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Articles that share self-help and self-care strategies for patients with bladder and pelvic pain.

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+00:00 January 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

New Android App Helps Urology Patients Find Bladder Friendly Foods

The ICN Food List Application for Android Devices (Santa Rosa, CA) If you’re scared to drink a cup of coffee out of fear that you’ll spend the day in the restroom, you’re not alone. Mild urinary frequency and urgency are common but for patients with urinary disorders, these same foods can provoke days of pain and [...]

By | 2017-01-31T09:00:26+00:00 December 10th, 2015|ICN Announcements, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, News, Self Care|Comments Off on New Android App Helps Urology Patients Find Bladder Friendly Foods

Atara Schimmel’s Stunning Angel Project Raises Awareness For Pelvic Pain

If a picture speaks a thousand words, then the art of Atara Schimmel speaks volumes about pelvic pain and pudendal neuralgia. She's just won the ADA poster contest sponsored by the city of Boston for her entry "We Will Be Heard," one of her Project Angel series which is dedicated to raising awareness for pelvic [...]

By | 2017-01-31T10:10:42+00:00 July 22nd, 2015|Awareness, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, Jill's Journal, Pelvic Pain, Self Care|Comments Off on Atara Schimmel’s Stunning Angel Project Raises Awareness For Pelvic Pain

Why does my bladder hurt so much at night?

(Here's part of an email I sent to an IC patient last night who was struggling with severe night time symptoms and bladder pain that describes the many factors that can be contributing to nighttime IC symptoms and pain. - Jill Osborne, ICN President) #1 - To treat the pain effectively, we have to know [...]

By | 2017-01-31T10:39:19+00:00 January 26th, 2015|Interstitial Cystitis IC/BPS, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, Jill's Journal, Self Care|Comments Off on Why does my bladder hurt so much at night?

Creating an IC Friendly Thanksgiving

If this is your first holiday season with a diagnosis of IC, we've assembled some resources that we hope will help you enjoy the season, including new videos, articles, meal tips and many IC friendly recipes to play with. Surviving a holiday like Thanksgiving is all about pacing yourself, communicating clearly with your family and, [...]

By | 2017-01-31T10:52:35+00:00 November 18th, 2014|Diet & Food, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, Self Care, Self-Help Tips for IC, Bladder & Pelvic Pain|Comments Off on Creating an IC Friendly Thanksgiving

Has an IC flare kept you home during the holidays?

Why I Said No To Thanksgiving - An IC Holiday Survival Story 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 [...]

By | 2017-01-31T10:53:10+00:00 November 18th, 2014|Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, Jill's Journal, Self Care, Self-Help Tips for IC, Bladder & Pelvic Pain|Comments Off on Has an IC flare kept you home during the holidays?

IC Awareness Daily Fact #6 – Avoiding Acidic Foods Can Help Reduce Bladder & Prostate Discomfort

One of the easiest ways for patients to try to reduce their bladder and prostate discomfort is by removing foods which are high in acid, alcohol or hot spices. Even one cup of coffee day, one green tea or one soda can trigger severe bladder irritation and discomfort. Worse, that daily acid wash may prevent [...]

By | 2017-01-31T12:31:12+00:00 September 6th, 2014|Awareness, Diet & Food, Interstitial Cystitis IC/BPS, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, Men's Health, Self Care|Comments Off on IC Awareness Daily Fact #6 – Avoiding Acidic Foods Can Help Reduce Bladder & Prostate Discomfort

ICN Weekly Newsletter – June 21, 2014

 Blogs, News & Announcements Feature Article - Anxiety & Interstitial Cystitis It might surprise you to learn that anxiety is a strongly related condition to IC and pelvic pain. It was the human genome project which made the connection. Researchers trying to determine which section of the human genome correlated with anxiety discovered that a [...]

By | 2017-01-31T12:46:39+00:00 June 21st, 2014|ICN Announcements, ICN Shop & Mail Order Center, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, News, Self Care, Self-Help Tips for IC, Bladder & Pelvic Pain|Comments Off on ICN Weekly Newsletter – June 21, 2014

Anxiety and Interstitial Cystitis Often Co-Exist

By Jill H. Osborne MA, ICN President (June 19, 2014) It might surprise you to learn that anxiety is a strongly related condition to IC and pelvic pain. It was the human genome project which made the connection. Researchers trying to determine which section of the human genome correlated with anxiety discovered that a large, [...]

Swimming and Interstitial Cystitis – Is it safe?

With summer quickly approaching, interstitial cystitis patients are asking "Is it safe to swim?" The answer is complex. Swimming is an ideal exercise for patients struggling with chronic bladder or pelvic pain. It's gentle, non weight-bearing and minimizes trauma to the pelvic floor. Sounds great, right? The challenge, unfortunately, are the chemicals (specifically the chlorine [...]