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    Hi all, I'm new to the board. I am about to embark on a new career as a firefighter, and will be out on long emergency calls and fires. When someone else's life is at stake, there's no room for the rescuers to be running off to a bathroom, that is if they can find one.

    I've had frequency problems since I was born, and this new career and it's requirements prompted me to see a urologist and get my problem fixed. I was diagnosed with IC yesterday and have begun a treatment of Elmiron and started using Prelief, which seems to be working some.

    I know it's a longshot, but are there any firefighters on the board with IC or bladder related issues? How about another occupation which requires lengthy times without a bathroom. How do you cope?

    Any help would be appreciated. I really don't want my bladder to keep me from persuing my dream of being a firefighter.

    Thanks,
    Tim

  • #2
    hi tim welcome to our family, you will find a wealth of info withing this site. I cannot answer your question, but, i hope you find your answer
    brat
    'The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.'

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    • #3
      I'm not in an occupation like that, but... The pro female golfer who has IC might have some insight. I don't know how available she is or if she has written articles that might address that, but she would be out quite awhile on the course. Terry Jo Mayer? Is that her name?
      Kim

      Diagnosed August 2001

      Current IC meds: Elmiron (since 2001), Levaquin (one pill after intercourse to prevent UTIs), Effexor (for depression & anxiety)


      Past IC meds: Amitriptyline (Elavil), Hydroxyzine (Vistaril), Detrol LA, Lexapro (for depression & anxiety, but also helped my IC) (They all helped, but I was able to discontinue them.)

      I've been virtually symptom free and able to eat & drink whatever I'd like for about 8 years now.

      *****************************

      “We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms -- to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.” ~ Viktor Frankl

      “You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.” ~ Brian Tracy

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      • #4
        Hi Tim and welcome to the boards. I am a cashier but I am accessible to the bathrooms when I have to go, if I can't get off the register, I put my light on and one my supervisors will cover for me while I am in the ladies room. I don't know about firefighters though. Let us know how you are doing.
        Hang in there , There is hope.
        There is hope. Prayer works.

        Love, Debbie

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        • #5
          Hi Tim,

          I understand how you feel. I always wanted to be a flight attendent. I had a daughter very young but thought that I could still pursue my dream of traveling after she was grown. She graduates from High School next year. My frequency is such that I will never be able to pursue any type of career that keeps me from a restroom for longer than an hour. However, there are several medications available for frequency: Detrol, Ditropan and a new patch that is supposed to have less side effects. Please don't give up on your dream. Talk to your Doctor about possible medications and do your own research.


          I wish you the very best. Keep us posted.

          Lisa
          "The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved." Victor Hugo

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          • #6
            Thanks for the warm welcomes. All you ladies seem so nice!

            I talked to my dad today (who is a firefighter but doesn't have any bladder problems). I asked him the question about having to go when you're on a call. He told me that on more than one occasion, he's had to pee right in his turnouts and let it flow into his boots. I guess when you've got a firehose in your hands it's not too difficult to clean up the problem.

            Just thought you might find that funny.

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            • #7
              scream scream grouphug grouphug You are welcome and when you gotta go, you gotta go . LOL.

              One day we were at my neices birthday party, my nephew richie who is 4 had to go the bathroom, he got out of the pool and went near a tree. LOL. I said he went near the tree? they all looked atme and said yes. I guess when y ou are younger you can do that. I thought you might like this one too. Keep usposted tim on how you are doing.
              Hang in there , There is hope.
              There is hope. Prayer works.

              Love, Debbie

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              • #8
                Tim,
                Wanted to add my welcome. You should read the guest transcripts on this site about Elmiron. Some urologists also use Hydroxyzine with it. It is a common combination. Anyway I hope you can find something that will work for you and if all else fails I guess your dad had an answer that might work in a pinch.

                Jolene
                Jolene

                "Life is what happens when you are making other plans" John Lennon

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                Information for Patients can be found here.
                http://www.ic-network.com/patientlinks.html


                Jen's tips for great IC sex..http://www.ic-network.com/forum/showthread.php?t=22522&highlight=jens+tips[/url]




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                • #9
                  Tim, I think the firehose solution is a great idea! Wish the rest of us could get away with that at times! Welcome to our boards! Jo

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                  • #10
                    HI Tim I just wanted to welcome u and wish u the best! Im sure u will find a way to cope with the IC and be very sucessful at what u do!U are in my thoughts and preyers! Love Sandra! grouphug kissing

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                    • #11
                      My husband was fire chief of a volunteer fire department for many years and I can certainly smile at your father's comment --- I've heard things like that before.

                      Most people with IC do find treatment options that work very well --- it just may take a little time. In the meantime, while you wait for the meds to work --- take care that your boots don't overflow. Thanks for the smile

                      Sending warm healing thoughts,
                      Donna
                      Stay safe

                      Have you checked the ICN Shop?
                      Click on ICN Shop at the top of this page. You'll find Bladder Builder and Bladder Rest, both of which we are finding have excellent results.

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                      AUA Guidelines: https://www.ic-network.com/aua-guide...tial-cystitis/

                      I am not a medical authority nor do I offer medical advice. In all cases, I strongly encourage you to discuss your medical treatment with your personal medical care provider. Only they can, and should, give medical recommendations to you.
                      [3MG]

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                      • #12
                        hi tim,
                        and welcome to the ic family I liked that comment i thought it was very funny scream you can make it work. don't give up on your dream. You have to control the IC not let it control you I know that is easyers said then done. cussing but i belive if we want something bad enough we can make our dreams come true. wink grouphug
                        Medicine taken daily or as needed:
                        1. Heaprin and Marcaine rescue installment 1 to 3x daily as needed.
                        2. MS.Cotin 100mg 3x daily
                        3. MSIR 30mg 1 or 2 every 4-6hrs as needed for breakthrew pain.
                        4. Fentanyl 100 mg Change every 48hrs.
                        5. Gentamicin 80mg install after each rescue treatment
                        5 Leviquin 500mg self start as needed.
                        6. Klonopin 1 or 2 daily as needed.
                        7. Prosed/DS as 1 every 6hrs as needed.





                        I have IC, but IC doesn't have me anymore!

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                        • #13
                          Hi Tim,
                          Maybe you should talk to your doctor about Detrol or Ditropan. Both work for frequency. It might make your job a little easier.

                          Ginny

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                          • #14
                            Do Detrol or Ditropan work on IC? I thought they were for overactive bladder only.

                            Can anyone clarify? Thanks!

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                            • #15
                              The overactive bladder medications sometimes help people with IC. They do help relax the bladder muscles, which can be helpful for IC as well as overactive bladder.

                              It's not unusual for someone with IC to be taking one of the antispasmodics.

                              Donna
                              Stay safe

                              Have you checked the ICN Shop?
                              Click on ICN Shop at the top of this page. You'll find Bladder Builder and Bladder Rest, both of which we are finding have excellent results.

                              Patient Help: http://www.ic-network.com/patientlinks.html

                              Sub-types https://www.ic-network.com/five-pote...markably-well/

                              Diet list: https://www.ic-network.com/interstitial-cystitis-diet/

                              AUA Guidelines: https://www.ic-network.com/aua-guide...tial-cystitis/

                              I am not a medical authority nor do I offer medical advice. In all cases, I strongly encourage you to discuss your medical treatment with your personal medical care provider. Only they can, and should, give medical recommendations to you.
                              [3MG]

                              Anyone who says something is foolproof hasn't met a determined fool

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