/Pain Care

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

Patients Report Opiate Pain Medication Their Most Effective Treatment of IC/BPS

Do Patients Perceptions Of Treatment Success or Failure Match Clinical Trial Results? They don’t. When the American Urological Association created their Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Treatment for IC/BPS in 2011 they ranked their treatment options based primarily on clinical trial results.  Researchers in Canada and the USA sought to determine if these treatment [...]

By |2017-08-10T23:12:03+00:00August 10th, 2017|Pain Care, Research|Comments Off on Patients Report Opiate Pain Medication Their Most Effective Treatment of IC/BPS

Why You Shouldn’t Load Up on NSAID’s for IC, Bladder or Pelvic Pain

When you struggle with IC and/or chronic pain and don't have access to traditional pain relievers, using an OTC pain relief pill may feel like your only option. Right? I, like most patients, turned to Advil and Tylenol to help reduce my bladder pain when I was first diagnosed. Seriously, IC can hurt terribly and if it's the [...]

By |2017-01-31T10:12:34+00:00July 14th, 2015|Consumer Alerts, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, Jill's Journal, Pain Care, Pelvic Pain|Comments Off on Why You Shouldn’t Load Up on NSAID’s for IC, Bladder or Pelvic Pain

OTC Topical Pain Relief Products For IC, PFD & CPPS

Have you tried an OTC pain relief product? They may help! Topical treatments for pain relief have become quite popular. Sprayed or rubbed onto the skin over painful muscles and joints, they may have a modest effect at reducing pain. There are three basic types: Counterirritants use ingredients such as menthol, methylsalicylate, and camphor to create a burning or cooling sensation that [...]

By |2017-01-31T10:20:14+00:00June 30th, 2015|Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, Pain Care, Self-Help Tips for IC, Bladder & Pelvic Pain|Comments Off on OTC Topical Pain Relief Products For IC, PFD & CPPS

Treating IC and Pelvic Pain With Acupuncture

IC patient finds relief by treating IC and pelvic pain with acupuncture (Loyola University Health System) At age 12, Rachael Fellers developed a debilitating form of pelvic pain that at times prevented her from standing, walking or going to the bathroom. Mrs. Fellers saw several doctors who determined that she had endometriosis. They unsuccessfully tried [...]

By |2017-01-31T10:37:25+00:00March 5th, 2015|Interstitial Cystitis IC/BPS, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, Pain Care|Comments Off on Treating IC and Pelvic Pain With Acupuncture

Ketamine Cystitis – A Growing Public Health Crisis

Ketamine Cystitis Linked to Bladder, Kidney, Liver, Sexual, Cognitive Dysfunction and Schizophrenia By Jill H. Osborne, ICN Founder Last week, a young man in New York called to discuss his newly diagnosed interstitial cystitis. After a few minutes on the phone, I asked him "Have you ever used ketamine?" Stunned, he said "How did you [...]

By |2017-01-31T13:01:48+00:00May 1st, 2014|Awareness, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, ketamine, Men's Health, Pain Care|Comments Off on Ketamine Cystitis – A Growing Public Health Crisis

Got IC or Pelvic Pain? Jennifer Fariello MSN CRNP Shares Tips on Working With Your Doctors

[break] [hr] [break] Editors Note - Most urology clinics have a nurse practitioner who works on the front line with IC patients who are struggling with flares and need treatment. The best ones are those who are kind, compassionate and interested in their patients. Jennifer Yonaitis Fariello MSN, CRNP  has been a veritable angel to thousands of [...]

Why It Hurts Down There – Prevention Covers Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

Prevention Magazine released a fabulous article, "Why It Hurts Down There", which discusses how pelvic floor dysfunction can be the cause of many pelvic pain conditions, such as IC, vulvodynia, constipation and so forth. It shares two compelling patient stories who, after many physician visits, finally discovered that the pelvic floor muscles, specifically pelvic floor [...]

By |2017-01-31T13:11:13+00:00April 10th, 2014|Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, Men's Health, Must Reads, Pain Care, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Pelvic Pain, Self-Help Tips for IC, Bladder & Pelvic Pain|Comments Off on Why It Hurts Down There – Prevention Covers Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

New IC Optimist Magazine Released!

Our latest IC Optimist patient magazine is being sent to our subscribers this week and individual copies are available for sale! In this issue: (1) Editorial: Sam's Philosophy of Life - We're proud to begin this issue with an editorial featuring the remarkable Sam Bern's, who lived life with great joy despite facing a terminal [...]

By |2017-01-31T13:15:41+00:00March 3rd, 2014|Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, Must Reads, Pain Care, Patient Stories, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Research, Treatments|Comments Off on New IC Optimist Magazine Released!

Ending Male Pelvic Pain – A New Book For Men With IC, Pelvic Pain & Prostatitis

Physical therapist Isa Herrera (Renew Physical Therapy, NYC) has written her second groundbreaking book in the treatment of pelvic pain. Ending Male Pelvic Pain: A Man's Guide is the ultimate self-help guide for men suffering from prostatitis, recovering from prostatectomy or living with pelvic or sexual pain. Few resources on the market have provided such [...]

By |2017-01-31T13:27:38+00:00December 5th, 2013|ICN Shop & Mail Order Center, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, Men's Health, Pain Care|Comments Off on Ending Male Pelvic Pain – A New Book For Men With IC, Pelvic Pain & Prostatitis