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IC Awareness Daily Fact #27 – Pain of Interstitial Cystitis As Severe As Cancer Pain by Jill O. Patient ExpertHealth Impact Award Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine While pain is not always a symptom in IC, for the men and women who have it, it can be agonizing, as if razors are cutting our bladders. Yet, for years, patients ha ... Read on »
IC Awareness Daily Fact #26 – Wine and IC/BPS by Jill O. Patient ExpertHealth Impact Award Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Is it safe to drink wine when you have interstitial cystitis (IC), bladder pain syndrome (BPS) or chronic prostatitis? If you’re actively in a flare or have Hunner’ ... Read on »
IC Awareness Daily Fact #25 – Beer and Interstitial Cystitis by Jill O. Patient ExpertHealth Impact Award Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Is it safe to drink beer when you have interstitial cystitis (IC) or bladder pain syndrome (BPS)? If you’ve had a flare after drinking beer, you are not alone. In o ... Read on »
IC Awareness Daily Fact #24 – Pregnancy and IC by Jill O. Patient ExpertHealth Impact Award Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine If you’re wondering if you can have a baby after a diagnosis of IC, take heart! Thousands of IC patients have had successful pregnancies and children. The most comm ... Read on »
IC Awareness Daily Fact #23 – Cranberry Juice is an “acid-bomb” in an IC bladder! by Jill O. Patient ExpertHealth Impact Award Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Contrary to popular belief, cranberry juice and cranberry products are NOT helpful for all bladder conditions. In fact, cranberry can provoke increased urinary freq ... Read on »
IC Patient Support Milestone – 75,000 Interstitial Cystitis Discussions in Patient Support... by Jill O. Patient ExpertHealth Impact Award Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Wow! Today we broke 75,000! Interstitial cystitis patients have posted 75,006 new discussions in the ICN Support Forum. Isn’t that amazing? Better yet, in those dis ... Read on »
IC Awareness Daily Fact #22 – Botox and IC by Jill O. Patient ExpertHealth Impact Award Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Botox is used for several bladder conditions When most people think of Botox, they think about wrinkles, preventing aging and, after treatment, a face that is o ... Read on »
IC Activist Justine Stayman by Jill O. Patient ExpertHealth Impact Award Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Congratulations to IC patient Justine Stayman who had a fabulous article published about IC in the Virginia Connection newspapers. A college student, Justine started a pet ... Read on »
IC Awareness Daily Fact #21 – Anxiety and IC Are Strongly Related Conditions by Jill O. Patient ExpertHealth Impact Award Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Got Anxiety AND IC? You are not alone! It might surprise you to learn that anxiety is a strongly related condition to IC and pelvic pain. It was the human genom ... Read on »
IC Awareness Daily Fact #20 – Exercise and IC by Jill O. Patient ExpertHealth Impact Award Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Has IC or pelvic pain prevented you from exercising? If so, you are certainly not alone. Exercises which jar, traumatize or put pressure on the pelvic floor and bla ... Read on »
IC Awareness Daily Fact #19 – Drug Assistance Programs and IC/BPS by Jill O. Patient ExpertHealth Impact Award Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Drug Assistance Programs Can Help Patients Struggling To Pay For Treatment There is no doubt that the cost of treating interstitial cystitis and bladder pain sy ... Read on »
IC Awareness Daily Fact #18 – Stress and IC by Jill O. Patient ExpertHealth Impact Award Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Almost every IC patient learns that stress can exacerbate and/or worsen their IC symptoms. Why? When our body is under stress, the “fight or flight” mechanism is tr ... Read on »
IC Awareness Daily Fact #17 – Millions of Men Struggle With IC Too by Jill O. Patient ExpertHealth Impact Award Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Interstitial Cystitis (IC/BPS) affects men of all ages, from high school students to seniors, air force pilots to Hollywood actors. Many, if not most, have been mis ... Read on »
IC Awareness Daily Fact #16 – IC And Sleep by Jill O. Patient ExpertHealth Impact Award Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine IC patients often experience their most uncomfortable symptoms at night when distractions are fewer and they notice their bladder symptoms more. They may feel a con ... Read on »
IC Awareness Daily Fact #15 – Disability Benefits May Be Available by Jill O. Patient ExpertHealth Impact Award Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Patients with more severe IC who are unable to work may apply for disability benefits in your state our country. In the USA, there are four different types of disab ... Read on »
IC Awareness Daily Fact #14: Surgery is Rarely Used To Treat IC/BPS by Jill O. Patient ExpertHealth Impact Award Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Bladder surgery is rarely considered for the treatment of IC. In the AUA Treatment Guidelines , surgical intervention is classified as a STEP SIX treatment. Using t ... Read on »
IC Awareness Daily Fact #13 – The IC and IBS Connection by Jill O. Patient ExpertHealth Impact Award Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is commonly found in patients who have interstitial cystitis (IC). IBS patients can suffer from chronic diarrhea, chronic constipatio ... Read on »
IC Awareness Daily Fact #12: Hunner’s Lesions Require Treatment by Jill O. Patient ExpertHealth Impact Award Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Approximately 5% of IC patients have profound, extremely painful areas of inflammation in the bladder wall known as Hunner’s Lesions (formerly Hunner’s Ulcers). The ... Read on »
IC Awareness Daily Fact #11- Intimacy Can Be Painful by Jill O. Patient ExpertHealth Impact Award Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Interstitial cystitis patients may find intimacy uncomfortable at times. Men with IC may feel discomfort at the moment of ejaculation while women report their most ... Read on »
IC Awareness Month Contest: What’s your FAVORITE IC Flare Coping Strategy $30 prize by Jill O. Patient ExpertHealth Impact Award Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Allright my fellow IC patients. It’s time for our second IC Awareness Month contest. What’s your FAVORITE IC Flare Coping Strategy Why: It’s IC Awareness Mo ... Read on »