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New IC/BPS Phenotyping System Proposed – From UPOINT to INPUT

The UPOINT System for the Clinical Phenotyping of Chronic Pelvic Pain by Nickel, Shoskes and Racily was the first proposed subtyping system for chronic pelvic and bladder pain. It asked physicians to look at and beyond the bladder in six different areas, including: what urinary symptoms are present? what’s the condition of the bladder (i.e. Hunner’s lesions)? does [...]

By | 2017-08-16T21:54:00+00:00 August 10th, 2017|Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, Research|Comments Off on New IC/BPS Phenotyping System Proposed – From UPOINT to INPUT

Pelvic Pain Conferences Brings National Experts To Colorado In September

Bridge For Pelvic Pain Conference In September 2017 The Bridge For Pelvic Pain is welcoming chronic pelvic pain patients and providers to their annual conference. Learn about chronic pelvic, sexual and genital pain, and integrative treatments from presentations by doctors, physical therapists, counselors, wellness experts and patient advocates. When: Saturday Sept 30, 2017 – [...]

By | 2017-08-10T17:20:46+00:00 August 10th, 2017|Front Page Feed, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on Pelvic Pain Conferences Brings National Experts To Colorado In September

MAPP Research Network Study Finds That Fungus In Urine Might Be Linked To Urgency and Pain

One of the most promising lines of research in urology today is the study of the biome, the diverse population of bacteria and fungi that live harmoniously in the human body. In previous MAPP Research Network studies, IC patients were found to have high levels of candida/fungi in their urine during flares.(1) Another found [...]

By | 2017-08-10T17:10:12+00:00 August 10th, 2017|Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, Research|Comments Off on MAPP Research Network Study Finds That Fungus In Urine Might Be Linked To Urgency and Pain

The Bella Rosa Coffee Company produces remarkably low acid coffees – A new coffee option

If you miss your coffee and are frustrated with its ability to irritate your bladder or gut, we have three new, exciting ones for you to try from  The Bella Rosa Coffee Company. For many years, we all assumed that it was the overall pH or acid level of coffee that was the trigger for [...]

By | 2017-07-24T19:46:28+00:00 July 19th, 2017|Diet & Food, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on The Bella Rosa Coffee Company produces remarkably low acid coffees – A new coffee option

Extreme Heat Prevents Shipping Of CystoProtek & CystoRenew For A Week – June 17-23, 2017

The National Weather Service has issued a six day extreme heat alert for Northern California with temperatures reaching up to 105 degrees (and likely higher at our warehouse). This makes it impossible to safely ship items from the ICN Shop that are heat sensitive including: CystoProtek CystoRenew Carob Candy Other Consumables Estimated Dates We [...]

By | 2017-07-19T16:27:36+00:00 June 16th, 2017|ICN Announcements, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on Extreme Heat Prevents Shipping Of CystoProtek & CystoRenew For A Week – June 17-23, 2017

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 [...]

Real Men Get Real Pelvic Pain Presentation at AUA 2017

Dr. Jeannette Potts Fights Chronic Prostatitis Misdiagnosis and Label - If you've been told that your pelvic pain is the result of chronic prostatitis, you are not alone. If you've spent hundreds if not thousands of dollars on various "prostate centric" antibiotics and other prescriptions, you're in the company of millions of men who, it turns [...]

By | 2017-05-11T15:50:08+00:00 May 10th, 2017|Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, Research|Comments Off on Real Men Get Real Pelvic Pain Presentation at AUA 2017

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

The Economic Toll of Elmiron

67% of Patients Struggle to Pay For the Only Oral Drug Approved for IC/BPS by the US FDA When the patent expired on Elmiron® in January 2010, the IC patient community expected the rapid release of a more affordable generic medication. Swati Spentose, a company located in India, has produced a generic pentosan polysulfate (Brand [...]

By | 2017-03-31T13:13:59+00:00 March 31st, 2017|Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, Research|Comments Off on The Economic Toll of Elmiron

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