The Interstitial Cystitis Survival Guide: Your Guide to the Latest Treatment Options and Coping Strategies


If you are one of more than 700,000 American who suffers from interstitial cystitis (IC), you probably know its symptoms of recurring bladder pain and other discomforts can have a devastating impact on the quality of life—for both you and your family. Often misdiagnosed, IC sufferers are routinely put through a battery of unfamiliar tests, prescribed a variety of medications, or even encouraged to have surgical interventions.

If you’ve experienced the medical system runaround or...

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If you are one of more than 700,000 American who suffers from interstitial cystitis (IC), you probably know its symptoms of recurring bladder pain and other discomforts can have a devastating impact on the quality of life—for both you and your family. Often misdiagnosed, IC sufferers are routinely put through a battery of unfamiliar tests, prescribed a variety of medications, or even encouraged to have surgical interventions.

If you’ve experienced the medical system runaround or live in dread of your next IC flare-up, The Interstitial Surcvival Guide offers both real help and hope. This self-care guide is designed to uncomplicate the process and empower you to make sure you are getting the most appropriate treatment for your condition. Dr. Robert Moldwin, director of the Interstitial Cystitis Center in Long Island, NY, helps you:

  • Gain a clear understanding of what IC is and how it’s diagnosed
  • Evaluate the latest medications and their side effects
  • Make informed decisions about surgery and other treatment options
  • Learn the latest, most up-to-date medical, nonmedical, and alternative strategies for managing and reducing symptoms
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Comprehensive, thoroughly researched, and sensitively presented, this book gives up-to-the-minute information on every aspect of the disease. It is a pivotal and invaluable guide to surviving and beating IC. Thank you, Dr. Moldwin!”
—Debra Slade, President of The national Bladder Foundation

“Both newly diagnosed and long-suffering IC patients will find this book an outstanding information and reference resource. Each chapter is succinct, up-to-date, and complete. Medical professionals will constantly refer to this book as they counsel and treat patients with IC.”
—Grannum R. Sant, M.D., Professor and Chairman, Department of Urology, Tufts University School of Medicine

“Complete, accurate, and contemporary…the Interstitial Cystitis Survival Guide will serve as an excellent reference not only for the patient, but also those clinicians who are interested in treating this disease. Every aspect of this difficult clinical problem is discussed in depth with clear and concise organization. This is an excellent reference book answering many of the questions that arise both from physicians and patients. Certainly, this is a much-needed book that will inform many patients and assist the treating physician with modern thoughts and theories regarding etiology and treatment.”
—S.Grant Mulholland, M.D., Professor and Chairman, Department of Urology, Thomas Jefferson Medical College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572242104
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Series: Unassigned Series
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 296,796
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert M. Moldwin, MD, FACS, is director of the Interstitial Cystitis Center of the Long Island Jewish Medical Center (LIJMC).He is an assistant professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University in New York City.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Introduction 1
Chapter 1 Interstitial Cystitis 101: The Basics 5
Chapter 2 Diagnosing Interstitial Cystitis 9
Chapter 3 What Causes Interstitial Cystitis? 35
Chapter 4 Medical Conditions Associated with Interstitial Cystitis 43
Chapter 5 Oral Medications 81
Chapter 6 Medications Introduced into the Bladder 113
Chapter 7 The Male with Interstitial Cystitis 131
Chapter 8 Surgery and the Interstitial Cystitis Patient 149
Chapter 9 Sex and Interstitial Cystitis 167
Chapter 10 Conservative Therapies for Interstitial Cystitis 175
Chapter 11 Support for the Interstitial Cystitis Patient 193
Glossary 201
Resources 211
References 221
Index 229
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2000

    Destined to be read by all patients & MDs

    Dr. Moldwin is known not only for his knowledge of and interest in IC but also his care for the IC patients in his clinic. As we reviewed the book, it became clear that he has truly listened to the concerns of the men and women with IC. He also understands the dilemmas that many physicians face as they seek effective treatments. He has responded to both needs by writing an IC Survival Guide filled with useful information & strategies. It is exceptionally well written and an ideal book for physicians and patients who want a thoughtful and organized discussion of IC, patient care, treatment strategies and related research. His discussion of IC treatment options is the most comprehensive we've seen to date, with explanations on how the treatment is supposed to work as well as known research results and side effects. In addition to the old standards (DMSO, Elmiron & others), he also covers most of the newer proposed treatments (BCG, Capsaicin, etc.). These chapters alone are worth the price of the book. Another highlight is the discussion of related conditions to IC, such as pelvic floor dysfunction, vulvodynia, urethral syndrome, UTI and others. The pelvic floor discussion explains pelvic floor physiology and how, over the long term, pelvic floor dysfunction can contribute to a cycle of bladder pain and irritation. Men with IC will appreciate his chapter titled 'The Male with Interstitial Cystitis.' In addition to covering conditions commonly confused with IC, such as diseases of the prostate, bladder, seminal vesicals & pelvic floor, he also outlines a treatment plan subtly different from that used with women. IC patients seeking new information on pain management will find his discussion of narcotics extremely useful as they consider various pain medications. He differentiates between short- and long-acting narcotic therapies, and the side effects associated with various medications. His discussion of the concerns over the use of pain medication will ease many unnecessary fears for IC patients. Inspired writing! And, a first in print, he offers a discussion of pregnancy and IC, including a guide for patients considering C-section versus vaginal delivery! The 'Interstitial Cystitis Survival Guide' is likely the best mass-market book to be published on IC in recent memory. It is destined to be on the shelves of every clinic and every patient seeking guidance. Both newly diagnosed patients and grizzled IC veterans will find new and helpful information included. Jill O, Founder & CEO Interstitial Cystitis Network

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