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

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 [...]

IC & Driving: Tips For Surviving Long Drives & Rides

If commuting or taking long car rides exacerbates your bladder or pelvic pain symptoms, you are not alone. The first epidemiological studies on IC found that 50% of patients reported pain and discomfort while sitting in a car. The vibration from bumpy roads, as well as constant starts and stops, are jarring to the bladder [...]

Five Ways To Find Comfort When Struggling with Bladder or Pelvic Pain

A Physical therapist shares her favorite self-help strategies for patients with bladder or pelvic pain (Editors Note: When physical therapist Mary Ruth Velicki was diagnosed with IC, she endured the same pelvic pain, frustration and anger that most IC patients struggle with. In this new article, she shares some of her favorite tips that helped [...]

By |2017-01-31T13:13:28+00:00March 12th, 2014|Awareness, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, News, Self Care, Self-Help Tips for IC, Bladder & Pelvic Pain|Comments Off on Five Ways To Find Comfort When Struggling with Bladder or Pelvic Pain

Sam Berns Philosophy For Happiness

How A 17 Year Old Can Teach Us All How To Live Despite The Presence of Illness and Pain If you’ve never heard of Sam Berns, you’ve missed an amazing young man. Sam was one of the most inspirational role models for children and adults suffering with a challenging medical condition, in his case progeria. [...]

By |2017-01-31T13:24:52+00:00January 15th, 2014|Editorial, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, Jill's Journal, Self Care, Self-Help Tips for IC, Bladder & Pelvic Pain|Comments Off on Sam Berns Philosophy For Happiness