Treating Interstitial Cystitis: Lifestyle Changes
Many different types of treatment are available to help manage IC symptoms and relieve pain. Some may work well for one person and not for another, so several types of treatment may be tried before you and your doctor determine the plan that's best for you.
Avoiding Certain Foods
Avoid certain foods that may worsen your symptoms. These include alcohol, spicy food, chocolate, caffeine, citrus fruits and juices, tomatoes, and carbonated drinks. You may want to try cutting certain foods out of your diet for several weeks, then add the food back into your diet. See whether this has any effect on your symptoms.
Retraining Your Bladder
Retrain your bladder if recommended by your doctor. This often involves holding urine in for longer and longer periods to help stretch the bladder and increase the amount the bladder can hold.
Manage stress in your life. Stress doesn't cause IC, but it can make your symptoms worse. Ask your doctor about techniques to help you relax and relieve stress. Meditation, massage, and yoga are some possibilities. Exercise is an excellent way to help relieve stress. Walking and swimming are two good choices that may be comfortable enough for you to do regularly.