/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

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+00:00 November 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+00:00 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?

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+00:00 August 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+00:00 July 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+00:00 July 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 [...]

IC & Independence Day – Get Out & Celebrate

Many interstitial cystitis patients dread holidays, such as Independence Day. The joyful family picnic or nighttime firework display lose their appeal when you’re struggling with a sensitive bladder, need restroom access and would like to eat something that won’t trigger an IC flare. Yes, we have a bladder disorder. Yes, it gives us plenty of [...]

By | 2017-01-31T12:42:30+00:00 July 3rd, 2014|Diet & Food, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, Jill's Journal, Self-Help Tips for IC, Bladder & Pelvic Pain|Comments Off on IC & Independence Day – Get Out & Celebrate

The Interstitial Cystitis Diet Simplified

What You Can Eat When You Have Interstitial Cystitis, Bladder Pain Syndrome or a Sensitive Bladder The IC Diet is a very healthy, simple, natural diet. If you're addicted to junk food, this is going to be a big change. Rather than buying pre-made foods, we suggest making homemade meals so that you know exactly [...]

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