IC Success stories

Lisa, Los Angeles
Lisa's symptoms started about 20 years ago. They were a little different from the norm. Mainly, she had frequency, urgency, and at the worst point, pressure on the right side of her abdominal/pelvic area. She had gone to doctors, including well known pioneers of IC like Dr. Larrian Gillespie.
Lisa did have a cystoscopy, which ruled out IC, but she had all the typical symptoms. She would have good and bad periods, but she took no medication. Two years prior to seeing Matia the symptoms flared up again. She saw more urologists, one of whom put her on Pyridium. It did not help her. Over time she
Lisa the Esthetician
Hi Friends,
I thought I would take a moment to share my amazing success story with all of you who are at the beginning of your journey on the road to recovery. My story begins when I was a child. I remember feeling the burning sensation very young. As young as 5 or 6.I constantly felt pain through my young teens and through High School.  During my senior year I had to leave my friends and attend home school because I was missing too many classes and we needed to find out what was wrong with me. Six months later, I was diagnosed with IC. 
My journey to recovery began in 2004. When I started
Karla, Illinois
My story starts like everyone else's, a story of pain, confusion and unobtainable answers. Maybe some of you can relate.
I'm not exactly sure when the pain started, as it seems like I've always had it. I never had many urinary infections, when I was young, so I didn't really correlate the two. My horse fell on me at the age of 17, causing much internal damage, I'm sure. I started on birth control pills at an early age to regulate my periods and was on antibiotics as a small child for sore throats. I had an extremely difficult pregnancy and delivery. Mostly, I have never eaten healthy and my
Karen, Los Angeles
Karen was in really bad shape when she went to Matia. She had pain and urgency. She is not clear on all the dates but she had been diagnosed with IC. She had DMSO treatments for about a year, which made it worse. She also worked with Dr. Fugazzotto on the antibiotic regimen. She took them for 3-4 months and they did not help. She noticed no change after that time.
Karen was a big skeptic about Chinese medicine but went to see Matia after a recommendation from her naturopathic pharmacy. She was in severe pain, and Matia immediately started Karen on the herbs, acupuncture and a special diet, in
Julie, Southern California
My battle with IC began on New Year's Eve of 2000. What a great way to start the millennium! For the first time in my life I got a urinary tract infection. After about 2 months and 8 rounds of antibiotics I was not getting better and I was in serious trouble. I learned about IC and wanted to get a diagnosis because I thought it would quiet the uncertainty that was plaguing me, so I had a cystoscopy/hydrodistention done. After the procedure the urologist said he did not think I had IC but that there was some inflammation on the lower part of the bladder. Of his own volition, he had decided to
Julie, Florida
Summer 2002, I suffered what I thought was a UTI while studying abroad in Europe. I knew something was wrong when I had to pee what seemed like every minute of the day. My bladder also felt like a 50 lb. weight and ached all day long. There was even an instance or two when I lost control of my bladder before finding the bathroom. I felt so ashamed.
When I returned to the states, my gynecologist prescribed Cipro and Ampicillin for the "UTI", but neither antibiotic worked. Later, I saw a urologist who offered to fill my bladder with water and give me a prescription for a drug that would
Joy, Oregon
In June 2001 I had my first UTI. I went to the doctor, checked positive for bacteria, and I was given an antibiotic. I believe I got the bacteria from a hot tub the previous week. Within a day the symptoms were gone and all seemed back to normal. The following September I noticed the same symptoms: frequency and my bladder felt "funny". I went to the doctor and she took a urine sample, which showed some bacteria. She gave me the antibiotic Macrobid, which did nothing. The symptoms remained. The doctor gave me another course of antibiotics, a sulfur drug. My symptoms increased over the next
John, Tennessee
John is a trial lawyer in Tennessee. He was a college athlete, and rugby player. He had years of discomfort misdiagnosed as prostatitis, for which he was treated with antibiotics. It would recede for a while and then come back. At one point it came back and did not go away. His symptoms were frequency and a nagging, sharp pain in his lower back and prostate area. He would go to the bathroom and not be able to urinate. He was miserable. A doctor did look around but only found inflammation which he did not think was IC, and again antibiotics were prescribed. The doctor did not suspect IC
Joe, Illinois
(Name changed for privacy) 
Before I met Matia, I was very ill for over a year. I had Atrial Tachycardia (irregular heart beat), palpitations, acid reflux problem, muscles/joint ache problems, constant headaches, fever/chills, bladder irritation, etc. My life was a nightmare. I remembered that life was not worth living, and that I prayed for my health to be better everyday. I've seen so many Western doctors, tried so many different medications, done many medical procedures, but nothing really helps me. I was constantly ill. My first experience with IC was in November of 2002. I remember
Jeanne, Pennsylvania
My story is no different from anyone else who has IC except for maybe the minor details. When asked to write my story, I said that I had no story to write as yet. I have only been in treatment for 2 months, so I decided to write a message of hope and encouragement instead. 
Mine has been a battle of necessity. Quite frankly, we either live with this disease or - well, I don't like the alternative. I have been through quite a lot over the past 30 plus years of living with this ailment. Sometimes I thought I couldn't hang on. I'm not sure what kept me going - maybe the fact that I had two