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    I am having a lot of anxiety and dealing with depression. I need a hobby to help me. Everyone suggest I take up knitting, but I am not a knitting type of girl. Any suggestings?
    IC-diagnosed August 1998 with cystoscopy and hydro
    IBS-diagnosed in 1998 probably had for majority of my life
    Fibro-Diagnosed in 2010
    Other conditions: Depression, High Cholesterol (irony)

    Primary symptoms: PAIN, bloating, frequency, urgency, fatigue

    Current Meds: Elavil 10mg at bedtime, Toviaz 4mg at bedtime, Lyrica 3x a day

    Failed meds: Vesicare, Detrol LA, Celexa, Vioxx, Celebrex, Ditropan XL, Elmiron
    "In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity."

  • #2
    I'd rather crochet than knit --- and I've made lots of scarves and hats --- it's lots faster than knitting for me. You might also look at something like photography and scrap booking to go with it. I also like to sew and have made lots of clothes and actually totally made and finished one queen size quilt.

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    • #3
      When I was struggling with the same thing, IC, anxiety & depression, I went down to a used bookstore and browsed the craft section til I found some books that appealed to me. I made seed bead embroidered Christmas ornaments (like counted cross stitch, but with seed beads stitched onto perforated paper) - I figured it was good because though I was spending money on supplies, they became Christmas gifts, so I didn't have to buy so many presents that year.

      I also took up nature printing, which is fun to do in summer, pressing leaves and flowers and then using them to stamp stationery cards and paper. I wasn't good enough at it to make gifts, but did enjoy it and want to try it again.

      I like making bead earrings too - I make a lot of my Christmas gifts in the summer, when I'm on vacation as a teacher I have a lot of books of designs and there are magazines for ideas too. Lots of free instructions and designs online, probably youtube also

      I hope you find something you enjoy - it's better than letting the IC make us completely frustrated all the time. At least with crafts, I have an immediate result from my efforts and I can make gifts, which helps me feel a little less self-centered, which tends to happen when I'm flaring...

      I'm looking forward to what other people write as well
      Kadi

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      • #4
        do something you enjoyed pre-ic (within reason of course). i find so many little things to do everyday now that make me happy and make life seem worth living. i enjoy being outside in nature with this gorgeous spring weather,photography,gardening,reading a good book or watching a movie.
        Newly IC diagnosed as of February 2011.

        Medications I'm on that seem to work:
        Zoloft- one once a day
        Butrans pain patch 5 mcg (THANK GOD FOR WHOEVER INVENTED THIS!SO MUCH PAIN RELIEF ITS UNREAL,I AM IN NO PAIN AT ALL UNLESS I STRESS OR SCREW UP ON THE DIET)

        Failed Meds:
        Elmiron-after 4 months,digestive side effects got to be too much
        tramadol-allergic
        DMSO treatments(5-6)
        probiotics

        THERAPIES:gardening,cooking,IC Diet,Counseling,Lots of warm baths,stress reduction,heating pad or ice packs,meditation/deep breathing,listening to relaxing music,having fun on pain free days,drinking chamomile or peppermint tea,pelvic floor physical therapy
        AROMATHERAPY-candles,incense
        Village Naturals Aches and Pains Peppermint Bath Salts
        Johnson and Johnsons Lavender Melt Away Stress Body Wash/Lotion

        ACUPUNCTURE/HERBS
        Significant pain relief so far.

        MAY TRY:yoga,swimming/hydrotherapy and anti-candida diet if i can kick my sugar addiction
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        ***TO MY IC SISTERS AND BROTHERS:WE ARE OUR OWN ADVOCATES!,PLEASE DO AS MUCH RESEARCH ON YOUR OWN AS POSSIBLE AND TRY DIFFERENT TREATMENTS TO GET WELL.NOT ONE TREATMENT WORKS FOR EVERYONE.MOST IMPORTANTLY,TRY TO KEEP A POSITIVE ATTITUDE,DISTANCE YOURSELF FROM NEGATIVITY/NEGATIVE PEOPLE AND NEVER,EVER GIVE UP!***

        Add me on facebook Angela Hasic

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        Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
        where there is hatred, let me sow love;
        when there is injury, pardon;
        where there is doubt, faith;
        where there is despair, hope;
        where there is darkness, light;
        and where there is sadness, joy.
        Grant that I may not so much seek
        to be consoled as to console;
        to be understood, as to understand,
        to be loved as to love;
        for it is in giving that we receive,
        it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
        and it is in dying [to ourselves] that we are born to eternal life.

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        • #5
          My husband & I enjoy making soap. Right now we are doing cold process soap but are hoping to start melt & pour soap. Soap making is a lot of fun. The link I included is what makes me so eager to try melt & pour.

          I also knit & crochet.

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          • #6
            My mother-in-law enjoys painting and learning new languages which she enjoys doing. If you are an outdoors type of person what about gardening? My father-in-law loves gardening since there is not much he can do these due to his heart problems.

            Just thought I would mention these ideas. You might also want to consider sewing or quilting. There is also candle making which I want to get into as well.

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            • #7
              candle and soap making sound fun
              Newly IC diagnosed as of February 2011.

              Medications I'm on that seem to work:
              Zoloft- one once a day
              Butrans pain patch 5 mcg (THANK GOD FOR WHOEVER INVENTED THIS!SO MUCH PAIN RELIEF ITS UNREAL,I AM IN NO PAIN AT ALL UNLESS I STRESS OR SCREW UP ON THE DIET)

              Failed Meds:
              Elmiron-after 4 months,digestive side effects got to be too much
              tramadol-allergic
              DMSO treatments(5-6)
              probiotics

              THERAPIES:gardening,cooking,IC Diet,Counseling,Lots of warm baths,stress reduction,heating pad or ice packs,meditation/deep breathing,listening to relaxing music,having fun on pain free days,drinking chamomile or peppermint tea,pelvic floor physical therapy
              AROMATHERAPY-candles,incense
              Village Naturals Aches and Pains Peppermint Bath Salts
              Johnson and Johnsons Lavender Melt Away Stress Body Wash/Lotion

              ACUPUNCTURE/HERBS
              Significant pain relief so far.

              MAY TRY:yoga,swimming/hydrotherapy and anti-candida diet if i can kick my sugar addiction
              ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
              ***TO MY IC SISTERS AND BROTHERS:WE ARE OUR OWN ADVOCATES!,PLEASE DO AS MUCH RESEARCH ON YOUR OWN AS POSSIBLE AND TRY DIFFERENT TREATMENTS TO GET WELL.NOT ONE TREATMENT WORKS FOR EVERYONE.MOST IMPORTANTLY,TRY TO KEEP A POSITIVE ATTITUDE,DISTANCE YOURSELF FROM NEGATIVITY/NEGATIVE PEOPLE AND NEVER,EVER GIVE UP!***

              Add me on facebook Angela Hasic

              ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
              Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
              where there is hatred, let me sow love;
              when there is injury, pardon;
              where there is doubt, faith;
              where there is despair, hope;
              where there is darkness, light;
              and where there is sadness, joy.
              Grant that I may not so much seek
              to be consoled as to console;
              to be understood, as to understand,
              to be loved as to love;
              for it is in giving that we receive,
              it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
              and it is in dying [to ourselves] that we are born to eternal life.

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              • #8
                Thank you for all of the suggestions.
                IC-diagnosed August 1998 with cystoscopy and hydro
                IBS-diagnosed in 1998 probably had for majority of my life
                Fibro-Diagnosed in 2010
                Other conditions: Depression, High Cholesterol (irony)

                Primary symptoms: PAIN, bloating, frequency, urgency, fatigue

                Current Meds: Elavil 10mg at bedtime, Toviaz 4mg at bedtime, Lyrica 3x a day

                Failed meds: Vesicare, Detrol LA, Celexa, Vioxx, Celebrex, Ditropan XL, Elmiron
                "In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity."

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by flowerangela View Post
                  candle and soap making sound fun
                  Soap making is fun and addictive. I can't wait to start candle making.

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                  • #10
                    Candle making is fun. We do that somtimes and its really cool you can make many different kinds with mulitple colors and smells.
                    Melissa Barham

                    currently taking Elmiron 100mg 3x daily
                    currently taking Klonipin 1mg as needed for nerves and stress
                    currently taking Ditropan XL 10mg (Oxbutynin ER) once a day for ugency and frequency.

                    trying Aloe Vera Juice just a little mixed with water


                    I am on my 3rd uro. The 1st I went to cause of an UTI it was clear in the culture by the next month, but I was still having issues so he continued me on macordantin (sp.) and urised for about a year and I just seemed to get worse. My 2nd uro said he thought I had an OAB and tried me on meds for that. Everytime I went to him he would dialate my uretha and he also did a hydro (streched my bladder) and supposely removed scar tissue from my bladder and urethea and said my bladder was inflammed. But he said I didn't have enought pain to have IC. I tried many OAB meds and nothing seems to help I was in the bathroom atleast once an hour if not more. I suffered for a while. Now I am on my 3rd uro. The 1st visit we talked and he instantly said I had IC. He checked me and did an ultrasound of my bladder and order a cat scan and put me on Elmiron. I am currently waiting for the results of the cat scan.

                    A little about me that doesn't have to do with this is I am a stay at home mother of two kids and I have a very loving and supportive husband.

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                    • #11
                      i just started the painting by number kits for adults at hobby lobby,loving it.also got a create a mosaic kit as well..craft fun.
                      Newly IC diagnosed as of February 2011.

                      Medications I'm on that seem to work:
                      Zoloft- one once a day
                      Butrans pain patch 5 mcg (THANK GOD FOR WHOEVER INVENTED THIS!SO MUCH PAIN RELIEF ITS UNREAL,I AM IN NO PAIN AT ALL UNLESS I STRESS OR SCREW UP ON THE DIET)

                      Failed Meds:
                      Elmiron-after 4 months,digestive side effects got to be too much
                      tramadol-allergic
                      DMSO treatments(5-6)
                      probiotics

                      THERAPIES:gardening,cooking,IC Diet,Counseling,Lots of warm baths,stress reduction,heating pad or ice packs,meditation/deep breathing,listening to relaxing music,having fun on pain free days,drinking chamomile or peppermint tea,pelvic floor physical therapy
                      AROMATHERAPY-candles,incense
                      Village Naturals Aches and Pains Peppermint Bath Salts
                      Johnson and Johnsons Lavender Melt Away Stress Body Wash/Lotion

                      ACUPUNCTURE/HERBS
                      Significant pain relief so far.

                      MAY TRY:yoga,swimming/hydrotherapy and anti-candida diet if i can kick my sugar addiction
                      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
                      ***TO MY IC SISTERS AND BROTHERS:WE ARE OUR OWN ADVOCATES!,PLEASE DO AS MUCH RESEARCH ON YOUR OWN AS POSSIBLE AND TRY DIFFERENT TREATMENTS TO GET WELL.NOT ONE TREATMENT WORKS FOR EVERYONE.MOST IMPORTANTLY,TRY TO KEEP A POSITIVE ATTITUDE,DISTANCE YOURSELF FROM NEGATIVITY/NEGATIVE PEOPLE AND NEVER,EVER GIVE UP!***

                      Add me on facebook Angela Hasic

                      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
                      Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
                      where there is hatred, let me sow love;
                      when there is injury, pardon;
                      where there is doubt, faith;
                      where there is despair, hope;
                      where there is darkness, light;
                      and where there is sadness, joy.
                      Grant that I may not so much seek
                      to be consoled as to console;
                      to be understood, as to understand,
                      to be loved as to love;
                      for it is in giving that we receive,
                      it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
                      and it is in dying [to ourselves] that we are born to eternal life.

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                      • #12
                        I knit like crazy and love it.
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                        • #13
                          I need a hobby

                          Is there a hobby for klutzes?! I just about manage to tie my shoelaces!

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                          • #14
                            Right now I'm hooking a rug/hanging from a kit.

                            Before this I spent 3 years (on and off) cross stitching a map of Ireland. I had it professionally framed and its beautiful - whenever I go past it I can't believe I did it. I didn't know enough to get a stamped kit so I just drew everything on the linen and sewed over it.

                            I'm thinking about trying a collage next.

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                            • #15
                              hobby

                              Originally posted by izazen View Post
                              Right now I'm hooking a rug/hanging from a kit.

                              Before this I spent 3 years (on and off) cross stitching a map of Ireland. I had it professionally framed and its beautiful - whenever I go past it I can't believe I did it. I didn't know enough to get a stamped kit so I just drew everything on the linen and sewed over it.

                              I'm thinking about trying a collage next.

                              Wow, Zen. That's really impressive.
                              I think I have to stick to hobbies that require less manuel dexterity, like whining at my husband!

                              Really, though, I have done some scrap booking, but I think my best hobby is caring for our dog. He's a 15 year old poodle, who needs daily grooming, etc. Sounds teadious, but I find it very relaxing,(though Zachary does not)!

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