Interstitial Cystitis (IC) & Chronic Pelvic Pain News

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Navigating Disability – A Must Have ICA Update

2016 Summer2Want to increase your chances of having a successful disability claim? Here’s the cover for the Summer 2016 issue of the ICA Update that you DON’T want to miss! If you have ever contemplated applying for disability, you NEED a copy of this issue. Luckily, if you make a donation commitment of $50 or more you will have online access to this issue as soon as it is published.

If it’s easier for you to make your donation over time, consider joining ICA’s Angel Society and make a monthly gift today of $10, $20, $30, or more. By making a regular monthly donation, you’ll obtain your halo and join others in ICA’s Angel Society. Consider saving a few dollars by making your favorite specialty drink at home, renting a movie rather than going to see one, or fixing yourself a nice dinner at home rather than eating out and redirect those savings each month to ICA. Every gift matters and the convenience of monthly giving multiplies your impact for so many. Your credit card will be charged the amount you designate on the same date each month. Your once-a-month generosity will work every day to ensure early diagnosis and optimal care with dignity for people affected by IC.

In this issue:

  • ICA News
  • Navigating Disability
  • Doctors, IC & Disability
  • Working with IC
  • Doctors Forum: PT as Part of the IC Solution
  • Disability, Not Identity

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, experiences, and emotions.

ICA Facebook Page “Post of the Week”

An IC patient posted, “Has anyone done acupuncture for pelvic pain? My urologist is recommending it but I am wondering if it has worked for anyone?” There are many alternative therapies that have been used to treat IC and other chronic pain conditions.  Unfortunately, like all IC-related treatments, success is highly variable.  Click here for more information on complementary treatments. Read the responses to her post by joining the 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 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 Additions:

  • Physical Therapy – Crested Butte, CO
  • Gynecology – Lovington, NM

IC & Chronic Pain Events

IC Support Group Updates

  • Support Group – Rhode Island – September 21
  • Support Group – South Jersey – September 10
  • Support Group – South Miami, FL – September 10
  • Support Group – Miami, FL – September 11
  • Phone Support Only – Dedham, MA
  • Phone Support Ony – Springfield, VA

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:

Pain is the hallmark of IC. Managing pain is one of the hardest aspects of this condition. When your pain is relenting, out of control, and the IC treatments aren’t helping, don’t give up! Some of the worst pain can be controlled with a proper combination of non-prescription and prescription medicines. Click here to learn more on managing IC pain. Please consult your doctor before starting any new medication.


Revised Friday, September 9th, 2016