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Six Reasons Why You Should NOT Self Medicate with Antibiotics When You Have an IC Flare

When the symptoms of interstitial cystitis and prostatitis virtually mimic that of a bladder infection, it's only natural for patients and doctors to contemplate treating the urinary symptoms with an antibiotic. Go ahead! Admit it! You've probably raided your medicine cabinet in the middle of the night to take an antibiotic that you've saved. You [...]

By |2020-02-19T14:28:59-08:00February 18th, 2020|Front Page Feed, Our Blog, Self-Help Tips for IC, Bladder & Pelvic Pain|Comments Off on Six Reasons Why You Should NOT Self Medicate with Antibiotics When You Have an IC Flare

Colonoscopy Tips For IC Patients – IC flares rarely happen!

It's a reality we all eventually face, the dreaded colonoscopy. This vital test is recommended after the age of 50 and can help detect early cancers in the GI tract. Despite its potential life saving effect, many patients go out of their way to avoid the test for a variety of reasons. For some, it's [...]

By |2019-07-23T14:21:33-07:00July 23rd, 2019|Front Page Feed, Our Blog, Self-Help Tips for IC, Bladder & Pelvic Pain|Comments Off on Colonoscopy Tips For IC Patients – IC flares rarely happen!

Valentines Day, Intimacy and IC

I apologize in advance if this column offends anyone but we do, on occasion, need to talk about intimacy and how IC can impact that. For those of you who know me, you know that I'm very direct about the issues that we struggle with. I believe that IC can strengthen rather than weaken our [...]

By |2019-02-13T12:56:33-08:00February 13th, 2019|Front Page Feed, Jill's Journal, Our Blog, Self-Help Tips for IC, Bladder & Pelvic Pain|Comments Off on Valentines Day, Intimacy and IC

Self Help Tip – Don’t Let Fear of Physical Therapy Stop You

We’ve long passed those days when we believed that IC was an incurable bladder disease. Today, we consider IC/BPS a pelvic pain syndrome that can involve structures beyond the bladder, often the pelvic floor muscles. Dysfunctional pelvic floor muscles can trigger all of the symptoms we normally associate with the bladder, including frequency, urgency, pressure [...]

By |2018-11-28T00:23:56-08:00November 3rd, 2018|Front Page Feed, Jill's Journal, Our Blog, Self-Help Tips for IC, Bladder & Pelvic Pain|Comments Off on Self Help Tip – Don’t Let Fear of Physical Therapy Stop You