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Do This - Not That: Interstitial Cystitis
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What are some do’s and don’ts that I should follow to help me manage Interstitial Cystitis?
(IC), or painful bladder syndrome, is a chronic bladder condition that can cause significant quality of life issues. Symptoms can make it difficult to function on a daily basis, and at times the pain can be overwhelming.
Learning how to prevent or better manage symptoms can be essential for taking control of this condition. Below are some do’s and don’ts you can follow to try to help you take charge of your IC so you can improve your quality of life and hopefully experience less pain.
- Find a knowledgeable physician.
- Keep a detailed symptom diary to learn personal triggers.
- Follow an elimination diet to learn your food triggers.
- Download an IC diet app.
- Follow an IC diet.
- Avoid your triggers.
- Learn to reduce and manage stress.
- Consider physical therapy.
- Talk to your doctor about bladder installations.
- Be patient when trying medications.
- Use caution when taking prescription pain medications.
- Be careful about bubble baths and soaps.
- Stay hydrated with water.
- Ask about a TENS unit.
- Try bladder training.
- Consider alternatives like guided imagery, acupuncture, and biofeedback.
- Follow a gentle exercise plan.
- Use apps or websites to help you locate restrooms.
- Be proactive when traveling.
- Know your rights.
- Find a support group.
- Don’t eat acidic or spicy foods.
- Don’t eat a diet high in potassium.
- Don’t indulge in the 4 C’s–Vitamin C, citrus, caffeine, and carbonated drinks.
- Don’t use artificial sweeteners.
- Don’t drink alcohol.
- Don't get dehydrated.
- Don’t use or drink cranberry products.
- Don’t consider surgery unless all other options have failed.
- Don’t wear tight clothes or belts that put pressure on the abdomen or pelvic region.
- Don’t use strong or harsh chemicals and detergents for your underclothes and pjs.
- Don’t smoke.
- Don’t give up–IC treatments require time and patients.
There are many IC websites, like the IC Network
and IC Association
, where you can find additional information and support. The more you know about your condition, the better able you can be to manage it successfully.
This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.
02-22-2015 - 11:38 AM
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