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October 13th 2011:Pelvic Pain Interferes with Sleep and Work

Sleep is essential to function. When sleep and work are interrupted by pain the result is a cycle of more pain and less sleep. Research found 100% of the four hundred and seven women with Interstitial Cystitis who participated in the sleep disruption study had poor sleep. Learn about that study and hear how one woman has managed to work the last twenty-two years since her diagnosis.

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Alis Kotler Panzera

Dr. Alis Kotler Panzera is a women’s health nurse practitioner with 10 years of clinical experience in female urology with an expertise in the management of IC and urinary incontinence. Dr. Panzera earned her Master’s in Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania and her Doctorate of Nursing Practice at Drexel University. Her dissertation looked at sleep quality and IC symptoms. She has written and lectured extensively in areas including IC, overactive bladder, and urinary incontinence. She has presented original research projects on interstitial cystitis and urinary incontinence at various national meetings. She has been a co-investigator on several clinical trials on interstitial cystitis a
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Linda Salin

Linda Salin was diagnosed with IC in 1989. She started attending a support group within weeks. When the leader moved, Linda took over the group. While attending an ICA national conference in Orlando, Linda volunteered to transcribe the taped conference sessions. Shortly afterward, Linda became part of the staff of the ICA and has worked out of her home in Florida since then. She has participated in Internet radio and local newspaper interviews, provides information at international medical conferences, and guides IC patients to appropriate healthcare. Linda can be heard on the podcast, Brace Yourself: Curves Ahead, offering tips for IC patients on how to navigate the healthcare system. Linda
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