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    Well, since there isn't an IC fashion board, I thought this would be a good place to rant about this. lol!
    Now that it is definately winter here in NY I am having MAJOR fashion/comfort issues. I tried to shop for pants the other day and left the store frustrated and depressed. I was fine all summer with pants and shorts b/c there are so many options for pelvic comfort (cotton, linen, gauchos) and practially lived in my peasant skirts. But the temp is in the single digits here and I can no longer wear jeans or most pants b/c they HURT so much. I tried getting them a size bigger to releive pain in the crotch/groin area, but I had to wear a tight belt and that caused more pelvic pain. Anything with a strechy waist that I can find looks like sweatpants and I am feeling so frumpy. I honestly had cuter, more comfortable clothes when I was pregnant than I do now! I am seriously considering buying maternity jeans just to look and feel like I am wearing "real" pants again! Anyone else have this problem? Any suggestions?
    -Rachel
    Rachel
    DX's:
    IC; PFD; possible Fibromyalgia; IBS;

    Symptoms: Frequency, Urgency, pelvic and bladder pain, bladder and pelvic spasms, difficulty starting urination, weak stream, incontinence, vaginal and urethral pain

    I've Tried:
    three Hydrodistentions, various Rescue Installments; 6 DSMO treatments; Pyridium Plus; Proced; Detrol (patch); Elavil; Uricet K; Elmiron; Nortiptyline; Ultram; Allegra; Ditropan; Ditropan ER; Vesicare; regular Lidocain; Neurontin; Lyrica; and few more I can't remember!
    Currently using:
    Valium; Vicadin; Proced DS; Claritin; Buffered Lidocain; Cymbalta; Baclofen; Prazosin @ night (also on Prednisone and Adderall for my joint pain and severe fatigue)
    Heating pads; frozen water bottles; A&D ointment; Poise pads; IC dieter since 8/06; yoga; imagery & relaxation CD, Mindfullness, self healing CD's; hot baths; seat cushion; prayer
    I am 28 yrs old, dx'ed in '06, still trying to get my health undercontrol!!


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    I was going to suggest maternity clothing for you. Those pants with the 'vented' stomach's are great for an IC belly. They make some adorable clothes now and you don't have to walk around looking like you're wearing an old sack! I'm in the same boat. I buy Levi Strauss medium rise stretch jeans. They have like 2% Lycra and really do have some give without looking all nerdy. I rarely wear anything but those jeans when I go out. Fashion + comfort = a happy Sandy!
    *IC-- Summer 2004; PFD--October 2005
    *Fibro--Fall 2000; CFS-- Fall 2000
    *MPS--Fall 2000; Crohn's disease-- 1997*IBS,GERD, *Migraines, hypothyroidism, GYN problems *Degenerative Disc Disease/scoliosis

    Total Abdominal Hysterectomy--adenomyosis--9\08

    04/17/09 Crohn's disease almost killed me with a combo of extreme constipation from pain medications. My bowel ruptured, I almost died from peritonitis and spent several days in the ICU then more in a private room on the floor. If you have any questions about severe constipation from pain meds please don't hesitate to send me a message.

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    • #3
      Thanks Sandy! I found some maternity pants online that fit below the belly and have a "normal" looking waistband with a button/mock zipper front and lots of stretch in the waistband. I am a little embarassed to buy them, but no one will be able to tell. I may try the Levi's you talked about too. I can't wait for spring again though! Skirts are the best!
      Rachel
      DX's:
      IC; PFD; possible Fibromyalgia; IBS;

      Symptoms: Frequency, Urgency, pelvic and bladder pain, bladder and pelvic spasms, difficulty starting urination, weak stream, incontinence, vaginal and urethral pain

      I've Tried:
      three Hydrodistentions, various Rescue Installments; 6 DSMO treatments; Pyridium Plus; Proced; Detrol (patch); Elavil; Uricet K; Elmiron; Nortiptyline; Ultram; Allegra; Ditropan; Ditropan ER; Vesicare; regular Lidocain; Neurontin; Lyrica; and few more I can't remember!
      Currently using:
      Valium; Vicadin; Proced DS; Claritin; Buffered Lidocain; Cymbalta; Baclofen; Prazosin @ night (also on Prednisone and Adderall for my joint pain and severe fatigue)
      Heating pads; frozen water bottles; A&D ointment; Poise pads; IC dieter since 8/06; yoga; imagery & relaxation CD, Mindfullness, self healing CD's; hot baths; seat cushion; prayer
      I am 28 yrs old, dx'ed in '06, still trying to get my health undercontrol!!

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