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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!
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Last Post: How are you coping?
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Jill's Journal (324/4,157)
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.
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2 49
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.
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19 220
by HollyS
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?
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6,732 46,362
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!
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Last Post: Pain relief
43 223
by KHD003
Newly Diagnosed With Interstitial Cystitis
Introduce Yourself and share your interstitial cystitis story here!
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7,178 56,648
IC Success Stories
Share your Interstitial Cystitis Success Story Here
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1,195 12,808
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
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33 169
Men with Interstitial Cystitis
Are you a newly diagnosed man? Meet others here!
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Last Post: iron supplement
478 3,508
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!
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417 5,027
Diagnostic Methods For Interstitial Cystitis
General Diagnostic Questions
Ask questions about the diagnosis of IC, PFD and pelvic pain here!
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3,157 19,091
Not Diagnosed Yet with Interstitial Cystitis?
Do you suspect you have interstitial cystitis but haven't been diagnosed yet? Post here!
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2,584 18,983
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4,115 31,634
Treatment Options
Medical Marijuana and CBD
Share your experience using medical marijuana and/or CBD oil to relieve your symptoms.
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Last Post: Rolling my CBD
14 158
Oral Medications
Oral medications are usually the first treatment options suggested for patients with mild to moderate bladder symptoms and/or pain.
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6,348 40,619
Bladder Instillation Therapy
Bladder instillations are often performed for mild, moderate and, in some cases, severe IC.
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2,197 16,027
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Last Post: Valium?
1,307 9,397
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1,868 14,870
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: 1,087 Posts: 13,371
1,087 13,371
Bladder Removal (622/8,615)
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.
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3,452 28,326
Alternative Therapies (1,442/10,588)
Cyclosporine (60/919)
Botox (298/2,570)
Other Treatments (955/6,413)
The IC Diet
General Diet Questions
Ask questions about diet and interstitial cystitis IC/PBS here!
Topics: 6,618 Posts: 46,058
Last Post: Vitamins yes or no?
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by Cal-m
IC Diet: Recipes
Share your favorite IC friendly recipes and menu ideas here!
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1,315 3,204
Main Dishes (149/492)
Casseroles (12/51)
Salads and Soups (80/212)
Desserts (152/394)
Hot Drinks (83/407)
Cold Drinks (81/286)
Cookies & Candy (50/190)
Cocktails (3/27)
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Last Post: Veggie Smoothies
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by Cal-m
Breakfast (7/32)
Dinner (4/13)
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!
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291 1,931
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187 1,125
Depression & Anxiety
Discuss your thoughts and concerns about depression and anxiety here.
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1,229 12,401
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586 4,558
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Last Post: Swimming
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Managing Interstitial Cystitis Flares
Pain Management For Interstitial Cystitis
Discuss pain management strategies here!
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2,759 23,717
Help! I'm in an interstitial cystitis flare!
Are you in a flare? Need support? Post here!
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3,789 28,724
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: 646 Posts: 5,722
646 5,722
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: 4,416 Posts: 30,957
4,416 30,957
Fibromyalgia (92/604)
Vulvodynia (940/6,881)
Dry Eyes/Dry Mouth (141/906)
Fungal Infections (339/2,762)
Other Related Conditions (1,884/13,821)
Pregnancy and Parenting With Interstitial Cystitis
Topics: 1,213 Posts: 6,834
1,213 6,834
I'm Pregnant! (691/6,376)
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!
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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
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34 141
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272 1,629
Social Security Disability Q&A
Are you considering applying disability insurance? In the Appeals process? Post your questions here.
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805 5,904
Social Life - Family, Friends, Dating
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222 1,667
Dating with IC (48/361)
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1,406 12,691
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!
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401 3,879