Looking for a medical professional to treat Interstitial Cystitis (IC) can be a daunting task. Just because a doctor says that IC is one of the conditions he or she treats does not mean a lot on the surface. You really have to do your research.
Generally speaking, most Urologists include IC in their list of conditions they treat because the urinary system is in their area of expertise. However, I find that to get the needed attention you deserve, you need to find someone who specializes in IC. You will need to have a long-term relationship with that person. You need someone who will listen to you and be willing to try different treatment options that fit your specific challenges. You need someone who is compassionate.
To find that right IC practitioner, you more than likely will have to travel to his or her location because really good IC medical professionals are scarce. So get ready for some road trips or even flights. You might be able to do an initial “in-person” office visit and then Skype consultations later. Also, some of the treatments and medications may be covered by insurance and others may not.
If you have IC or Lyme Disease, you probably heard of Ruth Kriz. She is a nurse practitioner who specializes in treating IC patients. I have included a link to her website below.
Ruth has a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), and she is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN). Her private practice is in Washington DC, USA. Ruth specializes in IC. She has an impressive curriculum vitae which is documented in the link I provided above. Ruth’s site states that she is successfully treating IC patients in countries worldwide including the U.S. and 24 additional countries. She also mentors other medical professionals who want to treat IC and other chronic health conditions.
On her site, she explains what she thinks needs to be addressed for IC to be successfully treated. She goes on to talk about needing to use a broth culture to isolate causative organisms and how biofilms make a long-term treatment protocol necessary. Her approach uses pharmaceuticals, herbals and nutritional supplements. She believes in boosting the body’s immune system as well.
If anyone has been treated by Ruth Kriz, please share your experience and any results from her treatments.