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    I have had IC for about 4 months and have dealt with social anxiety my whole life which leads toone feeling: embarrassment. In earlier college classes we were free to use the restroom whenever we needed which was especially good for me before I was diagnosed. In the class inm currently taking, the professor doesn't allow this but he was giving us halfway breaks. I came to rely on those breaks, so today when he didn't give us one I was distressed. Its looking like Inm going to have to own up to this condition with the professor and disability services. I know this will be better for me in the long run but its still an awkward conversation to have. I tried asking my parents for advice but they don't really understand it.

  • #2
    just an addendum

    Just wanted to say that I am so glad to have found this site. Where people who actually know what you're going through are supporting each other.


    • #3
      There should be an office at your school where they deal with people with physical conditions. That way you only have to deal with that office and they will deal with your instructors so your condition will be accommodated. I really encourage you to to this; it will make your life much easier.

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      • #4
        Been there myself, having to mention I have the difficulty. The first time is difficult, but it gets easier. In life, and in my job, it has been very necessary to do. I would go to the disability office first, per Donna. Should not be a problem, you have rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
        Currently dealing with IC (diagnosed May 2001), Fibromyalgia (January 2000) and ADHD (1998 sometime) and vulvodynia (Jan. 08)

        I work in the schools helping students with disabilities. I am a speech language pathologist working as an Assistive Technology Specialist. A very do-able job with IC.


        Meds that I take:
        Elmiron 2 x day ; Effexor XR 37.5 ; Ritalin;
        Nasonex; Atarax 10 mg (night); Lidocaine 5%; monthly B-12 shots; Pyridium as needed

        Meds I am trying

        Supplements that help:

        Condroitin Sulfate; Calcium Citrate; Magnesium Glycinate; Olive Leaf Extract; daily probiotic

        Other treatments that help:
        Physical Therapy for PFD; Massage for Fibro; Chiropractic for Fibro; IF Unit (like a tens unit) for pain