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Managing Your IC

Once you are properly diagnosed, that is the first step to managing this chronic condition. The knowledge around management of IC/PBS has shown to be different for every patient. The AUA guidelines provides a step by step treatment protocol that provides many self-management options including food modification, water intake, and other guidelines that depend on the severity and frequency of your flare-ups.

The level of initial treatment will be determined by your doctor and by the severity of your symptoms. If your symptoms become severe, your physician may determine it’s appropriate to provide you with multiple treatment options in addition to self-management.

To get started, self-management is key to managing your condition.

Increase water intake

Drinking the ideal 8 cups of water a day may help ensure your urine is pale or clear yellow. The lack of water may result in dark, cloudy concentrated urine that may irritate the bladder.

Avoid food triggers

Some of your favorite foods could be causing your bladder to become irritated and trigger a flare-up. The acid within foods and beverages may increase sensitivity.

Some of the foods you may want to stay away from include:

  • alcohol
  • coffee
  • teas
  • sodas
  • sports drinks
  • acidic juices
  • processed foods
    (breads, cheeses, etc)
  • sweet cereals
  • prepared pasta
  • soy products
  • citrus fruits and cranberries
  • chili peppers
  • onion
  • pickles
  • tofu
  • canned soups
  • chips

See below for good resources with IC-friendly foods and recipes:

Pain management

Pain associated with IC can be frustrating no matter what you eat. Below is a few methods that have been used to treat the pain associated with the condition. Each patient may respond differently and can also depend on severity of symptoms.

  • Place a heat or cold pack across the bladder area
  • Over-the-counter products have been used including Prelief®, Azo Urinary Pain Relief Tablets®, CystoProtek®, and CystaQ® supplements
  • Try meditation and breathing exercises to help manage your stress as it may increase the urge to urinate
  • Physical therapy may help release muscle tensions and trigger points
  • Oral medications such as Elmiron® may be used to reduce the pain symptoms over time
  • If first and second line treatments fail to provide relief, other treatments may include hydrodistention with cystoscopy, Botox® injections, and Cyclosporine

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