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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 |2019-07-23T14:21:33-08:00July 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 |2019-08-22T23:11:05-08:00July 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

10 Ways to Stop Catastrophizing in its Tracks — And Why it’s Important for Your IC Pain Management

Interstitial cystitis is a condition that ebbs and flows. Symptoms can be better some days and awful on other days. I have gone for months at a time with my IC symptoms mostly controlled through diet and medication and then suddenly a flare hits out of nowhere. I cannot even begin to count the number [...]

By |2019-07-19T23:11:36-08:00June 25th, 2019|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on 10 Ways to Stop Catastrophizing in its Tracks — And Why it’s Important for Your IC Pain Management

10 Ways to Survive Summer Cookout Season on the IC Diet

As we move forward into the full-swing of summer, cookout season is at its peak. While having friends and family over for a cookout or attending one you’re invited to can be fun, it can also be challenging when you are limited by your IC diet. Instead of just saying no and missing out on [...]

By |2019-06-10T09:56:56-08:00June 10th, 2019|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on 10 Ways to Survive Summer Cookout Season on the IC Diet

New Cystoprotek® Cancer Warning

Our last order of CystoProtek® came with an unwelcome surprise, a new cancer warning on the bottle. Required by Proposition 65, a California based law that requires that any product or ingredient associated with cancer be clearly labelled, the CystoProtek® bottle now says “Warning: Cancer & Reproductive Harm (Prop. 65).” After a week long delay, the [...]

By |2019-06-09T19:20:36-08:00May 28th, 2019|Consumer Alerts, Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on New Cystoprotek® Cancer Warning

What You Need to Know About CBD Oil

Chances are really good you’ve heard about CBD oil. It’s been making rounds through social media and is seemingly everywhere touting benefits for everything from pain to sleep to anxiety to epilepsy. It has become a huge industry with analysts predicting the market in the United States will reach $1 billion by 2020.(1) But, what [...]

By |2019-06-22T13:03:45-08:00May 27th, 2019|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on What You Need to Know About CBD Oil

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 |2019-05-01T12:40:23-08:00April 30th, 2019|Our Blog, Research|Comments Off on Long-Term Pentosan (Elmiron) Use May Be Linked to Eye Disease

Bladder endometriosis can mimic IC symptoms

Endometriosis is often talked about by IC patients, because the two conditions co-exist in a lot of IC patients. A study in 2007 reported that 66 percent of patients had both IC and endometriosis while endometriosis.org puts that number higher at 80 to 90 percent.(1)(2) No matter which figures are correct, the connection between the [...]

By |2019-04-29T11:16:38-08:00April 29th, 2019|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on Bladder endometriosis can mimic IC symptoms

Ashley Corby Uses Comedy to Spread the Word about IC

As an IC patient, Ashley Corby can spend a lot of time in the bathroom. And that’s exactly where she was back in 2010 when a friend signed her up for open mic night. While she had been told she ought to try doing stand-up comedy, she hadn’t actually tried it before. That night changed [...]

By |2019-04-17T07:52:02-08:00April 17th, 2019|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on Ashley Corby Uses Comedy to Spread the Word about IC

Heather Irwin Named 2018 IC Nurse of the Year

At every successful IC and pelvic pain clinic, there is often someone on staff who becomes the lifeline for their patient community.  They work behind the scenes to provide support and encouragement to patients who are struggling. For the newly diagnosed, they take the time to educate and inform. For patients in flares, they take [...]

By |2019-04-15T20:21:58-08:00April 15th, 2019|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on Heather Irwin Named 2018 IC Nurse of the Year