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June 2002 Issue

Misunderstood Bladder Disease Symptoms May Be Linked to Diet

Q. Iíve been diagnosed with interstitial cystitis and have noticed that certain foods seem to make my bladder pain worse. What should I avoid? A. Many people with interstitial cystitis (IC) find that acidic foods and beverages cause a flare-up of symptoms, which include increased frequency and urgency of urination, accompanied by burning. IC is a chronic, inflammatory condition of the bladder characterized by pinpoint hemorrhages (small points of bleeding) and, in some

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