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I was fine until I wasn’t – Jill’s Journal – Hysterectomy & Possible Uterine Cancer

ICN Education & Support Phone Line Will Be Closed While Jill Recovers From Surgery Next week I’ll be recovering from an urgent hysterectomy and waiting anxiously for my uterine biopsy results. This saga began last fall when I started spotting. Of course, I hadn’t had a period in about two years so contacted my doctor [...]

Medical Organizations Swiftly Reject TrumpCare Passage

The sudden and swift passage of TrumpCare yesterday as created turmoil in patient groups around the USA. By leaving in an option in the bill that would allow states to apply for a waiver to raise the price of premiums for patients struggling with pre-existing conditions, disabled and elderly patients are deeply concerned that [...]

By | 2017-05-05T18:16:17+00:00 May 5th, 2017|Front Page Feed, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on Medical Organizations Swiftly Reject TrumpCare Passage

2016 PT of the Year – Sarah Conley PT, DPT & WCS

We are very pleased to announce that Sarah Conley PT, DPT & WCS (Conway Regional Health System) has been awarded the 2016 Physical Therapist of the Year. Votes were collected throughout Fall 2016 as part of the international IC Awareness Month campaign. We asked  patients to nominate both physical therapists and doctors who treated them with compassion, [...]

By | 2017-04-03T14:20:33+00:00 March 30th, 2017|Front Page Feed, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on 2016 PT of the Year – Sarah Conley PT, DPT & WCS

2016 IC Doctor Of The Year – Dr. Robert Evans

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Robert Evans (Wake Forest Baptist Health) has, for a second year in a row, been voted the 2016 IC Doctor of the Year during our annual IC Awareness Month campaign.  Hundreds of patients nominated and voted for doctors who they believe had treated them with kindness, respect and with excellent knowledge [...]

By | 2017-03-31T11:25:36+00:00 March 20th, 2017|Front Page Feed, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on 2016 IC Doctor Of The Year – Dr. Robert Evans

Eight Potential Causes of Bladder Injury

Perhaps the most important question that physicians and patients have asked is “how and why does the bladder wall break down in some patients with IC?” It’s the root question that we all want the answer to. Let’s consider eight possible causes of bladder injury. 1 - Chemical Exposure The first and most logical assumption [...]

By | 2017-02-27T21:08:48+00:00 February 27th, 2017|Front Page Feed, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on Eight Potential Causes of Bladder Injury

IC Optimist Winter 2017 Released

We are happy to announce the release of the IC Optimist Winter 2017 edition. The IC Optimist is the quarterly magazine of the IC Network. Your subscription and/or purchase helps to underwrite our IC Support Services, advocacy efforts, Patient Support Line and IC Awareness Month! We thank you for your support! Our work could not [...]

By | 2017-02-24T19:31:54+00:00 February 24th, 2017|Front Page Feed, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on IC Optimist Winter 2017 Released

Chemotherapy and IC – Tips To Protect Your Bladder

Chemo Induced Cystitis Can Be Devastating For IC Patients - Joy*, a 73 year old woman, contacted our office in a dire situation. She had been diagnosed with IC last June. Just three months later, she received a second diagnosis of breast cancer (Stage 2B). After a mastectomy she began chemotherapy treatment. Of course, she [...]

By | 2017-02-21T22:50:52+00:00 February 21st, 2017|Front Page Feed, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on Chemotherapy and IC – Tips To Protect Your Bladder

Best IC Research, News, Blogs & Videos From 2016

From the finding that IC patients in flares often have candida in their urine, to the discovery that our gut biome is deficient in important bacteria, here are some of our favorite stories from 2016. #1 - Best Research of 2016 Some IC Flares Are Caused by Candida It's impossible to estimate the number of times [...]

By | 2017-01-31T08:17:38+00:00 January 7th, 2017|Front Page Feed, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on Best IC Research, News, Blogs & Videos From 2016

The Interstitial Cystitis Solution The Best Book on IC in 20 years!

Written by Nicole and Jesse Cozean, the Interstitial Cystitis Solution is the best book written about interstitial cystitis in twenty years. If you are newly diagnosed with IC/BPS, it will give you a road map on how to approach your treatment and self care. If you’re a grizzled IC veteran, it provides the latest information [...]

By | 2017-01-31T08:18:24+00:00 December 9th, 2016|Front Page Feed, ICN Shop & Mail Order Center|Comments Off on The Interstitial Cystitis Solution The Best Book on IC in 20 years!

Hunner’s Lesions Should Be Considered A Separate Disease

As we’ve discussed in earlier issues of the IC Optimist, many clinicians and researchers around the world now believe that there are distinct variations and/or subtypes in the IC patient population. While there is considerable debate of proposed subtyping systems, most agree that the roughly 10% of patients who struggle with Hunner’s lesions have a [...]

By | 2017-01-18T12:01:11+00:00 November 9th, 2016|Front Page Feed, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on Hunner’s Lesions Should Be Considered A Separate Disease