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Lidocaine Recall Could Affect Some Bladder (Rescue) Instillations

The FDA announced today that Teligent Pharma has issued world wide recall of lidocaine topical solution 4% because they found, at 18 months, that it was far stronger than originally intended. There is a chance that this solution has been, or is currently being, used in bladder instillations. This "super potent" lidocaine would result in a [...]

By |2021-10-13T13:57:43-07:00October 13th, 2021|Our Blog|Comments Off on Lidocaine Recall Could Affect Some Bladder (Rescue) Instillations

Bladder Regeneration Study Seeks Participants. A Very Rare Opportunity

Dr. Robert Evans of Wake Forest University contacted the ICN this weekend to ask if we could let people know about a groundbreaking new study that seeks to grow new bladder tissue using cutting edge bioengineering techniques. Yes, that means that they are growing new bladder tissue from a patients own cells. This is a [...]

By |2021-10-11T00:21:26-07:00October 11th, 2021|Our Blog, Research|Comments Off on Bladder Regeneration Study Seeks Participants. A Very Rare Opportunity

Ideas for a Fun and IC Friendly Halloween

Though an IC diagnosis may seem like a horror story that will keep you from having fun ever again, it isn't. You can still have fun and celebrate. You are more than your bladder! And that's true even for a holiday that often revolves around chocolate candy. Halloween with IC doesn't have to be horrific. [...]

By |2021-10-04T15:44:03-07:00September 29th, 2021|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on Ideas for a Fun and IC Friendly Halloween

Introducing BladderTracker® – A New FREE app to track your IC symptoms and bladder health!

  BladderTracker™ is a new application designed for patients struggling with interstitial cystitis, overactive bladder and other urinary disorders. Far more than a voiding diary, this free application developed by the Interstitial Cystitis Network and Natural Approach Nutrition allows patients to track their symptoms, pain levels, sleep quality, diet, hydration, exercise level and even intimacy. [...]

By |2021-09-17T15:47:14-07:00September 15th, 2021|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on Introducing BladderTracker® – A New FREE app to track your IC symptoms and bladder health!

Please Participate in the 2021 IC Awareness Month! We Need Your Voice & Story

Every year, IC patients around the world gather to share their IC stories, educate others and speak out. With joy at meeting others and making new IC friends as well as anger for those who have been treated poorly, this is a powerful moment for the IC patient community and we invite you to participate. [...]

By |2021-09-02T18:59:31-07:00September 2nd, 2021|Our Blog|Comments Off on Please Participate in the 2021 IC Awareness Month! We Need Your Voice & Story

18 Relaxation Tips to Calm Your Anxiety and Stress

In the years I've lived with IC, I've gotten good at knowing my trigger foods and activities. I can avoid them and even listen to my body when I need to take it easy. However, controlling stress- and anxiety-induced flares is much more challenging. In the midst of everyday life and the demands placed on [...]

By |2021-09-01T10:57:41-07:00September 1st, 2021|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on 18 Relaxation Tips to Calm Your Anxiety and Stress

COVID Associated Cystitis Is Real – IC Awareness Month Official Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 1, 2021 (Santa Rosa, CA) Since the onset of the pandemic, some COVID-19 patients have developed severe “de novo” (new) genitourinary symptoms, including urinary frequency greater than 13 voids per day, as well as the need to urinate 5 or more times  per night to relieve discomfort in their bladder.(1,2)  Cytokine [...]

By |2021-08-31T23:10:03-07:00August 31st, 2021|Awareness, Our Blog, Research|Comments Off on COVID Associated Cystitis Is Real – IC Awareness Month Official Press Release

IC’s Related Conditions: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

“IC’s Related Conditions” series takes a look at conditions that can go hand-in-hand with IC. Not all patients have all of these conditions, but IC patients are more prone to be diagnosed with these conditions than the general population. (As always, this is not intended as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Any [...]

By |2021-08-23T15:10:08-07:00August 23rd, 2021|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on IC’s Related Conditions: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Ten Tips for Dealing with IC at Work

IC is not something that can be left behind, so dealing with it in the workplace is a given for employed ICers. Some bosses and co-workers are compassionate, and some aren’t. No special formula exists to deal with IC at work, but there are some things to keep in mind along the way. 1. Decide [...]

By |2021-08-19T11:08:38-07:00August 19th, 2021|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on Ten Tips for Dealing with IC at Work

The Summer 2021 IC Optimist Is Now Available

The Summer issue of the IC Optimist is now available. Members can now download them from their membership pages in the ICN Shop. Print issues will be mailed via USPS later this week. This issue focuses on four delicate topics: pregnancy, malnutrition, migraine headaches and loneliness. As always, our goal is to help educate, inform and [...]

By |2021-09-02T20:12:25-07:00August 18th, 2021|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on The Summer 2021 IC Optimist Is Now Available