Proposal Essay English 102 Final

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Is the pain, “All in my Head”, or is it something else?

A Research Proposal

Heather Brown

English 102 Class 34055

Lesson 8: A Research Proposal

Instructor: Susan Rockwell

31, December, 2011

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Heather Brown

English 102 Class 34055

Lesson 8: A Research Proposal

Instructor: Susan Rockwell

31, December, 2011

Interstitial Cystitis(IC)/Painful Bladder Syndrome (PBS)

Is the pain, “All in my Head”, or is it something else?

It is estimated that over 3.3 million U.S. women, or 2.7 percent, who are 18 years of age or older have pelvic pain and other symptoms, such as urinary urgency or frequency, that are associated with IC/PBS.
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Other sources, like (Reviews in Urology) suggest that urinary markers of IC may help Brown 5

with diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up of IC patients. With this in mind, I feel my research can help in getting the word out there about IC/PBS, and Chronic Pelvic Pain (CPP). One of the more interesting sources came from: The better Bladder Book “What’s Bugging your Bladder” by Wendy Cohan. The chapter pg 96, discusses the role of food sensitivity in IC. It argues that food sensitivities play a huge role in causing or worsening bladder symptoms and can also contribute to harmful inflammation throughout the body. A lot of this relates to the types of foods we eat and how our bodies process those foods. In my own experience in trying to find the right treatment options, diet was one of the first that I had to change. Things that are high in acid like tomatoes could cause a painful flare up that could last from hours to days, or even months, so eliminating this from my diet was one way to eliminate another painful flare. This book was written with a copyright date of 2011, and since then, no changes have been made to IC Diet that I could find in any of my sources. As part of the “other side of the debate”, I did look for different opinions on “opposing viewpoints” but could not find any articles that disputed any of the claims that I have researched thus far. I did find that the AUA has

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