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Self Help Tip – Don’t Let Fear of Physical Therapy Stop You

We’ve long passed those days when we believed that IC was an incurable bladder disease. Today, we consider IC/BPS a pelvic pain syndrome that can involve structures beyond the bladder, often the pelvic floor muscles. Dysfunctional pelvic floor muscles can trigger all of the symptoms we normally associate with the bladder, including frequency, urgency, pressure [...]

By |2018-11-28T00:23:56+00:00November 3rd, 2018|Front Page Feed, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, Jill's Journal, Self-Help Tips for IC, Bladder & Pelvic Pain|Comments Off on Self Help Tip – Don’t Let Fear of Physical Therapy Stop You

Tips for Managing Marriage and IC

Back in August of 1999, I was a 20-year-old college student excited to marry my high school sweetheart. I had bladder issues from the time I was 3. I was diagnosed with IC when I was 13. When I was 15, my husband asked me to be his girlfriend. As time went on, my symptoms [...]

By |2018-10-16T17:53:21+00:00September 29th, 2018|Front Page Feed, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on Tips for Managing Marriage and IC

IC Awareness Month Kicks Off – It’s time to tell our IC stories and speak our truth!

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, one of the most and misunderstood medical conditions. Each and every day, IC [...]

By |2018-08-31T20:28:42+00:00August 31st, 2018|Front Page Feed, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on IC Awareness Month Kicks Off – It’s time to tell our IC stories and speak our truth!

Back To School Strategies For Kids With IC

(By Jill Osborne) School has started here in California and for children and teens with IC it can create a lot of anxiety and uncertainty. Will they be given restroom access? Will they have teachers who support them? Will they make new friends and fit in? Will the bus ride be comfortable? Your goal as [...]

By |2018-08-16T13:35:27+00:00August 15th, 2018|Front Page Feed, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on Back To School Strategies For Kids With IC

Next Generation Urine Testing Now Available – Reveals Hidden and/or Chronic Bacterial & Fungal Infections

IC patients, especially those struggling with recurring flares, often wonder if they could have a chronic bacterial or fungal infection that is not being detected through traditional urine testing. A new, affordable and far more sensitive urine test, Next Generation DNA Sequencing, is now available that can identify both bacteria and fungi in a patients [...]

By |2018-09-07T14:33:30+00:00August 15th, 2018|Front Page Feed, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on Next Generation Urine Testing Now Available – Reveals Hidden and/or Chronic Bacterial & Fungal Infections

Self-Help Tip – Turning Self Doubt Into Self Confidence

Though my IC (i.e. bladder pain) officially began when I was 32, I spent much of my 20's struggling with many of the conditions we now know are related to IC. I had vulvodynia in high school and college that felt like a painful yeast infection. Despite many trips to the doctor, they rarely found [...]

By |2018-08-10T21:47:59+00:00August 10th, 2018|Awareness, Front Page Feed, Jill's Journal, Self Care, Self-Help Tips for IC, Bladder & Pelvic Pain|Comments Off on Self-Help Tip – Turning Self Doubt Into Self Confidence

Summer 2018 IC Optimist Now Available

We are delighted to announce that the Summer 2018 IC Optimist is now available. This expanded issue of our magazine not only covers all of the highlights of the 2018 American Urology Association meeting but also sets the stage for our 2018 IC Awareness Month Campaign. All subscribers can now download their copy from their [...]

By |2018-08-07T21:36:11+00:00August 7th, 2018|Front Page Feed, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on Summer 2018 IC Optimist Now Available

Are Medications Making You Constipated? Ten Smooth Move Tips

While IC patients are frequently in the bathroom to urinate, sometimes the very medicines recommended to help the condition cause another bathroom-related problem: constipation. And constipation causes increased discomfort in the pelvis, which is the last thing ICers need. According to the Harvard Medical School, some of the medicines that can cause constipation, especially in [...]

By |2018-06-03T16:57:26+00:00June 3rd, 2018|Front Page Feed, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, Self Care, Self-Help Tips for IC, Bladder & Pelvic Pain|Comments Off on Are Medications Making You Constipated? Ten Smooth Move Tips

Interstitial Cystitis or Chronic Prostatitis Job Accommodations Under the American’s With Disabilities Act

Are you struggling to maintain your job? Are you being denied restroom access?? Taunted for having to use the restroom? You are certainly not alone but thankfully there is a law that can help! The American's With Disability Act has helped tens of thousands of disabled people maintain their jobs and careers. Under the ADA [...]

By |2018-06-01T21:48:51+00:00June 1st, 2018|Front Page Feed, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on Interstitial Cystitis or Chronic Prostatitis Job Accommodations Under the American’s With Disabilities Act

Swimming Safety – You might want to avoid hotel swimming pools & hot tubs

While swimming is one of the best exercises you can do when you have IC and/or pelvic pain, think twice before using a hotel swimming pool or spa. The US Centers for Disease Control released a startling new research study that tracked infections and chemical trauma from swimming pools from 2000 to 2014. There were [...]

By |2018-05-22T23:32:14+00:00May 22nd, 2018|Front Page Feed, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on Swimming Safety – You might want to avoid hotel swimming pools & hot tubs