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Ideas for a Fun and IC Friendly Halloween

Though an IC diagnosis may seem like a horror story that will keep you from having fun ever again, it isn't. You can still have fun and celebrate. You are more than your bladder! And that's true even for a holiday that often revolves around chocolate candy. Halloween with IC doesn't have to be horrific. [...]

By |2021-10-04T15:44:03-07:00September 29th, 2021|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on Ideas for a Fun and IC Friendly Halloween

Introducing BladderTracker® – A New FREE app to track your IC symptoms and bladder health!

  BladderTracker™ is a new application designed for patients struggling with interstitial cystitis, overactive bladder and other urinary disorders. Far more than a voiding diary, this free application developed by the Interstitial Cystitis Network and Natural Approach Nutrition allows patients to track their symptoms, pain levels, sleep quality, diet, hydration, exercise level and even intimacy. [...]

By |2021-09-17T15:47:14-07:00September 15th, 2021|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on Introducing BladderTracker® – A New FREE app to track your IC symptoms and bladder health!

18 Relaxation Tips to Calm Your Anxiety and Stress

In the years I've lived with IC, I've gotten good at knowing my trigger foods and activities. I can avoid them and even listen to my body when I need to take it easy. However, controlling stress- and anxiety-induced flares is much more challenging. In the midst of everyday life and the demands placed on [...]

By |2021-09-01T10:57:41-07:00September 1st, 2021|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on 18 Relaxation Tips to Calm Your Anxiety and Stress

IC’s Related Conditions: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

“IC’s Related Conditions” series takes a look at conditions that can go hand-in-hand with IC. Not all patients have all of these conditions, but IC patients are more prone to be diagnosed with these conditions than the general population. (As always, this is not intended as medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Any [...]

By |2021-08-23T15:10:08-07:00August 23rd, 2021|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on IC’s Related Conditions: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Ten Tips for Dealing with IC at Work

IC is not something that can be left behind, so dealing with it in the workplace is a given for employed ICers. Some bosses and co-workers are compassionate, and some aren’t. No special formula exists to deal with IC at work, but there are some things to keep in mind along the way. 1. Decide [...]

By |2021-08-19T11:08:38-07:00August 19th, 2021|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on Ten Tips for Dealing with IC at Work

The Summer 2021 IC Optimist Is Now Available

The Summer issue of the IC Optimist is now available. Members can now download them from their membership pages in the ICN Shop. Print issues will be mailed via USPS later this week. This issue focuses on four delicate topics: pregnancy, malnutrition, migraine headaches and loneliness. As always, our goal is to help educate, inform and [...]

By |2021-09-02T20:12:25-07:00August 18th, 2021|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on The Summer 2021 IC Optimist Is Now Available

How Feelings of Shame Might be Making your IC Worse

About 15 years ago, I had just started an elimination diet to figure out why my IC symptoms were worse when a college friend called me. She was going to visit from out of town and wanted to go out to dinner. For a moment, I froze. I wasn't yet in the phase of the [...]

By |2021-07-15T12:24:17-07:00July 15th, 2021|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on How Feelings of Shame Might be Making your IC Worse

Summertime Fresh Fruit Worth Trying

Summertime is the time for fresh fruit to pop up everywhere from farmer's markets to grocery stores. Flavors are better and prices are lower. On hot summer days, fruit seems more refreshing than something heavier. However, some of us tend to treat fruit like the enemy. And, quite frankly, it can be the enemy when [...]

By |2021-06-30T14:54:24-07:00June 30th, 2021|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on Summertime Fresh Fruit Worth Trying

6 Unexpected Things that Flare your Pelvic Floor

These days you don't have to be around the IC community very long before you come across information about pelvic floor dysfunction. PFD often plays a role in pelvic pain for many patients -- both male and female. There are a variety of contributing factors for PFD from pregnancy to obesity to stress. Physical therapy [...]

By |2021-06-29T12:27:30-07:00June 24th, 2021|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on 6 Unexpected Things that Flare your Pelvic Floor

Managing Pregnancy and IC Together

Getting pregnant should be an exciting time, but for moms-to-be with IC, it can also be stressful. Though my oldest child was born nearly 12 years ago, I clearly remember my fears and anxiety of having a baby while also having IC. I worried how my symptoms would be throughout my pregnancy, what medications I [...]

By |2021-06-29T16:50:43-07:00June 16th, 2021|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on Managing Pregnancy and IC Together