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 support and provides comfort for patients, family members, friends, and healthcare professionals in search of better understanding the impact of IC. Below is a list of some current hot topics. Join the growing ICA Online Support Community, where you can be connected to thousands of other people experiencing similar symptoms, situations, and emotions.

ICA Facebook Page “Post of the Week”

Pelvic Sanity posted “This week, we tackle the 7 biggest myths about #InterstitialCystitis. First up, we debunk the persistent myth that IC is rare, which makes it harder for IC patients to be diagnosed and to receive research funding for the condition. That’s a big reason that the Interstitial Cystitis Association works so hard to raise awareness and educate both the medical community and patients about IC.”

Read the responses to this post by joining ICA’s Facebook community. With over 30,000 followers currently using this Facebook community, support is just a click away.

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 www.ichelp.org has access to this tool. Do you know of other healthcare providers who treat IC patients? Are you a healthcare provider who treats patients with IC and wants to be included in the ICA’s Healthcare Provider Registry? Email your name, suffix, specialty, practice name, address, phone number, and website URL to ICAmail@ichelp.org with your request to be included in the ICA Healthcare Provider Registry.

Latest Updates:

  • Physical Therapist – Charlottesville, VA
  • Physical Therapist – Weston, FL
  • Physical Therapist – Santa Maria, CA
  • Registered Dietitian – Santa Maria, CA
  • Registered Dietitian Nutritionist – Smyrna, TN

IC Support Group Updates

ICA is pleased to provide you with a list of IC, painful bladder syndrome (PBS), and chronic pelvic pain support groups in the United States and around the world. Go to www.ichelp.org/us-support-groups to log in and search for a support group in your area.

  • IC Support Group – Rhode Island – Apr 1
  • IC Support Group – Metro Atlanta – May 18
  • IC Support Group – Bowling Green, KY – April 20

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 icamail@ichelp.org 3-4 weeks prior to the meeting date.

ICA Quick Tip:

So you (or a friend/family member) have IC, now what? When first diagnosed with IC you may feel alone. Don’t — 4 to 12 million people may have IC. At the ICA, we offer the most need-to-know information for IC patients and the best information to help you live with IC. Read more in the ICA’s Newly Diagnosed Toolkit at www.ichelp.org/newlydiagnosedtoolkit.

Revised Friday, March 31st, 2017