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ICN Announcements
Read the latest announcements about the Interstitial Cystitis Network here. From new site additions to newsletter releases, this is the place to get the latest ICN news!
Topics: 1,847 Posts: 9,042
1,847 9,042
Jill's Journal (325/4,160)
Patient Stories
Chronic Infection - Fungal/Bacterial
There is considerable debate and discussion about the role of chronic infection in IC. Whether you are a fan of Dr. Fuzzy or Dr. Malone-Lee, please feel free to share your story here.
Topics: 12 Posts: 115
12 115
Elmiron / Eye Discussions
Researchers at the Emory Eye Center have discovered maculopathy in SOME patients with IC who have taken Elmiron for long periods of time. Share your story here.
Topics: 29 Posts: 287
29 287
Introduce yourself and share your story
Share Your Interstitial Cystitis Story Here. When did it start for you? How did it begin?? What interstitial cystitis treatments worked for you?
Topics: 6,825 Posts: 46,744
6,825 46,744
Pain Care Challenges (Share Your Story!)
With pain care now greatly limited, we're collecting stories from patients who are struggling to find pain care and/or who are treated with disrespect. Please tell us your story!
Topics: 57 Posts: 312
Last Post: Pain relief
57 312
Newly Diagnosed With Interstitial Cystitis
Introduce Yourself and share your interstitial cystitis story here!
Topics: 7,192 Posts: 56,691
7,192 56,691
IC Success Stories
Share your Interstitial Cystitis Success Story Here
Topics: 1,204 Posts: 12,868
1,204 12,868
IC Veterans (5+ years living with IC)
This forum is for patients who have been living with IC for more than five years, who have wisdom to share but who also need support and encouragement
Topics: 40 Posts: 207
Last Post: Question
40 207
Men with Interstitial Cystitis
Are you a newly diagnosed man? Meet others here!
Topics: 488 Posts: 3,558
488 3,558
My Interstitial Cystitis Is In Remission!
Yes, remission happens and happens often for interstitial cystitis patients. If you're in remission, please share your story and success tips here!
Topics: 421 Posts: 5,043
421 5,043
Diagnostic Methods For Interstitial Cystitis
General Diagnostic Questions
Ask questions about the diagnosis of IC, PFD and pelvic pain here!
Topics: 3,171 Posts: 19,106
3,171 19,106
Not Diagnosed Yet with Interstitial Cystitis?
Do you suspect you have interstitial cystitis but haven't been diagnosed yet? Post here!
Topics: 2,594 Posts: 19,138
2,594 19,138
Topics: 4,136 Posts: 31,719
Last Post: Protein in urine
4,136 31,719
Treatment Options
Medical Marijuana and CBD
Share your experience using medical marijuana and/or CBD oil to relieve your symptoms.
Topics: 15 Posts: 166
15 166
Oral Medications
Oral medications are usually the first treatment options suggested for patients with mild to moderate bladder symptoms and/or pain.
Topics: 6,373 Posts: 40,680
6,373 40,680
Bladder Instillation Therapy
Bladder instillations are often performed for mild, moderate and, in some cases, severe IC.
Topics: 2,210 Posts: 16,049
Last Post: Botox injection
2,210 16,049
Topics: 1,312 Posts: 9,419
1,312 9,419
Topics: 1,870 Posts: 14,876
Last Post: Interstim vs TENS
1,870 14,876
T.E.N.S Therapy (224/1,382)
Nerve Blocks (103/629)
Surgical Interventions
Surgery is only considered after a patient has tried all of the other traditional therapies and is reserved for the most severe cases.
Topics: 1,091 Posts: 13,405
1,091 13,405
Bladder Removal (624/8,637)
Nerve Ablation (24/258)
Experimental or Controversial Treatments
Experimental therapies for interstitial cystitis (IC/PBS) are those currently being explored in research studies around the world. Their clinical trial results may not be available or are the result of a smaller, less credible study. We've included antibiotics in this discussion area because the role of bacteria in IC remains controversial at best. We have little conclusive evidence that IC is bacterial in nature.
Topics: 3,458 Posts: 28,343
3,458 28,343
Alternative Therapies (1,444/10,594)
Cyclosporine (60/919)
Botox (298/2,570)
Other Treatments (958/6,422)
The IC Diet
General Diet Questions
Ask questions about diet and interstitial cystitis IC/PBS here!
Topics: 6,640 Posts: 46,176
Last Post: Rubbing Alcohol
6,640 46,176
IC Diet: Recipes
Share your favorite IC friendly recipes and menu ideas here!
Topics: 1,321 Posts: 3,229
1,321 3,229
Main Dishes (151/499)
Casseroles (12/55)
Salads and Soups (80/214)
Desserts (152/394)
Hot Drinks (84/412)
Cold Drinks (81/287)
Cookies & Candy (50/190)
Cocktails (3/27)
Topics: 62 Posts: 195
Last Post: Start with Chicken
62 195
Breakfast (7/32)
Dinner (4/15)
Lunch (4/28)
Holidays (12/91)
Self-Help For Interstitial Cystitis
PMS, Perimenopause, Menopause
Are you struggling with hormonal changes?? Are they bothering your bladder?? Need to vent about your body changing?? Do it here!
Topics: 297 Posts: 1,948
297 1,948
by bhonas
Topics: 187 Posts: 1,125
187 1,125
Depression & Anxiety
Discuss your thoughts and concerns about depression and anxiety here.
Topics: 1,235 Posts: 12,423
1,235 12,423
Topics: 591 Posts: 4,571
591 4,571
Topics: 481 Posts: 3,604
481 3,604
Managing Interstitial Cystitis Flares
Pain Management For Interstitial Cystitis
Discuss pain management strategies here!
Topics: 2,763 Posts: 23,734
2,763 23,734
Help! I'm in an interstitial cystitis flare!
Are you in a flare? Need support? Post here!
Topics: 3,809 Posts: 28,815
3,809 28,815
Flare Coping Strategies For Interstitial Cystitis
Please share your best interstitial cystitis flare coping strategies here! This is NOT to post questions about treatments, therapies or managing flares. We JUST want to hear great techniques for handling flares!
Topics: 650 Posts: 5,755
650 5,755
Related Conditions to Interstitial Cystitis
IC & Other Related Conditions
Research has demonstrated a clear connection between IC, IBS, vulvodynia, prostatodynia and other related conditions. Discuss them here!
Topics: 4,432 Posts: 31,000
4,432 31,000
by Kibell
Fibromyalgia (92/604)
Vulvodynia (942/6,885)
Dry Eyes/Dry Mouth (141/906)
Fungal Infections (339/2,766)
Other Related Conditions (1,890/13,840)
Pregnancy and Parenting With Interstitial Cystitis
Topics: 1,217 Posts: 6,842
1,217 6,842
I'm Pregnant! (694/6,384)
Infertility (63/397)
Parenting with IC
When a mother or wife develops IC, it can often impact how she feels about her abilities in those roles. Talk about it here!
Topics: 481 Posts: 4,111
481 4,111
Health Insurance & Disability Benefits
Health Insurance
Is this a can of worms or what?? Ask questions or discuss any issues you might have with your health insurance coverage
Topics: 34 Posts: 141
34 141
Topics: 272 Posts: 1,629
272 1,629
Social Security Disability Q&A
Are you considering applying disability insurance? In the Appeals process? Post your questions here.
Topics: 805 Posts: 5,904
805 5,904
Social Life - Family, Friends, Dating
Topics: 223 Posts: 1,669
223 1,669
Dating with IC (49/363)
Topics: 1,409 Posts: 12,695
Last Post: Zinc
1,409 12,695
What do you think causes Interstitial Cystitis?
While research hasn't found one specific cause of interstitial cystitis, there are several strong opinions out there. What do you think about the cause of IC? Any ideas? Debate them here!
Topics: 402 Posts: 3,888
Last Post: Bed Wetting?
402 3,888

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