IC Success stories

Sydney, Los Angeles
I once was blind, but now, IC...
I think that it is important to say to anyone who has been just diagnosed with IC and is now desperately searching for help that there is definitely hope. You have come to the right place and I assure you that Matia Brizman can and will help you. 
I was diagnosed with IC on February 14th (Valentine's Day) of 2003, almost a year ago. At that point I was in so much pain and under so much emotional duress that I was actually hoping to be diagnosed with IC. I wanted an end to all of this agony. It had been almost seven moths since the initial onset of pain and as
Susan, Colorado
I was one of those gullible people who believed their gynecologist when he said "You can stay on the pill all the way into menopause." I was on the pill for 26 years. What a mistake! I liked being on the pill and had no problems with it, but it has caused much anguish in my life for the past year and a half.  
I am one of the lucky ones in that I have a mild case of ic. I do not capitalize ic because I refuse to give it that importance. The word "I" is always capitalized and that's what is important! 
I went to three gynecologists, two urologists, one holistic doctor, and an acupuncturist
Stephanie, Oregon
January 31, 2008
Hello, my name is Stephanie and I am recovering from IC.  I wanted to post my story so that others who are in a similar situation as I was several years ago—feeling hopeless in my search for relief and answers about my illness—can find hope that there is relief, there are answers, you are not the only one going through this suffering and it’s CERTAINLY not “just in your head” as some medical professionals were leading me to believe.
As I recall the situation I was in eight years ago when all this started, I am surprised at how painful these memories still are for me.  It
Sarah, New York
(Name changed for privacy)
My problems with my bladder began in August of 2001. I was 25 years old, had a successful job in Chicago, lived in the city with friends, and was leading a very happy life. That all changed one day. I woke up one morning with urgency, frequency, and pain, all which came on very quickly. I had never had a bladder infection, but assumed that that was most likely what it was. I went to my doctor, who tested me, found bacteria in my urine, and prescribed seven days of antibiotics. After a week, I still had the same symptoms, and went back, expecting him to find
Rita, Los Angeles
The earliest memory I have of IC symptoms was when I was about eight years old. I knew by then that I was different from other people as far as my bladder was concerned. I usually had to urinate about every 20-60 minutes. I had never met anyone like me. I also had repeated bouts of strep throat, joint pains, leg aches, rheumatic fever, and mitral valve prolapse.
I didn't experience any bladder pain until I was fifteen. I used to go into the bathroom between classes to urinate and put cold, wet paper towels against me to try and stop the burning. I would also drink some water and the pain
Rayanna, New York
Hi, my name is Rayanna. I am 8 years old and a patient of Matia. My story starts when I was a baby and had a respiratory virus. The doctors gave me Albuteral and Pedipred (a steroid) to help me to breath. Unfortunately those drugs compromise your immune system.
When I was 3 and started to potty train, since my immune system was not working like it should, I was susceptible to UTIs which I started getting every 3-4 months. The doctor ran tests to see if there were any problems that were causing them but there was nothing abnormal so after two years of several infections he put me on a low dose
Peggy, Southern California
I guess I've had IC for about 16 or so years. I started off by getting repeated bladder infections that cleared up with antibiotics. Then I got one that wouldn't clear up, the symptoms continued, so my family doctor sent me to a urologist. They tried urethral dilations first. That felt like hell. I'm convinced it was some sort of masochistic torture device. Then they tried to get me to urinate while on some machine to measure, but I couldn't go even when they put me behind a curtain, so they didn't get any more information. I don't remember having any problems again for a while, maybe a year
Pam, Brunei / U.K.
I have been a long distance patient of Matia's for nearly two years.
Previously I had followed the usual Western medications and theories on IC the reasons for its development and supposed cures. However I knew deep down that the answer lay somewhere else and I began searching the Internet and reading as much as possible about IC. Through this searching I came across an interview Matia had given and her approach to IC. 
Up until this stage in my life I had never really thought much about alternative medicine. In fact I never thought much about medicine at all. I have always been very healthy
Natasha, Los Angeles
I have seen comments on the boards about wishing that there were more success stories posted. Briefly, here's my story.
After three bladder infections in three months (and no bladder infection the previous 10 years) and after an incredibly painful and scary "process of elimination" I was told - "you have IC." Then, after months with one premier UR "specialist" where I left with a list of 8 drugs to take (4 of which I was told I would take forever) and a bad feeling that I was not on the right path, I chose to try Dr. Fugazawa's program. Then, after three months taking antibiotics (one that I
Natalie, Pennsylvania
My story of Interstitial Cystitis actually begins with my sister. Her story is on this website too. My sister, Missy, had IC for about 2 years before I started getting similar symptoms. Because of her history and struggle with IC, I was all too familiar with Interstitial Cystitis. I was terrified when I got a urinary tract infection, all I could think of Interstitial Cystitis . I had a few bladder infections earlier in my life, but this one did not go away with the antibiotics. I had my urine tested again after the third dose of antibiotics and when the culture came back negative, I was sure