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    Hi, my name is Kristine and I am so pleased to have found you all!!!!!

    I live in Nanaimo, on Vancouver Island. I am 33 (today!!), married to my DH Kyle and we have two dogs, Henry and Waylon, and a really cool cat name Ruby. I am lucky enough to have a really cool job at the university here

    My doctor has strong suspicions that I am dealing with IC and the more I read about it, the more I believe him.

    I am so thrilled to have found this site, particularly for the chance to read about other people's stories and about what foods could be irritating me!!! (apparently I have the diet ALL wrong, here I thought I was eating as healthful as possible and that I was *bound* to start feeling better *any* day!!!)


    Would you like to hear the long-winded version of how I ended up here??? I kind of need to type it out to SOMEONE who will understand!!

    I had chronic UTIs when I was a child, they were really, really bad and all the time. I seemed to have pretty much outgrown them by the time I was 7 or 8 years old.

    Then in on Christmas Day, 2005, both my husband and I came down with a dreadful flu. He got over it in a few days and I just never got better. It was the oddest thing, I just never got better. I was really healthy before then. The aching never went away, I started to develop migraines, my stomach was haywire - it just never ended

    Then I started getting what I thought were UTIs - I had them chronically as a child and I was sure they had come back. It seemed like every few months I was waking up in the middle of the night, it terrible pain - it felt like I was peeing razor blades!!! I would get my DH up and he would drive me to the ER where I would tell them I was sure I had a UTI. I would pee in a cup, they would say there was no bacteria but they would give me antibiotics anyways

    Repeat every 10 weeks or so

    At the time I was still seeing my childhood doctor in Duncan, BC - I wold got to her every 3 months or so, complaining of the flu symtoms (mostly about my stomach and the aching), within 8 months I had lost 25 pounds!!!! Her response would always be, "well, let's just give it a few months and see if you feel better!!"

    After a few years of this, my DH strong-armed me into going and seeing his doctor. He is wonderful!!!! So smart and my favorite thing is that if he doesn't know what is going on, he SAYS SO!!!! And then he finds me a specialist - all doctors should be like this!

    It is an added bonus that he has a slight irish accent and calls me "darlin'"!!

    Within a year of him becoming my doctor he had me sorted for the following:

    *Fibromyalgia.
    *Severe endometriosis, which has since been cleaned out (Best.Day.EVER).
    *IBS.

    And then just the last 8 months or so, we started talking about IC. I kept going to him, insisting I had a UTI and he came up with IC.

    And here I am!! Phew. It felt good to type all that out

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    I forgot, I am already on amnitriptyline(spelling) for my fibro and I have noticed that I am sleeping through the night far better. I don't need to get up in the middle of the night for a warm bath anymore!!


    Oh, and trying to eat healthy for my joints and the rest of my issues? I think it has actually made this IC stuff worse on occasion!! I have been having smoothie in the morning consisting of:

    Strawberries
    Orange juice
    Bananas
    Peach yogart



    After reading the diet list all of the above could pretty much be torture for my bladder - no wonder I have been feeling crappy midmorning!!!

    I will change up the above to blueberries, apple juice and plain yogart

    I will be fine with following the diet, the two things I will struggle with the most are cutting out tea and chocolate. I LOVE my tea during the day and I love dark chocolate

    Does anyone have any specific tips as to what to totally avoid???? For instance, what foods are pretty much triggers for EVERYONE??? (or is there such a thing??)


    Something I need to rant for a minute about - people really don't get IC/Fibro/IBS sometimes. And they sure have a lot of opinions!! I am tired of hearing sentences that start with "you know what you should do????!!!! I need a fiesty comeback!!

    And that there is an evil co-irker at my work who thinks it is amusing that I have to run to the bathroom every 20 minutes some days. Luckily, I have a fantastic boss.
    Last edited by Kristine30; 05-08-2011, 07:08 AM.

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