Interstitial Cystitis (IC) & Chronic Pelvic Pain News

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Hot Topics from ICA’s Online Support Community

ICA’s Online Support Community is a place of peace, hope, and advice providing comfort for patients, family members, friends, and healthcare professionals looking for ways to better understand the impact of IC. It provides strength in numbers for those living with IC. Below is a list of some current hot topics. Join us in the growing ICA Online Support Community, where you can be connected to hundreds of other people experiencing similar symptoms, situations, experiences, and emotions.

ICA Facebook Page “Post of the Week”

An IC patient asked, “Has anyone tried Desert Harvest Products?

Desert Harvest is an ICA Patron Level Corporate Partner and their products, especially the freeze dried Aloe Vera capsules, are widely used in the ICA community. (Consult your healthcare provider before trying these or other products.) Click here to read more about supplements. To read the responses to her post join ICA’s Facebook community.

ICA Healthcare Provider Registry

For many people with interstitial cystitis (IC), an effective treatment plan requires a team approach, including urologists and other physicians, nurse practitioners, physical therapists, dietitians, and counselors. The ICA Healthcare Provider Registry includes clinicians who have agreed to be a referral source for IC patients. Any registered user of has access to this tool.

Do you know of other healthcare providers who treat IC patients? Are you a healthcare provider that treats patients with IC and want to be included in the ICA’s Healthcare Provider Registry? Email your name, suffix, specialty, practice name, address, phone number, and website URL to with your request to be included in the ICA Healthcare Provider Registry.

Newest Addition:

Nurse Practitioner- Dallas, TX

IC & Chronic Pain Events

  • IC Support Group Updates
    • Support Group – South Jersey – July 9
    • Support Group – Miami, FL – July 9
    • Support Group – Rhode Island – July 13

Do you run an IC support group? If so, please share your information with us so we can post it on the ICA Support Group page. Want to publicize your next group meeting? Please email your information to 3-4 weeks prior to the meeting date.

ICA Quick Tip:

Do you keep a pain diary? Any IC patient understands that the pain they feel is very real. But do you know how to describe that pain to those around you? Describing interstitial cystitis (IC) pain can be difficult. Some people find it challenging to talk about IC pain, to find just the right words to describe what their pain feels like, to remember when IC pain was at its worst, or when they last felt their best. However, your healthcare provider needs detailed information about your IC pain to plot out its causes and triggers and build a treatment plan. Keeping an IC pain diary can help you keep track of your pain, enhance communication with your healthcare providers, and document progress. – See more at:

Revised Thursday, July 7th, 2016