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    I was recently diagnosed with IC in late March, 2011. Since then I have looked like I'm about 4-5 months pregnant. I am always being asked when my baby is due. I am absolutely MISERABLE. The belly is ALWAYS there. It doesn't seem to matter if I'm having a flare or not. None of my clothes fit me anymore, and I have had to resort to wearing maternity clothes. I am only 5 feet tall, so just a little bloating makes me look huge. I am EXTREMELY depressed and have no idea if there is anything I can do about my IC Belly. I am being treated with all of the typical IC medications, plus medicine for depression, and large weekly doses of Vitamin D. Is there anyone out there who can give me some advise? I need to hear more than just, "Are you on the IC Diet?", because it just doesn't seem to be working for me. Any advise would be GREATLY appreciated. Thanks!

    Age: 39
    Medicines: Elmiron, Hydroxyzine, Amytryptiline, Norco 325/5 mg for pain, Prescription Potassium pills, Microgestin FE (birth control), Vitamin D, Uribel, Prelief, Cystoprotek, Risperdal (depression), Adderal (hyperactivity), an occasional Tramadol for pain

  • #2
    Good morning Bcmcd11~
    How about some probiotics? My Mother has to take probiotics to keep her bad bacteria in check. Ask your uro about which one to take, you won't get the right probiotics from yogurt etc. Taking probiotics may help with your IC Belly. Hope this helps, Carolyn


    • #3
      Sometimes when the inflammation eases, the IC belly will shrink some. I have some long shirts that I wear when I'm flaring --- there are lots of them available this spring.

      Warm hugs,
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