/Self-Help Tips for IC, Bladder & Pelvic Pain

Self-help strategies for patients struggling with bladder, urethral, vulvar and pelvic floor muscle pain, including diet modification, flares, pain management, acupuncture, anxiety, stress, muscle tension, hormone fluctuations, work, traveling, driving, sitting, disability, SSDI, SSI and more

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

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

By Jill Heidi Osborne MA, May 28, 2015 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 [...]

By |2017-01-31T10:26:20+00:00May 28th, 2015|Flares, Interstitial Cystitis IC/BPS, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, Jill's Journal, Self-Help Tips for IC, Bladder & Pelvic Pain|Comments Off on Ten Reasons Why You Should NOT Self Medicate with Antibiotics When You Have an IC Flare

Acidiphilus and IC – Should we take it?

Taking a natural approach to the treatment of any condition, including interstitial cystitis, makes certain sense. And if you look at the American Urological Association guidelines for the treatment of IC, they embrace the use of nutraceuticals in Step One of their treatment guidelines along with other self-help strategies. But, we should not assume [...]

By |2017-01-31T10:48:13+00:00December 9th, 2014|Consumer Alerts, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, Self-Help Tips for IC, Bladder & Pelvic Pain|Comments Off on Acidiphilus and IC – Should we take it?

Is Interstitial Cystitis Caused by Anger? No!

Allright, I'm angry right now. Yes, ANGRY. Thoroughly and completely pissed. Why? Because, in 2014, an IC patient in the South of the USA was told that the reason that she had IC was because she was angry about her ex-boyfriend. Yes, he really, REALLY said that. This was after she had been diagnosed by [...]

By |2017-01-31T10:50:02+00:00November 26th, 2014|Awareness, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, Jill's Journal, Self-Help Tips for IC, Bladder & Pelvic Pain|Comments Off on Is Interstitial Cystitis Caused by Anger? No!

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+00:00November 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+00:00November 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?

Great New IC Book Released – The Proactive Patient: Managing IC/BPS and Related Conditions by Gaye and Andrew Sandler

Gaye & Andrew Sandler have released their first new book in a decade for men, women & children struggling with IC and its many related conditions. What sets this husband and wife team apart from so many other authors who have written about interstitial cystitis is their focus on patient comfort. In The Proactive Patient: Managing [...]

By |2017-01-31T12:37:49+00:00August 4th, 2014|Awareness, ICN Shop & Mail Order Center, Industry News, Interstitial Cystitis IC/BPS, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, Jill's Journal, News, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Self-Help Tips for IC, Bladder & Pelvic Pain|Comments Off on Great New IC Book Released – The Proactive Patient: Managing IC/BPS and Related Conditions by Gaye and Andrew Sandler

Female Triathletes At Risk For Pelvic Floor Disorders

Were you an athlete before you developed bladder and/or pelvic pain? One of the trends currently being tracked in patients struggling with pelvic floor dysfunction and bladder/pelvic pain disorders is a history of athletics. A new study presented at the 2014 American Urogynecologic Society Scientific meeting has shown a direct relationship between long distance endurance [...]

By |2017-01-31T12:38:44+00:00July 28th, 2014|Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Pelvic Pain, Research, Self-Help Tips for IC, Bladder & Pelvic Pain|Comments Off on Female Triathletes At Risk For Pelvic Floor Disorders

Fact Sheets for Interstitial Cystitis Treatments, Diet, Flares

ICN Fact Sheets The ICN is pleased to release a new series of Fact Sheets for 2014 for patients and care providers discussing basic IC facts, the new AUA treatment protocol, the IC diet and food triggers as well as IC flares and common flare triggers! These are available at no cost to patients through [...]

By |2017-01-31T12:40:07+00:00July 19th, 2014|Awareness, ICN Announcements, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, News, Self-Help Tips for IC, Bladder & Pelvic Pain|Comments Off on Fact Sheets for Interstitial Cystitis Treatments, Diet, Flares

Ten Money Saving Tips For IC/BPS Treatments & Drugs

The first two phone calls I received Monday morning were from elderly gentleman who had been taking, with great success, Elmiron for their IC. The problem for each was that they had reached the "Medicare Donut Hole" and had just been told that they would have to pay more than $900 per month for their [...]