Interstitial Cystitis IC/BPS

Got frequency, urgency, pressure and/or pain as the bladder fills with urine? If you’ve tested negative for UTI, IC (bladder wall injury) is the likely problem.

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Pelvic Floor Dysfx. PFD

Pelvic floor dysfunction is commonly found in MEN and WOMEN struggling with interstitial cystitis, vulvodynia, chronic prostatitis and chronic pelvic pain syndrome.

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Urethral Syndrome

Urethral syndrome, aka urethritis, occurs when the urethra becomes irritated and/or inflamed from infection, chemical exposure and other irritants.

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is commonly found in patients struggling with chronic pelvic pain syndrome. It can manifest as chronic constipation, diarrhea or both.

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What You Can Do Right Now

ICN Support Forum

Join more than 36,000 patients who participate in the ICN Support Forum where you can ask questions, make friends and help others in need. You’ll find discussions on diagnosis, treatments, flare management, pain control and more!

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Find A Specialist

If you’ve struggled to find care providers knowledgeable about pelvic pain, you are not alone. It’s a new specialty. We offer an on-line database of experts (doctors, physical therapists, dietitians, etc.) as well as a list of the best clinics in the country.

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Self Help Works

Pelvic pain patients learn quickly that self help works. From modifying your diet to relaxing pelvic floor muscles, using OTC pain relieving products to stress management, we’ll share tips that work. You may be able to reduce and prevent flares.

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The Most Irritating Foods

  • Caffeine, Coffee, Soda & Energy Drinks
  • Caffeinated & Green Teas
  • Alcohols (Dark Beers, Most Wine, Champagne & Spirits)
  • Acidic Fruits (citrus), Cranberry, Tomato
  • Artificial Sweeteners (Nutrasweet, Sweet N Low, etc.)
  • Milk Chocolate. Try White or Carob instead
  • Multivitamins, Vitamin C & Vitamin B6

Bladder Friendly Foods

  • Water (Bottled Spring or Tap) and Milk
  • Chamomile or Peppermint Herbal Teas
  • Bananas, Blueberries, Honeydew, Pears, Sweet Apples, Watermelon
  • Veggies – Broccoli, Carrots, Celery, Cucumber, Mushrooms, Peas, Squash, Potatoes, Cabbage, Cauliflower
  • Proteins – Chicken, Eggs, Turkey, Beef, Pork, Lam, Shrimp, Tuna, Salmon
  • OTC Supplements – Prelief, CystoProtek, Cysta Q, Desert Harvest Aloe, Cysto Renew
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