/Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog

Read the latest news about interstitial cystitis, bladder pain syndrome and related conditions in the ICN blog.

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

EWG Finds Alarming Levels of Pesticides In Pears, Apples and Potatoes

Everyone should eat more fruits and vegetables but when you have IC this can be challenging. Thankfully, the produce aisle is usually our friend. The vast majority of vegetables are IC friendly with the exception of, perhaps, concentrated tomato products. Fruits are certainly more tricky because citrus fruits contain very high levels of acid. We [...]

By |2018-04-20T14:21:17+00:00April 18th, 2018|Diet & Food, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on EWG Finds Alarming Levels of Pesticides In Pears, Apples and Potatoes

Key IC & Pelvic Pain Studies From The MAPP Research Network in 2017 – Time to get your nerd on!

A decade into the Multidisciplinary Approach to the Study of Chronic Pelvic Pain (MAPP) Research Network and the research is still going strong. In 2017, the MAPP Network published 12 articles of its findings in various medical journals. Researchers from throughout the United States and Canada continue to work together and join resources to make [...]

By |2018-04-25T14:06:41+00:00April 12th, 2018|Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, Research|Comments Off on Key IC & Pelvic Pain Studies From The MAPP Research Network in 2017 – Time to get your nerd on!

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

New IC Diet Survey Released – What foods do you turn to when you are struggling with an IC flare?

It's time for an update of our IC Food Lists and to do it well we're asking for your feedback.  We've long collected information on foods, beverages and activities that can flare IC symptoms. This survey hopes to collect information about how patients  who are diet sensitive calm and soothe their symptoms. We want to [...]

By |2018-02-23T16:19:16+00:00February 14th, 2018|Diet & Food, IC Diet Project, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on New IC Diet Survey Released – What foods do you turn to when you are struggling with an IC flare?

IC Patients & Vitamin C Can Get Along

All too often when IC patients hear about food that is high in vitamin C, we go running far away from it in fear of it irritating our bladders. I’ve had dreams of eating citrus fruit and even in my sleep, I was scared of how much it was going to make me hurt. I’ve [...]

By |2018-02-07T12:48:10+00:00February 7th, 2018|Diet & Food, IC Diet Project, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on IC Patients & Vitamin C Can Get Along