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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 for more information about groups near you.
  • Talk to a counselor. Look for one who has had training in managing chronic pain.

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: September 09, 2014
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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