Interstitial cystitis is a chronic bladder health condition that causes discomfort or pain in the bladder area. Along with this pain are lower urinary tract symptoms which can last for over six weeks, without any infection or other clear causes.

Interstitial Cystitis is more common in women than men

The condition urges the person to visit the washroom urgently, and frequently. Interstitial cystitis can be treated with a combination of lifestyle changes, medication and other therapies. Surgery is rarely used to treat Interstitial cystitis.

Managing stress

Managing stress is one way to help reduce Interstitial cystitis flare-ups. Some general stress management tips include deep breathing exercises, taking a hot bath, journaling, getting a massage and being physically active. Listening to music, meditation or prayer can help deal with stress.

Diet is Important

Diet is equally important when it comes to managing Interstitial cystitis well. Eliminate caffeinated and citrus drinks as they can irritate the bladder. Others are citrus fruits, chocolate, and tomatoes, alcoholic drinks, spicy foods and carbonated drinks.

Learn about your diet-related triggers by adopting the elimination diet process for 1 to 2 weeks. Here you stop eating food that causes flare ups and observe if you are feeling better. You will be able to recognise the food that causes the irritation.

Maintain a Food Diary

During this elimination diet process, maintain a food diary to record all that you eat and drink. This data will help you to know how certain foods and beverages may affect your bladder and Interstitial cystitis symptoms.

Ask Health care provider to make the right plan

Living with interstitial cystitis is a condition where you learn to manage it well in coordination with your health care provider who can make the right plan for you.

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