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What Is Interstitial Cystitis
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Source: Mt Nittany Medical Center

Interstitial Cystitis (IC) is a chronic urinary bladder disease sometimes referred to as Painful Bladder Syndrome (PBS) or IC/PBS. Interstitial Cystitis is a chronic condition characterized by uncomfortable bladder pressure, bladder pain and sometimes general pelvic pain. Some people say it is like having a chronic Urinary Tract Infection. The pain can range from mild burning to severe pain. While both men and women can get IC/PBS it tends to be far more common in women.  In the United States, some 3 to 6 percent of women -- 3 to 8 million of them -- have Interstitial Cystitis symptoms (source: American Urological Association ).

 

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Interstitial Cystitis Diet

2012_ICN_Food_ListMillions of people suffer with Interstitial Cystitis / Painful Bladder Syndrome often referred to as IC/PBS. For most, diet is the first line of defense to manage Interstitial Cystitis symptoms and help relieve bladder pain.

The most widely supported diet guidlines for people suffering with IC/PBS come from the 2012 Interstitial Cystitis Network Food List (aka The IC Diet) which is based on research as well as patient experiences. 

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Quick Bladder Pain Relief

 

Natural_UTI_ReliefInflammation of the bladder is a common cause of bladder pain for individuals with Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs), Cystitis and Interstitial Cystitis.  Cystitis is one type of UTI that is often caused by a bacterial infection, whilst Interstitial Cystitis is often not attributed to bacteria or responsive to antibiotic treatment.  Finding a product that provides instant relief will help you manage your pain and take back control of your life.

 

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Seatbelt Extender Eases Bladder Pressure

seatbelt_jpgDon't let bladder pain keep you from wearing your seatbelt.  This special type of seat belt extender alleviates the pressure normal seat belts place on your bladder. 

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Spiritual Healing Through Reiki
Written by Dana Lisa Young   

reiki_cloud_handsReiki: A Complementary & Alternative Therapy

Complementary and alternative therapies refer to health care systems, practices, and products that are not part of conventional medicine (drugs, surgery and medical devices such as Interstim). The alternative therapies most often used to treat painful bladder symptoms in Interstitial Cystitis patients include biofeedback, diet-based therapies, herbal remedies, massage, yoga, Pilates and Reiki.

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Aloe The Natural Polysaccharide (natural alternative to Elmiron)

aloe-vera_leafAloe Vera has long been proclaimed as a medicinal plant helpful in healing a long list of diseases and disorders.  It's a natural anti-inflammatory that has been used for centuries both internally and externally.

Aloe Vera is a natural occurring polysaccharide.  If that term sounds familiar to you, it's because Elmiron (most common drug prescribed for interstitial cystitis) is a synthetic polysaccharide. In fact, some specific types of Aloe Vera are used as a natural alternative to Elmiron.

 

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