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How to Manage your Health During Hard Times

One tip for avoiding IC flares is to manage stress. It’s right up there with diet and hormones when it comes to triggering IC symptoms. But there are times stress not only can’t be avoided but it kicks us in the face. Unfortunately, crises happen in life. We lose loved ones. We lose our main [...]

By |2019-04-02T11:16:37-07:00April 2nd, 2019|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on How to Manage your Health During Hard Times

A Common Virus Could be the Cause of IC in Some Patients

Last year the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) made news in a couple of ways that could aid researchers in determining the root cause of interstitial cystitis in some patients. EBV is one of the most common human viruses and is found globally.(1) It most often causes infectious mononucleosis, which you might know better as mono or [...]

By |2019-03-28T11:02:56-07:00March 26th, 2019|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on A Common Virus Could be the Cause of IC in Some Patients

Winter 2019 IC Optimist Released

The latest IC Optimist has been released and is available for download or purchase. It is in the process of being mailed to our members. This issue is dedicated to the many variants of IC. From fibroids to gut dysbiosis, lyme disease to endometriosis, there are many potential triggers for the symptoms we associate with [...]

By |2019-03-23T15:03:00-07:00March 23rd, 2019|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on Winter 2019 IC Optimist Released

Valentines Day, Intimacy and IC

I apologize in advance if this column offends anyone but we do, on occasion, need to talk about intimacy and how IC can impact that. For those of you who know me, you know that I'm very direct about the issues that we struggle with. I believe that IC can strengthen rather than weaken our [...]

By |2019-02-13T12:56:33-07:00February 13th, 2019|Front Page Feed, Jill's Journal, Our Blog, Self-Help Tips for IC, Bladder & Pelvic Pain|Comments Off on Valentines Day, Intimacy and IC

The Dangers of Cipro & Levaquin – Have you been floxed?

When we are prescribed an antibiotic, we are under the assumption that the antibiotic is going to kill, and only kill, bacteria that might be causing an infection. What if that antibiotic also kills mammalian (human) cells... cells that are imperative to our life and our body functions? Researchers now believe that this is exactly [...]

By |2019-02-03T19:59:56-07:00February 3rd, 2019|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on The Dangers of Cipro & Levaquin – Have you been floxed?

2019 Cold & Flu Survey Results – IC Friendly Tips & Strats!

Not sure what you can take to ease your sore throat, cough or flu symptoms without triggering an IC flare? Every few years we survey patients to find out what works best for them. This year, more than 100 patients shared their best cold and flu tips and strategies. In general, products containing honey were, [...]

By |2019-01-18T20:28:22-07:00January 17th, 2019|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on 2019 Cold & Flu Survey Results – IC Friendly Tips & Strats!

How To Be A Good Online Support Group Member

When I was first diagnosed with IC, I was 13 years old and it was the early 1990s. The internet wasn’t really around. My symptoms slowly subsided over the next few years then came back full-force when I was 23. By then, it was 2002 and the internet was everywhere. Online support groups were now [...]

By |2019-01-30T21:20:15-07:00January 14th, 2019|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on How To Be A Good Online Support Group Member

The Fall 2018 IC Optimist Is Now Available

The IC Optimist is the quarterly magazine for IC Network members. It offers a variety of curated content from "Meet the Expert" interviews to feature stories, self-help tips to the latest research and clinical trial announcements. Learn more about our memberships here!  In this issue: #1 - Meet the Pelvic Pain Expert - Dn Interview [...]

By |2018-12-11T22:32:23-07:00December 11th, 2018|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on The Fall 2018 IC Optimist Is Now Available

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 |2018-11-28T00:23:56-07:00November 3rd, 2018|Front Page Feed, Jill's Journal, Our Blog, 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 |2018-10-16T17:53:21-07:00September 29th, 2018|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on Tips for Managing Marriage and IC