Thread: Question about stress..
09-23-2004, 11:40 PM #1
Question about stress..
As you know I've only been truly diagonosed with IC this week when I had my Cysto/Hydro done. I don't have another appointment to discuss treatment options and diet with my Uro until November 2. SO... right now I'm just taking Adesol 30's and trying my hardest to give up acidic foods. I'm happy to say that I haven't had caffenine in 3 weeks. Anyways, I get flares quite frequently and I'm wondering how much stress has to do with it. I get very stressed all of the time and am a person that worries constantly about the silliest things.
Thanks, and I really appreciate everyones kindness.
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09-24-2004, 01:03 AM #2
stress is important........
I'm newly diagnosed also so I don't have a lot of advice but I've been reading these boards for about a month now and all the "seasoned" ladies say that stress is usually a very big trigger for them.
I usually do not get stressed over things but I do have a very demanding job that gets me stressed out so I have signed up for yoga classes, three times a week, plus I'm on Elavil with is an anti-depressant but it was prescribed for pain. I think it is helping me also with the "stress" of this disorder and coming to terms with it.
Please let me know if I can answer any other questions. I hope I've helped a little bit.Faye from Indiana - IC (2004), ITP (1993), Degenerative Disc (18+) UC 2006
Elmiron 400 mg daily
Elavil 10mg at night
Pyridium Plus when needed
Azulfidiine (for the UC)
09-24-2004, 01:50 AM #3
Stress is definitely a huge IC trigger for many of us. It certainly is for me!
I find a good stress management program is key to my own IC treatment. I do do yoga -- in fact, I do it at home with tapes a lot too. (There's a good one sold in the ICN Shop at http://www.ic-network.com/shop called "Hatha Yoga for People With Interstitial Cystitis" and it's nice and easy to follow if you've never done yoga before) You can try various types of meditation, guided imagery, etc ast well ( the ICN shop also sells guided imagery tapes).
However, if you find you're really constantly worrying about silly things to the point that it affects your daily life, you may need professional help and might benefit from seeing a therapist/psychiatrist. I did this and was diagnosed with moderate to severe generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and panic disorder (as well as depression). My shrink/therapist combination use a bimodal treament plan to help me. The therapist does talk therapy and behavior modification with me for an hour every week or two and these can really help. My shrink has put me on two drugs that help my anxiety and panic -- Klonopin (an anti-anxiety med) and Zoloft (an antidepressant that also has anti-anxiety and anti-panic properties). I can tell you I'm beginning to really see a difference!!
Good luck!!! And remember, if you need to, there's no shame in asking for help
*Diagnosed with severe IC in 2004
*Also diagnosed with PFD, fibromyalgia, chronic myofascial pain, IBS, migraines, allergies/asthma, dermatographism
*Kept trying a million different treatments for all these things until I found what works, and I am doing okay these days with the help of a cocktail of medications and the InterStim, which was first placed in 2007. [I have had 2 revisions - one in 2010 when my battery died and had to be replaced, and one complete replacement (lead and generator) in 2012 after a fall on my stairs caused my lead to move.]
*Current meds include Atarax (50mg at night), Lyrica (150mg twice a day), Xanax (0.5mg at night and as needed), Zanaflex (4mg at night), hydrocodone (10/325, every 6 hours as needed), Advair, Nasonex, Singulair (10mg at night), oral contraceptives, home instills containing Elmiron and Marcaine (as often as I need to do them).
**I am not a medical authority nor do I offer definitive medical advice. I strongly encourage you to discuss your medical treatment with your personal medical care provider. Only they can, and should, give medical recommendations to you.
09-24-2004, 03:24 AM #4
Stress is a major trigger for me. It can bring on a flare from out of nowhere. :yikes:Sharon
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09-24-2004, 12:27 PM #5
Stress is a trigger for me too. Especially at work. My job has a lot of responsibilities but I never really thought of it as stressful. I used to be able to handle huge amounts of stress, but now it seems that the smallest amout of stress causes an IC flare up. Sometimes taking Tylenol helps me relax before the pain gets too bad.
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