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Interstitial Cystitis Network - Educational articles, videos, blogs, patient projects, diagnosis, treatments, IC, Bladder Pain, Urgency, Frequency, Hunner's Ulcers, Ketamine,
Interstitial Cystitis Network - Educational articles, videos, blogs, patient projects, diagnosis, treatments, IC, Bladder Pain, Urgency, Frequency, Hunner's Ulcers, Ketamine,

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It's a wicked cold and flu season here in North America and this often has patients asking "what can I use that won't irritate my bladder?" Here's a list that was compiled by IC patients in the ICN Support Forum! 

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The Interstitial Cystitis Solution is the best book written about interstitial cystitis in twenty years. If you are newly diagnosed with IC/BPS, it will give you a road map on how to approach your treatment and self care. If you’are a grizzled IC veteran, it provides the latest information about why IC symptoms often persist and how you can find relief. It may also challenge everything that you believe about IC. Read our book review here! 

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New from the IC Diet Project - If you can't enjoy milk or dark chocolate without fear of aggravating your bladder, stomach or gut, white chocolate may be the perfect alternative. We offer recipes for several holiday drinks and beverages! Enjoy!

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Finally, the Canada Urology Association releases new guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of interstitial cystitis that should improve the standard of care across the country. If you are a patient in Canada, please read this article and print out the guidelines for ALL of your medical care providers! 

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The Fall 2016 IC Optimist has been released and is now available for your viewing pleasure! 

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If you're considering having neuromodulation done for the treatment of your IC symptoms, please read this article first. There are two forms of neuromodulation, one requiring surgery and one that does not. Most patients start with the less invasive and risky therapy first! 

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We, like many other researchers, now believe that patients with Hunner's lesions have a different disease and deserve their own specific research studies. Do you agree? 

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Did you know that IC/BPS is classified as a syndrome rather than a disease?? Did you know that the majority of patients have symptoms outside of their bladder, such as the bowel? The International Continence Society has released a comprehensive new terminology guide that will help chronic pelvic patients identify the cause(s) of their pelvic pain.

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Ever wonder how IC patients are treated in Europe?? They are much more medication and surgery centric! Melissa Albers, a nutritionist and wellness coach based in the Netherlands, shares how she works with IC patients.

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If you're looking for quiet snacks to lift your energy in the afternoon, check out this bladder friendly smoothie recipe offered by Julie Beyer RD!
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