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Suggestions for Pain Relief from Interstitial Cystitis

woman-getting-reikiPelvic pain is one of the most common reasons women come to my office.  There are a variety of reasons why women suffer from pelvic pain, and oftentimes Interstitial Cystitis is the culprit.  This painful, annoying condition can feel like you have a Urinary Tract Infection combined with menstrual cramps– because of this it is oftentimes misdiagnosed by doctors.

To relieve pain from Interstitial Cystitis (and to heal your bladder) we use a combination of medication, direct application of medication into the bladder (through a small catheter), and Tibial Nerve Therapy.  Additionally, we ask that patients make dietary changes or visit a nutritionist in order to safely eliminate trigger foods from their diet while maintaining good health.

In the Fall/Winter 2015 issue of ICA Update there are twelve suggestions for relieving the pain associated with Interstitial Cystitis without using prescription medication.  Patients wrote in and gave over twenty suggestions– these twelve are likely the most popular:

  1. 1.  Dietary Modification (eliminating foods that are bothersome to your bladder)
  2. 2.  Prelief (an over-the-counter pill that takes the acid out of food while you eat)
  3. 3.  Medicinal Herbs or Teas (check with your doctor beforehand)
  4. 4.  CystoProtek (a supplement that promotes bladder health)
  5. 5.  Fish Oil/Omega 3
  6. 6.  Physical Therapy
  7. 7.  Bladder Training
  8. 8.  CBT (Cognitive-behavioral therapy designed to help patients change behaviors and apply practical skills)
  9. 9.  Meditation
  10. 10. Yoga
  11. 11. Acupuncture
  12. 12. Reiki


The article suggests that using a variety of treatments may be the best approach to treating IC pain.  It can take several months for your bladder to begin to heal, so try different techniques until you find something that works.  There are a few people here in Chico I recommend to my patients for Acupuncture and Physical Therapy.  If you need a recommendation I’m happy to help.


Source:  “12 Alternative Approaches to IC Pain.” ICA Update Fall/Winter. 2015: 13-15. Print.

Posted in Bladder, Interstitial Cystitis, Treatments

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