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A better understanding of interstitial cystitis can lead to better treatment.
If you think you may have interstitial cystitis (IC), it's easy to feel discouraged. But rest assured, in many people IC is a treatable medical condition that can be improved over time.
If you suspect your bladder pain and/or discomfort may be IC, or you have been diagnosed with IC and are managing its symptoms, consider the following:
- Understand your symptoms
Having a clear understanding of your symptoms can lead to appropriate treatment.
- Complete and print out the IC Self-Screener
Answer a few questions about your symptoms to help you and your doctor come to a quicker diagnosis.
- Schedule a visit with a specialist
Since misdiagnosis of IC is common, the sooner you visit a doctor familiar with IC, the better. Urologists and obstetrician/gynecologists (OB/GYNs) tend to be most familiar with IC, due to their specialized clinical experience.
- Prepare for your visit
Make the most of your doctor visit and be prepared to ask some questions about your symptoms and IC treatment options.
- Track your IC symptoms
Keep a record of the severity and frequency of your symptoms, and see if any patterns exist over time.
- Helpful IC dietary guidelines
Since certain foods and drinks can trigger flare-ups of your IC symptoms, it is important to pay attention to your diet. Following these dietary guidelines may help you reduce flare-ups.