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How To Get Better Sleep With IC

Are your IC symptoms keeping you up at night, causing you to feel as tired in the morning as you do when you go to bed? Nighttime is hard for IC patients. We lie in bed with nothing to distract us from the pain and have to get up to use the bathroom one more [...]

By |2018-05-03T15:58:12+00:00May 2nd, 2018|Front Page Feed, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on How To Get Better Sleep With IC

The 2017 IC/BPS Physical Therapist of the Year is Nicole Cozean PT, DPT, WCS, CSCS

When Nicole Cozean released her book "The Interstitial Cystitis Solution" in 2016, we knew that she was dedicated to the treatment of not only IC but also pelvic pain. She is one of the few Board-Certified pelvic physical therapists in the country and opened her Orange County CA clinic, PelvicSanity, to "restore sanity for patients [...]

By |2018-04-25T13:50:19+00:00April 9th, 2018|Front Page Feed, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on The 2017 IC/BPS Physical Therapist of the Year is Nicole Cozean PT, DPT, WCS, CSCS

The Votes Are In! The 2017 IC/BPS Doctor Of The Year is Dr. Robert Evans MD (Wake Forest University)

Every year during the September IC Awareness Month Campaign, we ask IC patients to nominate clinicians (doctors, physical therapists, nurses) who have treated them with compassion, respect and effective treatments. Nominations are often incredibly heartfelt with patients sharing personal stories of clinicians (and their staff)  who listen to their struggles, who patiently explain treatment options [...]

By |2018-04-25T13:50:39+00:00April 6th, 2018|Front Page Feed, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on The Votes Are In! The 2017 IC/BPS Doctor Of The Year is Dr. Robert Evans MD (Wake Forest University)

Winter Spring 2018 IC Optimist – Expanded Edition

The Winter/Spring 2018 IC Optimist, the magazine for our ICN members, is a special expanded issue which covers a very delicate topic: intimacy, sexuality and interstitial cystitis. Also in this issue: (1) Editorial: Why The IC Network Left Facebook - If you’ve been paying attention to the news, you’re probably aware that Facebook has come under increasing [...]

By |2018-04-04T22:35:14+00:00March 28th, 2018|Front Page Feed, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on Winter Spring 2018 IC Optimist – Expanded Edition

Manuka Honey & The Bladder

Research Studies Explore Manuka Honey's Potential For Treating UTI and IC Honey offers a natural sweetener for food as well other popular uses like soothing sore throats, coughs and burns. However, recent studies out of the U.K. have found that Manuka honey can have therapeutic benefits specifically for the bladder.(1) (2) Manuka honey is produced by [...]

By |2018-04-04T22:35:50+00:00February 26th, 2018|Front Page Feed, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on Manuka Honey & The Bladder

Why The IC Network Walked Away From Facebook

A few weeks ago I followed my heart and deactivated the IC Network Facebook page. It's still there just hidden until I feel that Facebook has become a safe, supportive environment again. The straw that broke the camels back was when I made a blog about the sexual harassment that some IC patients have experienced [...]

By |2018-03-02T13:49:16+00:00February 16th, 2018|Front Page Feed, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on Why The IC Network Walked Away From Facebook

Ten Tips For Talking IC With Friends & Family

Talking about IC with friends and family who don’t know anything about it can be hard. I struggle to find the right words to say to best describe how I feel without sounding like I’m whining or looking for pity yet also not downplaying how I feel and the impact it has on my life. [...]

By |2018-01-16T22:59:14+00:00January 16th, 2018|Front Page Feed, Self Care, Self-Help Tips for IC, Bladder & Pelvic Pain|Comments Off on Ten Tips For Talking IC With Friends & Family

We must end sexual health harassment – IC/BPS and the #MeToo Movement

The #METOO movement is a rallying cry for generations of women, men and children who have been abused. From despicable bosses who required sexual favors for professional advancement to those who believed that their wealth entitled them to prey on the vulnerable, it is time that that we stand up for those who have been [...]

By |2018-02-16T17:07:51+00:00January 8th, 2018|Front Page Feed, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on We must end sexual health harassment – IC/BPS and the #MeToo Movement

Should We Travel During IC Flares? Staying Home During The Holidays May Be Important

Here’s one of the most frustrating questions that IC patients often struggle with. “Should or shouldn’t we go to Grandma’s House for a holiday celebration if IC is flaring?” In my first year of IC, my family really didn’t understand what I was struggling with nor the intensity of my pain and discomfort. I freely [...]

By |2017-12-21T15:39:14+00:00December 21st, 2017|Front Page Feed|Comments Off on Should We Travel During IC Flares? Staying Home During The Holidays May Be Important

When Bladder Treatments Don’t Work For IC/BPS: It’s Time For A New Approach

Clinging To Old Treatments For IC/BPS Could Hold You Back If you had been diagnosed with IC/BPS forty years ago, odds are you would have been prescribed antibiotics, given urethral dilations and/or referred to a psychiatrist under the mistaken assumption that IC was all in your heads. Twenty years ago, that same patient might have [...]

By |2017-11-22T23:58:26+00:00November 22nd, 2017|Flares, Front Page Feed, Jill's Journal, Pain Care, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Pelvic Pain, Women's Health|Comments Off on When Bladder Treatments Don’t Work For IC/BPS: It’s Time For A New Approach