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My Interstitial Cystitis Story

My IC Story is much less interesting and much less complicated than my other medical stories.

After a few nasty Urinary Tract Infections (one involving blood) all occurred in one year, it dawned on everyone that maybe I had not had any UTIs.

After a series of doctor appointments, we are still technically unsure of what I have been experiencing, although it is assumed that my symptoms are caused by Interstitial Cystitis.

Just like a UTI, IC has symptoms that include a persistent, urgent need to urinate, frequent urination, often of small amounts, throughout the day and night, and pain or discomfort while the bladder fills and relief after urinating. Unfortunately, unlike a UTI, there isn’t a cure for IC, just treatment with pain killers.

Alone, Interstitial Cystitis is painful and annoying; combined with other illnesses, though, it can result in bed-bound days.

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