Interstitial Cystitis · Lists

20 Things Not to Say to Someone with Interstitial Cystitis/Bladder Pain Syndrome

The final article in this series of lists looks at the things people tend to say inappropriately when people reveal they've got the bladder condition Interstitial Cystitis.  For more information about that disease, click this link. If you've made your way through all 5 of these articles, then not only am I super pleased but… Continue reading 20 Things Not to Say to Someone with Interstitial Cystitis/Bladder Pain Syndrome

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THIS WEEKS FEATURE: My Treatments for Interstitial Cystitis

Welcome to this series of "THIS WEEKS FEATURE" which focuses on the treatments I have tried for my various health conditions. As I mentioned in the first one (which was about Endometriosis - access that here), this series is just to provide a personal experience which I hope helps someone.  I know I am a… Continue reading THIS WEEKS FEATURE: My Treatments for Interstitial Cystitis

Interstitial Cystitis · Pain

DAYS 27 and 28 of the Chronic Pain and Insterstitial Cystitis Awareness Month Challenge

The September awareness months are drawing to and end, and I've impressed myself that I have not missed a day (albeit some posts have been a bit late!). Today I am going to share my answers to days 27 and 28. Credit to @ostdalost for the Chronic Pain Awareness Challenge and @fitchickwithendo for the Interstitial… Continue reading DAYS 27 and 28 of the Chronic Pain and Insterstitial Cystitis Awareness Month Challenge

Interstitial Cystitis · Tips

Travelling with A Grumpy Bladder (part of Interstitial Cystitis Awareness month)

Similarly to my most recent article on Chronic Pain Awareness month, Interstitial Cystitis Awareness month has its own photo challenge on social media.  Once again, it was created by a fellow spoonie, and it's a little bit different from some of the others I've participated in, as each day is simply a word.  This leaves… Continue reading Travelling with A Grumpy Bladder (part of Interstitial Cystitis Awareness month)

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INTERSTITIAL CYSTITIS AWARENESS MONTH: Life With a Catheter

Urinary catheters are an invasive medical device that are used to either control urination after surgery, assist in emptying the bladder or as a means of preventing urinary symptoms altogether. As they are an invasive device, they come with a risk of infection, and urine infections account of 17.2% of infections caused by medical devices. … Continue reading INTERSTITIAL CYSTITIS AWARENESS MONTH: Life With a Catheter

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INTERSTITIAL CYSTITIS AWARENESS MONTH: My SNS Journey

SNS.  The light at the end of the tunnel.  The treatment that made such a big improvement, even the NHS trust were impressed. SNS stands for "sacral nerve stimulation", but it is sometimes also known as SNM - "sacral nerve neuromodulation" - or the Interstim device. It is a specific treatment for managing certain bladder… Continue reading INTERSTITIAL CYSTITIS AWARENESS MONTH: My SNS Journey

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INTERSTITIAL CYSTITIS AWARENESS MONTH: I.C. and Me

I realise that I haven't featured Interstitial Cystitis (I.C.) in the September awareness months as much as I have with chronic pain.  It's not deliberate, it's just that pain is a lot more relevant at the moment. If you want to know more detail about what Interstitial Cystitis is, then you can follow this link… Continue reading INTERSTITIAL CYSTITIS AWARENESS MONTH: I.C. and Me

Interstitial Cystitis · Pain

DAYS 11, 12, 13 and 14 of The Chronic Pain and Interstitial Cystitis Awareness Challenges

I may have fallen a little behind with the awareness photo challenges - sorry!  It's been so busy and I've been in a lot of pain that it hasn't been something I've kept up with. I've loved seeing the posts others have shared on Instagram, so here are my answers to the days 11, 12, 13 and… Continue reading DAYS 11, 12, 13 and 14 of The Chronic Pain and Interstitial Cystitis Awareness Challenges

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DAY 6 of Chronic Pain and Interstitial Cystitis Awareness Month

As mentioned in one of my previous articles, September is a busy month as it serves as the awareness month for both chronic pain and Interstitial Cystitis. I'm taking part in the photo challenges created by two fellow Instagrammers, but thought that as day 6 was quite an apt day considering what I am currently… Continue reading DAY 6 of Chronic Pain and Interstitial Cystitis Awareness Month

Adenomyosis · Endometriosis · Interstitial Cystitis · Pain

CHRONIC PAIN AWARENESS MONTH: Alternative Forms of Pain Relief

There probably will come a point in your chronic pain journey where you are either finding pain relief ineffective or the side effects from the strong stuff unpleasant, and you are advised to look to alternative forms of pain relief. Now, the words "alternative forms of pain relief" might get you feeling anxious because it… Continue reading CHRONIC PAIN AWARENESS MONTH: Alternative Forms of Pain Relief