Interstitial Cystitis is commonly known as Bladder Pain Syndrome, and awareness of this condition is of utmost importance since it affects millions.
Symptoms of Interstitial Cystitis
- Range from mild to severe
- May come and go, for many, it may come and go
- Most people with Interstitial Cystitis feel pain and pressure in the bladder area
- Symptoms are similar to a bladder infection, but IC does not respond to antibiotics
Interstitial Cystitis treatment options should be decided with your doctor. Changes in lifestyle may help control symptoms. Just for information, 8 in 10 people with this condition are women.
Diet to Follow in Interstitial Cystitis
- Certain foods make symptoms for Interstitial Cystitis worse
- Avoid citrus fruits such as oranges, grapefruits, lemons or limes.
- Avoid spicy food, and also limit caffeine, carbonated drinks and alcohol
- Cranberry products may trigger irritation in an Interstitial cystitis bladder
- Interstitial Cystitis friendly fruits are pears, mild sweet apples and blueberries.
- Follow the elimination method for choosing your diet
- Stop eating all kinds of foods that irritate your bladder for a week or two.
- In addition to following a strict diet, limit stress as much as possible
- Come up with new coping methods to deal with emotional and mental stress
- Develop useful strategies that may help manage pain better
Other Lifestyle Tips
- Quit smoking as it can worsen symptoms of Interstitial Cystitis
- Wear comfortable, loose clothing
- Interstitial Cystitis-friendly activities including yoga, Pilates, and walking
- For tenderness or pain in the pelvic floor area, manipulative physical therapy may help reduce pain.
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