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    I have recently been diagnosed with IC. I am a college student and the food here is not exactly nutritious. We do not have a place that we can buy food that we can prepare ourselves, and most of the prepared food has soy in it (I cannot have any soy because I am also on thyroid medication).

    Does anyone have any suggestions about how to follow the diet while staying at school?

    I have my own frig and I try to buy food on the weekends and make it through the week but that is proving to be more difficult than I thought because the kitchens in the dorms have weird hours.

    How does everyone else stick to their IC diets while at school?
    NJIT for Biomedical Engineering, with a minor in Biology, wanting to go to medical in the south somewhere

    Past History:
    Hashimoto's thyroiditis (autoimmune) (2007-2010)
    Full thyroidectomy -April 2010
    Kidney imfection - feb 2011
    Just diagnosed with IC

    Ortho cyclen (my hormones hate me )
    Armour Thyroid - 90 micrograms
    trimethoprim- 100 mg
    vitamin d- 3000 units daily

    What seems to work:
    I get temporary relief from a heating pad and if i'm lucky advil

    I'm about to start biofedback
    Doc wants to wait a month and then start Elmiron

    I have an amazing boyfriend who is the only thing that gets me through those really tough days

    Pain level definitely interferes with daily life.

    Overall I am happy to have a diagnosis and thrilled to find this support network but I am still having a very difficult time adjusting...

    and I had to put this in just because its is hilarious

  • #2
    It does suck to eat at school, I agree. Especially since the cafeteria can never be exact about what goes into something (as evidenced by the cafeteria nearly killing one of my friends who is deathly allergic to onions by forgetting to list onion powder in one of their rolls). After several bad flares, I started to learn

    Try to get things that have been the least processed, and are as close to their natural state as possible. I used to eat hardboiled eggs every day for lunch when I was there all day, because it was one of the only things that didn't have unknowns in it.

    Also, try buying a big bag of rice. It's cheap and easy to cook, and one of the gentlest things you can eat (I've subsisted on the stuff a few times during bad flares).
    Clark College Junior, wanting to go to UW for Fine Art Degree
    Major: Fine Art
    Taking a course in medical transcription, must work from home
    IC diagnosed 07/07
    PFD developed sometime during late 07
    Uterine Cyst removed 12/09
    Chronic Pelvic pain developed in 09
    Chronic Back Pain developed in 09
    Possible vulvodynia

    Medications: Elmiron, Detrol LA, BC, Prosed DS, Celexa for anxiety, depression, and pain,
    No longer taking: Atarax (No help),Amytriptalene (no effect, became suicidal), Ditropan (no effect), Probiotics (sick to stomach), Bactrim (hopefully cleared up my UTI!), avoiding Pyridium unless absolutely needed (sick to stomach), Prozac (helped anxiety, no pain relief), Pamelor (gained nearly 20 lbs in a short time, no anxiety relief), Valium, Vicodin, percocet (none of these meds even touch my pain >_<)

    Current Therapies: acupuncture, heat, Vicodin if needed, lots of laying down, gaming as a distraction, Pain Management classes started 9/22, Wanting to try TENS therapy


    • #3
      Most schools have an office to assist people with disabilities. I suggest you talk with them to see if arrangements can be made to help you stay within your diet.

      Sending warm hugs,
      Stay safe

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