How Stress Triggers Interstitial Cystitis Flares

One of our favorite bloggers is Dr. Geo Espinosa who writes frequently about interstitial cystitis and other bladder/prostate disorders. He has an awesome blog today that explains how stress triggers an increase in bladder symptoms such as frequency, urgency and pain. He reminds us all that:


What I particularly appreciate, though, are his seven tips to lower stress. He suggests:

  1. Try magnesium! He suggests using 100mg to 250mg a day should work.
  2. The herb Lemon balm (Melissa officionalis) has been well studied to produce calmness and alertness. Lemon Balm is NOT related to the citrus fruit. (Kennedy et al. 2004)
  3. Exercise regularly.
  4. Breathing deeply! 5 deep breaths two to three times a day is a good start.
  5. Remove sugar and refined carbohydrates (RC) from your diet as they cause nutritional stress and inflammation.
  6. Try herbs that help balance your response to stress such as ginseng, Rhodiola rosea, Siberian ginseng, cordyceps, and ashwagandha.
  7. Don’t sweat the small stuff! Keep your stressors in perspective.

cystorenewDr. Geo’s new supplement, Cysto-Renew, is getting rave reviews from patients! Released in Fall 2013, it has a combination of ingredients designed to help calm the bladder and support healthy functioning of the urinary tract system.† Each ingredient researched by Dr. Espinosa, a naturopathic physician specializing in urology, contributes to the health of the bladder glycosaminoglycan layer, nitric oxide production, healthy stress response, and normal mast cell production that helps promote a healthy functioning bladder and normal urine frequency. †

Read the full blog here to learn more about the physiology of IC, why our nervous systems are involved and his full recommendations!

By |2017-01-31T13:16:55+00:00February 14th, 2014|Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, Men's Health, Must Reads, Self-Help Tips for IC, Bladder & Pelvic Pain|Comments Off on How Stress Triggers Interstitial Cystitis Flares

About the Author:

My Google Profile+ Jill Heidi Osborne is the president and founder of the Interstitial Cystitis Network, a health education company dedicated to interstitial cystitis, bladder pain syndrome and other pelvic pain disorders. As the editor and lead author of the ICN and the IC Optimist magazine, Jill is proud of the academic recognition that her website has achieved. The University of London rated the ICN as the top IC website for accuracy, credibility, readability and quality. (Int Urogynecol J - April 2013). Harvard Medical School rated both Medscape and the ICN as the top two websites dedicated to IC. (Urology - Sept 11). Jill currently serves on the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Panel (US Army) where she collaborates with researchers to evaluate new IC research studies for possible funding. Jill has conducted and/or collaborates on a variety of IC research studies on new therapeutics, pain care, sexuality, the use of medical marijuana, menopause and the cost of treatments, shining a light on issues that influence patient quality of life. An IC support group leader and national spokesperson for the past 20 years, she has represented the IC community on radio, TV shows, at medical conferences. She has written hundreds of articles on IC and its related conditions. With a Bachelors Degree in Pharmacology and a Masters in Psychology, Jill was named Presidential Management Intern (aka Fellowship) while in graduate school. (She was unable to earn her PhD due to the onset of her IC.) She spends the majority of her time providing WELLNESS COACHING for patients in need and developing new, internet based educational and support tools for IC patients, including the “Living with IC” video series currently on YouTube and the ICN Food List smartphone app! Jill was diagnosed with IC at the age of 32 but first showed symptoms at the age of 12.