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Bladder Pain Syndrome (Interstitial Cystitis) - Topic Overview

How can you manage your pain?

Your doctor will help you manage your pain, but there are also things you can do. Here are some ideas:

  • Stay active in ways that don't trigger pain, such as walking, yoga, or pilates.
  • If sitting for a long time causes pain, find out about using a standing desk.
  • Eat foods that are good for you. It will help you feel better. If spicy foods, coffee, or alcohol are a problem, avoid them.

What else can you do?

Other things you can do to manage the symptoms of BPS include:

  • Find ways to relax and actionset.gif lower your stress, such as taking warm tub baths, listening to restful music, or meditating.
  • Join a support group for people who have chronic pain. Contact the American Chronic Pain Association at www.theacpa.org for more information about groups near you.
  • Talk to a counselor. Look for one who has had training in managing chronic pain.

This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: May 13, 2013
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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