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Nancy Larson PT, WCS Named 2018 Physical Therapist of the Year

We are delighted to announce that Nancy Larson PT, WCS (Creative Therapeutics Physical Therapy) has been selected as the 2018 Physical Therapist of the Year. Every year, the IC Awareness Month campaign accepts nominations for medical care providers working with IC and pelvic pain who are compassionate, supportive, knowledgeable and caring.  Nancy's nomination shows that [...]

By |2019-06-15T12:22:57-07:00April 9th, 2019|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on Nancy Larson PT, WCS Named 2018 Physical Therapist of the Year

How to Manage your Health During Hard Times

One tip for avoiding IC flares is to manage stress. It’s right up there with diet and hormones when it comes to triggering IC symptoms. But there are times stress not only can’t be avoided but it kicks us in the face. Unfortunately, crises happen in life. We lose loved ones. We lose our main [...]

By |2019-04-02T11:16:37-07:00April 2nd, 2019|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on How to Manage your Health During Hard Times

A Common Virus Could be the Cause of IC in Some Patients

Last year the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) made news in a couple of ways that could aid researchers in determining the root cause of interstitial cystitis in some patients. EBV is one of the most common human viruses and is found globally.(1) It most often causes infectious mononucleosis, which you might know better as mono or [...]

By |2019-03-28T11:02:56-07:00March 26th, 2019|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on A Common Virus Could be the Cause of IC in Some Patients

Winter 2019 IC Optimist Released

The latest IC Optimist has been released and is available for download or purchase. It is in the process of being mailed to our members. This issue is dedicated to the many variants of IC. From fibroids to gut dysbiosis, lyme disease to endometriosis, there are many potential triggers for the symptoms we associate with [...]

By |2019-03-23T15:03:00-07:00March 23rd, 2019|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on Winter 2019 IC Optimist Released

LiRIS device for Interstitial Cystitis & Hunner’s Lesions DEPRIORITIZED by Allergan

It is with a heavy heart that we announce that Allergan has apparently abandoned work with LiRIS, the first treatment in history to heal the worst form of IC, Hunner's lesions, in some patients. Dr. Daniel Radecki, Executive Director of Clinical Development at Allergan, shared the news that "The LiRIS program has been deprioritized" in [...]

By |2019-02-21T13:02:38-07:00February 21st, 2019|Our Blog, Research|Comments Off on LiRIS device for Interstitial Cystitis & Hunner’s Lesions DEPRIORITIZED by Allergan

Valentines Day, Intimacy and IC

I apologize in advance if this column offends anyone but we do, on occasion, need to talk about intimacy and how IC can impact that. For those of you who know me, you know that I'm very direct about the issues that we struggle with. I believe that IC can strengthen rather than weaken our [...]

By |2019-02-13T12:56:33-07:00February 13th, 2019|Front Page Feed, Jill's Journal, Our Blog, Self-Help Tips for IC, Bladder & Pelvic Pain|Comments Off on Valentines Day, Intimacy and IC

Do Childhood Bladder Symptoms Predict IC as an Adult?

While many studies have been done around IC and its often companion condition, IBS, very few studies have been done looking at how childhood bladder symptoms predict or affect patients in adulthood. But, that is slowly changing. In August 2017, researchers from the Department of Urology at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, and the [...]

By |2019-04-06T13:34:54-07:00February 12th, 2019|Our Blog, Research|Comments Off on Do Childhood Bladder Symptoms Predict IC as an Adult?

The Dangers of Cipro & Levaquin – Have you been floxed?

When we are prescribed an antibiotic, we are under the assumption that the antibiotic is going to kill, and only kill, bacteria that might be causing an infection. What if that antibiotic also kills mammalian (human) cells... cells that are imperative to our life and our body functions? Researchers now believe that this is exactly [...]

By |2019-02-03T19:59:56-07:00February 3rd, 2019|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on The Dangers of Cipro & Levaquin – Have you been floxed?

2019 Cold & Flu Survey Results – IC Friendly Tips & Strats!

Not sure what you can take to ease your sore throat, cough or flu symptoms without triggering an IC flare? Every few years we survey patients to find out what works best for them. This year, more than 100 patients shared their best cold and flu tips and strategies. In general, products containing honey were, [...]

By |2019-01-18T20:28:22-07:00January 17th, 2019|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on 2019 Cold & Flu Survey Results – IC Friendly Tips & Strats!