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    My current job involves driving in my car about 20 hours (or more) a week in addition to working long and erratic hours. When I write that, it seems clear that I need to switch jobs; however, I just want to get advice from fellow IC people. While I've been making great progress with Elmiron, physical therapy, installations, nortriptaline, and Urelle and even able to wean from them a bit, I seem to be in a holding place now. And until I until I'm in remission, it is out of the question to start a family My husband and I desperately want a family. I am 32 and don't want my work to be the thing that antagonized my symptoms so that I had to endure more pain, treatments, and inability to start a family.

    Does this seem like too much driving? Should I consider switching to a job with less/no driving? To put it in perspective, my boss said "some people drive to work. you drive FOR work." My physical therapist has recommended a new job. I guess I know the would just help to have people confirm.

    Thanks so much!

  • #2
    This is a question only you can answer, I hope and pray for you to go into complete remmission.
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    • #3
      If you really like your job, you might want to look at the cushions available in the ICN Shop. I have one in our car and it does help with the irritation from the vibration of the car. If that doesn't help, you might ask for a few days off so you will be more certain of whether or not the driving is the problem.

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      • #4
        I can't really say what is "too much" driving, but I can say that driving for more than a half hour or so at a time aggravates my symptoms. If you have another job opportunity, I would consider it if I were you.
        34 years old, bladder symptoms all my life
        diagnosed with PFD and VV October 2009; IC May 2010

        Current meds:
        Cystoprotek 2 pills twice a day, Hydroxyzine 10 mg, Gabapentin 600 mg, Myrbetriq 25mg, Zoloft 25 mg, Mircrogestin, capsaicin cream (for vulva)
        Other past treatments:
        IC diet, physical therapy, Traumeel injections as needed, TENS unit, heating pad, instills with sodium bicarb, lidocaine, and mucosa compositum
        Tried and didn't work:
        Pyridium, Singlair, Nortriptyline, Elmiron, lidocaine and heparin instills (worked at first, then didn't anymore), various creams, acupuncture


        • #5
          When my bladder was bothering me or even just slightly irritated, driving was about the worst thing there was for escalating my symptoms. Try using the IC cushion from the ICN shop and see if it makes any difference. My bladder problems were always pressure and vibration sensitive more so than diet though.


          • #6
            Driving does make it worse

            Driving always makes it worse for me personally, I'm suprised you can drive as much as you do. I read online that driving makes it worse because of the car's vibrations. When I go for long car drives, I sit on a pillow and take some pain medicine in advance. I'll also drink plenty of water. After going to a physical therapist, they also recommended proper poster while driving. You can get a pillow and put it behind your back to force you to sit upright. Try some of these preventative measures and see if they help you at all. I hope this helps!