Interstitial cystitis and CAM

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) offers new approaches to managing chronic pain conditions like interstitial cystitis (IC). However, there is a lack of published findings on the use of CAM for controlling IC symptoms, including pelvic pain with associated urinary frequency and urgency.
To glean new insights, the Interstitial Cystitis Association (ICA) surveyed IC patients on their use of CAM therapies. Data collected from 2,101 individuals, including 1,982 with a confirmed IC diagnosis, was analyzed by The Pelvic and Sexual Health Institute of Philadelphia.
The survey turned out to be the largest ever of patients with IC in a scientific study. The article “Interstitial Cystitis Patients’ Use and Rating of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Therapies,” published in the November 2012 issue of the International Urogynecology Journal, summarizes the findings.
“A great number of respondents had tried CAM—84 percent. Of much interest is the finding that over half, 55 percent, of physicians recommended CAM to their IC patients,” said Barbara Gordon, executive director of the Interstitial Cystitis Association and one of the authors of the article. “Sixty-three percent of patients reported discussing the safety and effectiveness of a CAM therapy with their doctor, nurse or pharmacist.”

Source  - Interstitial Cystitis Association

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