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  • #16
    ..just german.... and I'm quite surprised how many of you have some german ancestors (sp?)
    I'm german, diagnosed september 2005 with mild IC. Current meds: Elmiron, Uropol-S, IC diet.

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    • #17
      half German...half Norwegian. I definitely fit the profile!
      mom_in_ma

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      • #18
        This is very interesting! I am welch/english, swedish. All of those qualify, I believe. And, auto-immune diseases run in my mothers side of the family too. Diabeties especially, and they have a history of UTI's and bowel issues as well!

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        • #19
          Mom's side (where the IC is from. Mom & grandmother have it too): English, Irish, French Canadian (I think the French Canadian part's from Mom's dad's side, so not the IC contributor as far as I can see.)

          Dad's side: Hungarian (but again, not the side wtih the IC).


          I'm seeing lots of English & Irish listed here....
          Could explain the bland diets of those countries?!!
          Kadi

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          Current treatments:
          -IC diet
          -Elavil 50mg at night
          -Continuous use birth control pills (4-5 periods/year)
          -Heparin/Marcaine/Sodium Bicarb home instills at night 3-4x per week, more often if needed
          -Pyridium if needed,
          -Pain medicine at bedtime daily, as needed during the day several times per week
          -Antibiotic when doing an instillation to prevent UTI
          -Colace & SmartFiber to treat chronic constipation from meds, Fleet enema as needed
          -Dye Free Benadryl 50 mg at bedtime
          -"Your Pace Yoga: Relieving Pelvic Pain" dvd, walking, treadmill at gym
          -Managing stress= VERY important!
          -Fur therapy: Hugging the cat!

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          • #20
            This is interesting - I'm English & have Celtic ancestors.

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            • #21
              I'm French on both sides of my family as far back as we've been able to go. I'm not sure if France is considered to be "northern" European (I guess it would depend how far north!) Now, I may be totally "out there" with this, and scientific types, please feel free to chime in any time, but I have to wonder if we have autoimmune diseases because our ancestors survived the plagues that ravaged Europe so many times, and they were able to survive because their immune systems were really, really tough. Generations later, perhaps those strong immune systems are going overboard...? (I said it was out there!)

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              • #22
                Swedish/ Irish and English in my family background.
                hugs,
                Janie

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                • #23
                  I have never posted here before, just enjoy reading all the information. I am 90% german! But since I am finally writting something, I just wanted to tell you all how supportive you all seem.

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                  • #24
                    We have a lot of auto-immune on my mother's side of the family, where everyone is French as well. I have never thought of France as being in 'northern' Europe. Unless you are comparing it to Eastern Europe. But, if IC is more common in women of Northern European descent, it doesn't mean it only occurs in these people.

                    Hey, Pingpong, I actually liked your 'plague' theory. Interesting thinking.
                    Je vous souhaite de la joie, de la bonne santée, et tout ce qu'il y a de bon dans la vie.
                    Wishing you happiness and good health, and all the best out of life.

                    Peace, Carolyn
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                    Laura (11), Susannah (12 1/2) and Maman (that's me!), North Wildwood NJ, September 2007


                    On the Beach with IC

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                    • #25
                      German and Swedish here.
                      Bill

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                      • #26
                        I am Ashenazi Jewish, and my family is from Poland and Slovakia.
                        I read in wikipedia that there is a slight disposition towards jews getting IC, which doesn't surprise me because autoimmune diseases tend to run in Jewish families (I personally think that IC is at least partially autoimmune for many).

                        Autoimmune diseases also run in my mom's side of the family. For all I know it might in my dad's side too (they all died in the holocaust except for my grandparents so who knows?).

                        It seems like everyone who answered this thread is at least partically European, but maybe this is just because the title is called "women of northern European heritage". Regardless, from the pictures people post it appears that the majority are mostly caucasian. Does IC have a genetic link? I think so.

                        ~*miz_sunshine87*~
                        19 y/o student, salesperson, fashionista, future high school teacher. <3 to sing and travel. Dream job= cruise ship entertainer
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                        My IC story- diagnosed at age 15 (Feb 2004), after approx. 6 mos of symptoms. Went into near complete remission following hydrodistention and introduction of meds. Feeling so good that I started skipping meds (bad idea). 1 week flare (May 2006). New flare November 2006-present.
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                        My triggers- I'm not sure about food triggers, just started IC diet but so far doesn't seem to be doing much. Stress is a big trigger for me though. Both flares this year came during stressful times. I think that stress reduction will help me immensely (last flare went AWAY during vacation in Mexico when I was drinking margaritas like they were water;P).
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                        Start of IC symptoms- Summer 2003 (after a UTI)
                        Dx- February 2004, after hydrodistension (ouch!)

                        Current treatments- Amytriptyline (25mg), Hydroxizine (25mg), MSM w/Glucosamine (1000mg,3x/day), quercetin (500mg, 2x/day), trying to stick to IC diet, prelief as needed.

                        Previous treatments- Amytriptyline (10mg), Hydroxizine (10mg), Alesse (HBC)

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                        • #27
                          Interesting. My father is Ashkenazi, but there is, as far as I know, NO auto-immune in the family. And I know the family out to third and fourth cousins. They all came to America long before WWII, so we do have information going back several generations, and as I said, out to several degrees of cousin-hood.

                          But my mom's family, who aren't Jewish at all, is teeming with rheumatoid arthritis, Epstein-Barr, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia -- and then of course there's me. I'm sure there are genetic links but I suspect it's a bit more complex than what we know so far.

                          And there are definitely people of both African and Asian descent in this Forum.
                          Je vous souhaite de la joie, de la bonne santée, et tout ce qu'il y a de bon dans la vie.
                          Wishing you happiness and good health, and all the best out of life.

                          Peace, Carolyn
                          ___________________________________________________

                          Laura (11), Susannah (12 1/2) and Maman (that's me!), North Wildwood NJ, September 2007


                          On the Beach with IC

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                          • #28
                            Yup, I'm a northern European mutt as well (Irish, Polish, Dutch, German). It seems a lot of things are related to that N. European line: hematochromatosis, lactose intolerance, skin cancer risk (due to fair skin), etc. Lucky us!

                            That being said, I'm the only one in my family with bladder issues. So, lucky me I guess. Could be worse though. This could be cancer or endometriosis or something... so I guess I have to keep my chin up about that. Bladder instills are way better than chemo or repeated endo surgery. I have to remind myself of that!
                            [SIZE="1"][B]Be well, Alyssa :hi:[/B]

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