock of our journey. What have we gained? What have we lost? What are the critical lessons that we've learned from the past year that have helped us to grow. The goal, of course, is to walk into the New Year stronger, more empowered and more active. Here is a short [...]

By |2020-01-16T17:04:53-08:00January 16th, 2020|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on The Highs & Lows of 2019 For The IC Community – What have we lost, learned and gained?

Fibroid Tumors and the Bladder – A Hidden Source of Urinary Symptoms

Many Patients With Fibroids Struggle With Bladder Symptoms Have you struggled with urinary symptoms that aren’t responding to traditional bladder treatments? Do you also struggle with painful cramping and/or intense bleeding? Uterine fibroid tumors (aka leiomyomas) might be a hidden source of your symptoms. A new research study has shown that when fibroid tumors are [...]

By |2020-01-01T21:53:28-08:00January 1st, 2020|Our Blog, Research|Comments Off on Fibroid Tumors and the Bladder – A Hidden Source of Urinary Symptoms

10 Ways to Reduce Your Holiday Spending

Holiday gift-giving, baking and decorating can be stressful for anyone. Tossing in IC adds even more stress. Pile on a slew of medical bills, and the holidays make some ICers wants to run and hide in their rooms until Jan. 1. But, there is hope. Whether you’re budgeting out of necessity or just to save [...]

By |2019-12-13T08:13:16-08:00December 13th, 2019|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on 10 Ways to Reduce Your Holiday Spending

Long-Term Pentosan (Elmiron) Use May Be Linked to Eye Disease

As a health publishing company dedicated to interstitial cystitis, it is our duty to share news which can impact you, the IC patient. Unfortunately, we must share some distressing news. If you have or are currently taking pentosan polysulfate PPS (brand name: Elmiron®) and are experiencing eye issues, researchers at the Emory Eye Center (Emory [...]

By |2019-12-11T17:02:06-08:00December 10th, 2019|Our Blog, Research|Comments Off on Long-Term Pentosan (Elmiron) Use May Be Linked to Eye Disease

Holiday Gift Ideas for IC Patients

As we get fully into the holiday season, that has us thinking about gifts. While IC patients have all sorts of unique hobbies, likes and dislikes, there are some items that most IC patients would love to have show up in shining wrapping paper this holiday season! This is a great time to save some [...]

By |2019-12-10T15:05:03-08:00November 26th, 2019|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on Holiday Gift Ideas for IC Patients

The Fall IC 2019 Optimist Patient Magazine Released

Our Fall IC Optimist was delayed this Fall due to a record six power outages for fire prevention here in Northern California. We apologize for the delay but without consistent power, internet, phones and mandatory evacuations we were very limited in what we can do. This issue is dedicated to the many "confusable conditions" that [...]

By |2019-11-22T21:40:43-08:00November 22nd, 2019|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on The Fall IC 2019 Optimist Patient Magazine Released

Ideas for Managing the IC Diet During the Holidays

November and December are probably the most notorious months for food. From family dinners and parties with friends to work gatherings and church potlucks, food is in abundance throughout the holiday season. Figuring out what to eat and what to avoid for your IC bladder can be challenging, especially if it’s your first holiday season [...]

By |2019-11-15T09:08:57-08:00November 15th, 2019|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on Ideas for Managing the IC Diet During the Holidays

10 Tips for Finding a Good Urologist

Maybe you’ve decided it’s time to break up with your current urologist. Or maybe you’re a new patient. Maybe your urologist recently retired, or you moved. Whatever the reason, looking for a new urologist can seem daunting, especially trying to locate one who knows about IC/BPS. To begin with, you need to determine what kind [...]

By |2019-10-17T08:45:23-07:00October 17th, 2019|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on 10 Tips for Finding a Good Urologist