Interstitial Cystitis (IC), or simply referred to as bladder pain, is chronic pain and discomfort in the bladder. Shockingly, 3 to 8 million women in the US suffer from IC, according to the Interstitial Cystitis Association. Symptoms of this disease include: urgency, urinary frequency, burning with urination, burning in the bladder, and pelvic pain.
IC can be a hard disease for women to live and cope with. However, patients should be encouraged by the options available to help manage symptoms. At Houston Female Urology, we have several treatments to help women find relief from their pain. Depending on the patient, treatments can range from a simple medication to BOTOX for the bladder. Our staff works with every patient to make sure we determine the best path to relief.
Below are a few simple steps that you can try on your own to help conquer your symptoms.
- Modify your diet.
Often specific foods and beverages can impact bladder symptoms. It is usually best to shop for fresh foods when possible and keep a diary as you experiment to determine which foods may trigger symptoms.
- Take steps to manage stress.
Common stress management tools include meditating, getting a massage, or exercising.
- Try to establish healthy sleeping habits.
A few tips include: cutting caffeine and alcohol, keeping your bedroom cool and comfortable, start winding down about an hour before you go to sleep, and sticking to the same bedtime every night.
To learn more about Interstitial Cystitis and the treatment options available, please visit Houston Female Urology’s YouTube page!