Interstitial Cystitis or IC is a condition that causes varying degrees of pain in your bladder and abdomen. The chances of IC developing in women are nearly ten times more than for men. The symptoms of interstitial cystitis vary from person to person but typically include urinary discomfort or a frequent and urgent need to urinate. These symptoms and the pain may intensify for women during their menstrual cycle. The pain of interstitial cystitis comes from the inflammation of the tissues located in your bladder wall. Interstitial cystitis is a very troublesome condition that greatly impacts the lives of the people who suffer from it. It becomes an anchor that prevents you from doing the things you want to do because of the constant need to urinate. Don’t give up hope, we can help!
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As outlined above, interstitial cystitis is a chronic bladder inflammation that is not due to an infection. We address interstitial cystitis using chiropractic adjustments to remove subluxations. In addition, we provide patients with a specific protocol to follow which includes nutrition guidance and certain products and supplements. The following is an example of the Protocol for Interstitial Cystitis:
(1). Chiropractic adjustments and care as recommended by Baker Chiropractic physician.
(2). Optimal 1 Digestion: Take 2 with each meal.
(3). Optimal 2 Vitamin / Mineral /Antioxidant: Take 2 in the morning and 2 at night.
(4). Optimal Flora: Take 3 in the morning and 3 at night.
(5). Optimal Acute: Take 2 between breakfast and lunch and 2 between lunch and dinner.
If you suffer from interstitial cystitis or think you may suffer from IC, you may have been told by other doctors that there is no cure nor is there any effective treatment. When diagnosed with IC, a patient is usually put through a serious of trial and error tests until something reduces the pain or helps the urge to urinate. A variety of medications are often prescribed to try and find something that provides relief. These drugs include such names as Elmiron, Opioid, Elavil and Vistaril. The testing to try and find some degree of relief can take many weeks and even months. As a result, a considerable amount of time and money is wasted with no guarantee of success.
The team of doctors at Baker Chiropractic have been extremely effective at treating interstitial cystitis for nearly 20 years. People who suffer from IC usually turn to us after becoming fed up with the care they had been receiving or simply never realized that chiropractic care is effective in treating interstitial cystitis. Baker Chiropractic and Wellness patients who were diagnosed with interstitital cystitis asked Dr. Paul Baker to share their stories.
Here they are in their words:
“You have known me for four years since I have been coming to Baker Chiropractic for a variety of medical problems. I am writing to you and asking you to share with everyone a very embarrassing, debilitating and life changing disease that I was diagnosed with in December, 2009.
You have helped me with so many things that I never even thought to ask you if you and chiropractic adjustments could help me with this disease. In October, 2010, when I truly felt at my lowest as my body was filled with pain, I asked you if you could help me with all the excruciating pain I was having. I was diagnosed with Interstitial Cystitis (IC) after going to two of my doctors and having some uncomfortable testing from both doctors. I remember specifically that I asked you in a “whisper”, if you could help me with the IC. I didn’t want anyone to hear me asking you because it is very difficult to talk about. I couldn’t believe it when you told me you had helped other patients with Interstitial Cystitis and you explained how you do this.
As you know, Interstitial Cystitis can be found in both males and females. In my understanding, the inner lining of the bladder becomes inflamed like it is raw inside. This is a problem with all the different kinds of foods and drinks someone consumes. There is a very strict diet for IC and while on this diet, I felt like I was starving and I was still having painful problems. My doctors told me they had no idea what truly causes it. There is only one medicine available at $365.00 per month, taken three times a day and the minor in-office procedures to help with the pain are expensive as well. The IC is extremely painful and can make you urinate up to 60 times a day and the hardest part is the very painful bladder spasms. This is worse than pregnancy or kidney stones.
Dr. Paul, after two adjustments and your manipulations to the correct area of my spine and the nerves to my bladder…the Interstitial Cystitis and all the pain has stopped!! You still give me adjustments in this area on my regular visits and I can’t believe I have my life back again…thanks to you!! I had gotten to the point where I didn’t leave my home for weeks at a time and you gave me back my freedom. I have no symptoms at all. The pain and spasms are gone. I can’t thank you enough for your help these past four years and especially with the IC. I truly hope your patients that may have this disease can come forward to you and let you heal them as you did for me.
With heartfelt thanks…you are definitely my hero and the best Doctor in the USA!’
“I was battling Interstitial Cystitis or IC for 3 years before meeting Dr. Paul Baker. When my problem first started, I was on antibiotics a number of times which I believe made my situation worse. I was finally diagnosed with IC and prescribed IC medicine. I tried other procedures too like instillation and dilation every 1 or 2 months for more than a year.
Initially, I could control my symptoms to an extent while on medications but as time passed, nothing helped. I grew very tired of regular visits to the doctor’s office and spending lots of money. Finally, I decided to restrict my diet and started regular workouts in order to keep my problem minimized. I had become hopeless about a complete cure for my disease.
One Monday morning, I woke up with a severe IC flare-up and my back was hurting too. I thought I had just pulled a muscle from the work I had done over the weekend and my backache would go away. But I wasn’t sure what was aggravating my IC pain. I missed work and school for 4 days and tried everything I could think of at home to alleviate my symptoms. On Thursday morning, I was searching the internet for a doctor in Cincinnati that could treat IC and came across the Baker Chiropractic website.
Although I had my doubts about chiropractic care, I wanted to give it a try. I was already hopeless from failed medical treatments for my IC and on top of it, my back was hurting too. After an X-ray, Dr. Paul told me that I had a subluxation for a very long time and all my symptoms were related. Surprisingly, I actually got some relief after my very first chiropractic adjustment which convinced me to continue adjustments. Dr. Paul also suggested a natural detox solution for everyday use which has become my favorite remedy. Now, I can eat and drink regularly.
Within 2-3 weeks, I was completely symptoms free! It’s been 2 months and I don’t have any IC troubles anymore. I am still getting adjusted in order to completely correct my spine and keep it healthy. I love the many benefits, some which I didn’t even expect. I have a healthier abdomen and my chronic dry eye problem is getting better too.
Thanks to Dr. Paul Baker, I would recommend anyone suffering from Interstitial Cystitis to give Baker Chiropractic a try. I believe they will create wonders for you just like they did for me!”
“In early March of this year, I was diagnosed with Interstitial Cystitis (IC). I had been having problems consistently for 6-8 months. I did not even know what IC was; I just knew that I felt like I had a bladder infection every single day. The medicine the doctor prescribed for me causes breathing problems if taken over a period of time. The medication didn’t take care of the problem, only gave me a little relief of the symptoms. I felt miserable most of the time and just wanted to feel better. The urologist did not even explain what IC was, he just said I needed to have a couple of tests done, one of which I would need to be put to sleep for. To me that was not an option, so I decided to do some research of my own. In doing so, I discovered that Baker Chiropractic successfully treated my condition.
I called Dr. Matt Finke’s office and talked to Teresa who told me “Absolutely yes! We do treat IC!” and then talked with me at great length. After meeting with Dr. Matt and beginning my care and adjustments, I was amazed that after the first week my symptoms had greatly improved. After the second week, I no longer felt like I had a daily bladder infection. All I can say is WOW! I have only continued to improve in so many ways; my neck, shoulders, my lower back, my overall health. I had always thought of myself as a healthy person, but I am so much healthier in many different ways since going to see Dr. Matt. The adjustments are a big part of what they do, but they also teach a holistic approach to life.
Thank you so much Dr. Matt, Teresa, Leanne, and Kimberly! I am so grateful that I found your office and I plan to continue getting adjusted for the rest of my life because it just makes sense if you truly want to be healthy! Even if you think you are the healthiest person on the planet, and you may be, I encourage you to see Dr. Matt. You don’t know what you don’t know. There may be things going on that you aren’t even aware of. The 37 year-old son of a friend of mine passed away Saturday night leaving a wife, a 6 year-old and a 2 year-old behind. Two months ago he started having stomach pains and was diagnosed with liver cancer that had spread to his intestines. The doctors told him there was nothing they could do to help him, so his children watched him die. I’m not trying to scare you. If you have a pain, please don’t run to your doctor thinking you have cancer. I’m just saying there are preventative measures you can take to live a healthy life that doesn’t include surgery, medicine, or chemicals.
BE HEALTHY! ”