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Fact or Fiction?

Written on 01/11/2019

Interstitial cystitis is a condition that most people know nothing about. Heck, even most people living with the disease don't know everything about it. It doesn't help that there are dozens of myths about the condition and a myriad of treatments that muddy the waters, too. Innovations Stem Cell Center can help clear up confusion about interstitial cystitis, its causes and, most importantly, its treatment.

Myths About Interstitial Cystitis

Myth: Interstitial cystitis is just another type of bladder condition.
Truth: While the bladder is involved, IC also affects the nervous system and the pelvic floor, too. IC causes inflammation, pain and pressure in the area of the bladder/belly button. Many people with IC have to go to the bathroom frequently - up to 40 to 60 times per day - because of their condition.

Myth: Interstitial cystitis is a very rare condition.
Truth: Not so much. Researchers believe that IC affects at least 12 million Americans. In fact, IC occurs more frequently than Alzheimer's disease, type 1 diabetes, stroke and heart attack combined.

Myth: Interstitial cystitis only affects women.
Truth: This one's not true either; although a condition that affects the pelvic floor may seem related to women only, men and women have an equal risk of developing IC. Many men are misdiagnosed with chronic prostatitis instead of IC, which for many men means living in frustration and pain until diagnosed correctly.

Myth: IC sufferers should all eat the same diet to minimize flares.
Truth: There is no such thing as a standard diet for IC sufferers. Some foods can cause flares of the condition in some individuals but not affect others. We suggest you track your meals to see if any particular items create a flare and that you try to eat as healthily as possible.

Myth: There is no treatment for interstitial cystitis.
Truth: There is no cure for IC, but there are treatment options! These include bladder stretching, medication and physical therapy, which can help to mitigate symptoms. And there is another way to help reduce inflammation and pain caused by IC: fat stem cell therapy from Innovations Stem Cell Center.

Find out how stem cell therapy can help you by calling us today at 214-256-1462.