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Researchers Disagree on How Aging Impacts IC Symptoms

So many topics in the realm of IC are murky at best. The effect of aging on bladder symptoms is one of those topics. Some patients say getting older has made their symptoms worse. Others say no. Doctors have similar discrepancies, yet, not many studies have examined how age affects IC symptoms. Survey finds worsening symptoms [...]

By |2019-09-11T08:30:54-07:00September 11th, 2019|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on Researchers Disagree on How Aging Impacts IC Symptoms

Is Interstitial Cystitis The Result of Chronic Infection?

Whether you’re newly diagnosed or a grizzled IC veteran, you’ve probably seen more than just a few disagreements in the IC world. What treatment works? What’s the best diet? Do subtypes work? Flash back 20 years and there was one single question that dominated every IC support group meeting. Is IC caused by infection? Though [...]

By |2019-09-06T16:23:23-07:00September 6th, 2019|Our Blog, Research|Comments Off on Is Interstitial Cystitis The Result of Chronic Infection?

September is IC Awareness Month!! We Need Your Help

(From Jill Osborne MA) September is the most important month for the IC movement. This is the time that we gather together, share our stories, educate our communities, seek out patients who are suffering in silence and work, as a group, to raise awareness about IC/BPS. Each and every day, IC patients struggle to find [...]

By |2019-09-05T14:05:23-07:00September 2nd, 2019|Awareness, Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on September is IC Awareness Month!! We Need Your Help

Gaming May be Just What the Doctor Ordered

Back in the early 1980s, video games were mostly being played by kids in arcades. Now, nearly 40 years later, that scene has changed. In fact, a recent study found that 67% of Americans play video games regularly – mostly on smartphones and tablets.(1) And that doesn’t even take into account games played outside of [...]

By |2019-08-30T06:55:32-07:00August 30th, 2019|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on Gaming May be Just What the Doctor Ordered

Why You Should Consider Mirabegron Instead of Ditropan or Detrol – Anticholinergic Medications Often Prescribed To IC patients Linked to Dementia

For interstitial cystitis and overactive bladder patients struggling with intense urinary frequency and urgency, physicians often prescribe anticholinergic medications such as Amitryptiline (Elavil), imipramine (Tofranil) or Nortryptiline (Pamelor), Oxybutynin (Ditropan, Oytrol) or Tolteradine (Detrol). Unfortunately, their use has now been linked to cognitive decline and dementia in some patients who use it daily for long [...]

By |2019-08-22T23:13:27-07:00August 22nd, 2019|Latest Research, Our Blog, Research|Comments Off on Why You Should Consider Mirabegron Instead of Ditropan or Detrol – Anticholinergic Medications Often Prescribed To IC patients Linked to Dementia

CDC Admits Opioid Guidelines Being Misapplied to Chronic Pain Patients

Back in 2016, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention released a guideline for primary care physicians treating patients 18 and older on how to prescribe and use opioid medications in response to the growing opioid addiction rates in the United States.(1) The CDC said the purpose of the guideline was to help primary care [...]

By |2019-08-22T15:01:04-07:00August 22nd, 2019|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on CDC Admits Opioid Guidelines Being Misapplied to Chronic Pain Patients

The Most Popular OTC Supplements of 2019

There are several supplements that IC patients have turned to in light of the new research that has linked Elmiron to eye disease, as well as the traditional antidepressants (Elavil, etc.) and bladder antimuscarinics (Detrol, Ditropan) to dementia and cognitive decline.  Here is our supplement review as of Summer 2019. FOR BLADDER, GUT & BODY [...]

By |2019-08-15T23:43:08-07:00August 13th, 2019|Front Page Feed, ICN Shop & Mail Order Center, Our Blog|Comments Off on The Most Popular OTC Supplements of 2019

20 Ideas for Outdoor Summer Fun with IC

Being active with IC can seem nearly impossible. It’s hard to find motivation to get outdoors and do something when you don’t feel well, and you are worried about making your pain worse. But our bodies need activity and sunshine. (Hello, vitamin D!) Our families want to spend time with us doing summer activities. And [...]

By |2019-08-22T09:24:14-07:00July 25th, 2019|Exercise & Fitness, Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on 20 Ideas for Outdoor Summer Fun with IC

Colonoscopy Tips For IC Patients – IC flares rarely happen!

It's a reality we all eventually face, the dreaded colonoscopy. This vital test is recommended after the age of 50 and can help detect early cancers in the GI tract. Despite its potential life saving effect, many patients go out of their way to avoid the test for a variety of reasons. For some, it's [...]

By |2019-07-23T14:21:33-07:00July 23rd, 2019|Front Page Feed, Our Blog, Self-Help Tips for IC, Bladder & Pelvic Pain|Comments Off on Colonoscopy Tips For IC Patients – IC flares rarely happen!

Special double issue of the IC Optimist is now available – Keeping you strong, informed and empowered about IC/BPS

The Late Spring/Early Summer 2019 Issue of the IC Optimist is jam packed with the latest information, news, research results and summer tips for patients living with interstitial cystitis and pelvic pain. In this issue, we explore the role of infection in some IC patients. We happily announce the 2018 medical care providers of the year. [...]

By |2019-08-22T23:11:05-07:00July 11th, 2019|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on Special double issue of the IC Optimist is now available – Keeping you strong, informed and empowered about IC/BPS