Interstitial Cystitis (IC) Specialist Ripley TN
Medical School: Chulalongkorn Univ, Fac Of Med, Bangkok, Thailand
Graduation Year: 1970
Pediatric and Adult Urology
Urology, Incontinence, Oncology, Infertility
Insurance Plans Accepted: All insurances accepted
Primary Hospital: Gateway Medical Center
Residency Training: Georgetown University, New York Medical College
Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, DC, 1988
Languages Spoken: English,Spanish
Urology, Occupational Medicine
Portuguese, Hungarian, Russian, Polish
Medical School: Wayne State Univ Sch Of Med, Detroit Mi 48201
Graduation Year: 1968
Hospital: Centennial Med Ctr -Park, Nashville, Tn; Cookeville Reg Med Ctr, Cookeville, Tn; Cumberland River Hosp -North, Celina, Tn
Group Practice: Upper Cumberland Urology Assoc
Graduation Year: 2007
Jackson Urological Associates
Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
Graduation Year: 1977
Oak Ridge, TN
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1965
Bolster Your Bladder
Q Are there alternative therapies for interstitial cystitis?
A Yes—which is a good thing, since many of the conventional therapies for this debilitating bladder condition don’t help those who have it.
No one really knows what causes interstitial cystitis (IC), which triggers painful urination dozens of times a day, as well as lower back spasms, mainly in women. Some researchers think it’s an autoimmune reaction in the bladder, while others suspect an infection is to blame. Chinese medicine views it as a result of a kidney imbalance, and possibly food allergies.
Some women report that acupuncture eases their symptoms. And in a small double-blind study conducted by the Urology Wellness Center in Rockville, Maryland, 88 percent of the women who took anti-inflammatory aloe vera capsules for three months reported relief from at least some of their discomfort. Stress reduction techniques can also be helpful.
Stay tuned for other possibilities: Last year, the National Institutes of Health awarded the University of California, Los Angeles funds to create a research center to study how the brain, stress, and emotions contribute to disorders affecting mainly women, including IC.
For more information on IC, go to www.ichelp.org .
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