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    Does anyone else do Pilates? My pelvic physiotherapist runs a class. She insisted that she help pelvic problems as we hold pain in and need to release/relax muscles. I have taken 4 classes so far. It is very intense. I have to modify some moves as they are extremely difficult as of yet. My husband even came to a class to see what it was all about. He was impressed with the workout and now understands has hard it is. I am going to continue with classes to strengthen my pelvic floor.
    Interstitial Cystitis: Elmiron and Hydroxyzine
    Depression/Anxiety: Remeron, Cipralex and Clonazepam

    *tried instills for nearly a year, had a break then started again for about 4 months...discontinued due to no improvement and increased flares
    * 2 hydrodistentions :

    * currently on "Nabilone" for pain management

    Taken the following:
    Gabapentin no relief but could tolerate it
    Lyricano relief but could tolerate it
    Cymbalta severe depression/anxiety etc.
    Topamax severe nausea and weight loss
    Oxycodone: I could tolerate if I used it for flares only...not for extended use due to constipation

    What helps IC: yoga/meditation are my current treatments along with chiropractic and pelvic physiotherapy and acupuncture

    Other conditions...
    Vulvadynia (amytriptaline cream - no longer using to to irritation)
    Severe IBS
    Chronic Sinus pain (nasal rinse as need)
    Lower back and sacroiliac joint disfunction

    Allergies: Erythromycin, scents and detergents

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    Good for you! I have tried pilates but it is too intense for me, it really does take a strong core. I can do some yoga but basic. Right now I practice what I learned from the book Healing Female Pain, they sell it here on this site. It has some dedicated pilates moves but I tried them once and I was in pain the next day. I think I will have to work up to them. It sounds like it would really be good to do pilates under the instruction of a physiotherapist. I would be much more comfortable if I could go to a class like that other than one at the local gym where they don't know of our special needs.

    Please keep us updated on your improvement.
    Link to the patient information, everything from What is IC? to Disability

    American Urological Association Clinical Guideline
    Diagnosis and Treatment of Intersitial Cysitis/Painful Bladder Syndrom