Managing Stress

Most people with interstitial cystitis (IC) recognize that stress plays a part in exacerbating symptoms or bringing on flare-ups. Simply dealing with having IC and the accompanying symptoms can be a source of stress in itself. In addition to using regular exercise to combat stress and relieve pain, IC patients suggest:

    • Learning basic relaxation techniques.
    • Using meditation tapes and/or visualization.
    • Learning self-hypnosis.
    • Receiving massages.
    • Going to psychotherapy to learn coping skills and stress reduction techniques.

Posted December 08, 2010