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Painful, disabling interstitial cystitis often goes undiagnosed

August 4, 2011
  • By Carolyn Schatz, Former Editor, Harvard Women's Health Watch

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Carolyn Schatz, Former Editor, Harvard Women's Health Watch

Carolyn R. Schatz was the editor of the Harvard Women’s Health Watch from 1999 to May 2012. Before joining HHP, Carolyn developed and produced science and medical stories for NBC News in New York. She received two … See Full Bio
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February 12, 2012

This is helpful, You’re an excessively professional blogger. I have joined up with your feed and also be up for on the lookout for more of your great article. Also, I’ve shared your web blog in my social networking sites!

Heather Smith
January 4, 2012

Informative post, thanks for sharing were to seek help when you this illness and also for the tips not to have it.

October 6, 2011

Interstitial Cystitis will discovered after +- 4 years of research and lots of (2x) urologists you will be diagnosed (too late). It would be great when urologists will specialize themselves more into IC and work together more. The research must take in one day instead of several days. For an IC patient traveling aint the best solution. So this is my advice and hope I see you on the biggest Interstitial Cystitis community IC-Today

Jeff Johnson
August 23, 2011

I have already been visiting your site for 3 days. absolutely love your posts. by

the way i’m conducting a research concerning this topic. do you happen to know

other good sites or perhaps online forums where I might get more information?
I think youve made some truly interesting points. Not too many people would

actually think about this the way you just did. Im really impressed that theres so

much about this subject thats been uncovered and you did it so well, with so much

class. Good one you, man! Really great stuff here

Carolyn Schatz
September 26, 2011

Hi Jeff,
The main patient information and advocacy Web sites for interstitial cystitis are the Interstitial Cystitis Association (800-435-7422, and the Interstitial Cystitis Network (707-538-9442, They make a point of being up-to-date on research and new approaches to treatment for this difficult condition. They’re a good place to start.

August 21, 2011

whether the disease can be cured?
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Carolyn Schatz
August 21, 2011

Hi zey,
No, there’s no cure so far. But there are several approaches (including medications, diet, relaxation techniques, and so forth) that many women with interstitial cystitis have found helpful. We describe these approaches in the article in Harvard Women’s Health Watch that we mention and link to, above, in the blog.

August 8, 2011

Nice post..

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