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    ICN Member Bessie's Avatar
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    Question Discomfort/Pain With Wearing Jeans

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    Does anyone have discomfort or pain when they wear jeans? I can not wear pants unless they are loose and without zippers. Just wondering if anyone else has the same dilema?
    Miss Bessie

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    ICN Member SrMaggie's Avatar
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    Definitely. I'm finding I can hardly wear anything that even has a little elastic in it around the waist. Sweats are about the only pants that feel comfortable.

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    Octoberfarm, your quote is one of my favorites also.

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    Support Leader kadi's Avatar
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    When my IC was at its worst, I could only manage loose dresses for outside & sweats for around the house.

    Later, I did find some jeans that worked well, had no waistband & were very soft, I think they were made by Liz Claiborne & were for "women" sizes (14-24) & I bought them 1 size too big for comfort.
    I also found some pants by Briggs, with a side zipper & a flat soft waistband, again bought them big. I got them at Mervyn's, I think.

    Now that my IC is better managed, I wear some jeans I bought at Target, very soft & I still wear them a bit baggy. And I still prefer pants with a side zipper (less poking out in the front, makes me look skinnier!).

    I hope you find something that works, it's a bummer not to be able to wear jeans!

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    When I was really bad last summer, I cut big slits in my sweats and undies, too where the elastic was binding too tight and I still wear them when I'm having a bad day or night.

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    ICN Member April R's Avatar
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    You are not alone on this one. I almost never wear jeans, and when I do, I usually regret it. I love skirts, and people think I'm nuts (but they don't undertand of course). I think the best pants ever invented are gouchos. You gotta get you some in every color. They can look nice or casual, they are loose, and they are oh so comfortable.

    BTW: I also have a lot of discomfort with swimsuits in the summer time.

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    I can't wear jeans either (unless I keep them unbuttoned) . But today I found a pair of jeans called "Tummy Tuck Jeans". They are very comfortable and stretchy. I bought them at Nordstrom Rack. You can find them at Macy's too.

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    I wear jeans most of the time --- I can't wear tight ones, but I do like Lee and Docker pants.

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    Smile jeans

    i have trouble with jeans when I am in a flare especially. I have purchased pants to wear. you know not dress pants but cotton or linnen pants. they can be casual or formal. Usually JCPennys carries them . You may even find them at walmart or Tatget. In the summer you can get them with flowers on them you know the kind that look summery. And the best part is these aren't your Grandmas stretch pants. I also have "fat Jeans " for when I have a flare that way I am not so uncomfortable.

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    I don't wear pants at all anymore - just skirts. When things aren't bad, I wear sweats at home, but the pressing on the urethra is painful. Jeans? what are jeans? LOL

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    Same here. I sometimes think I'll be okay and I'll try jeans...then about 2 hours later, I end up taking them off. I really need to go shopping and find some IC friendly pants.
    Diagnosis: IC, IBS, GERD, Posturial orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, chronic folliculitis, right sided aortic arch, atrial septal anuerysm, ankylosing spondylitis, TMJ

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    ICN Member MerryBerryMoose's Avatar
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    I have the same problem. I can't wear anything tight or with a thick/tight waistnband. I have been confined to 3 pairs of shorts (in the dead of winter no less) and only recently have been able to wear denim skirts and some VERY loose long pants.

    Medical "Issues":
    Tachycardia(resting rate is 125-130 )
    Tramadol-as needed (IC)-50mg
    Elmiron 200mg twice a day
    Levsin .125mg 1-2 pills 4 times a day

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    I weat jeans but they have to be baggy. I prefer pants that are with eleastic. If I cold I would wear only swet pants but that doesn't always work. Dresses our comfortable unless you have to wear nylons than there no fun at all.

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    Oh yes, I hate to have anything "pushing" on my bladder, because I can automatically feel any amount of urine in there, even if it is a drop.

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    ICN Member Berkshire Road's Avatar
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    I got stretch jeans from Coldwater Creek, bought two sizes larger than my norm. But they stay up fine and they barely touch me in the front. So that's something I can wear out, and I got a pair in black to be a little dressier. But at home, it's flannel PJ bottoms and big loose t-shirts all the way.

    I had to get new clothes anyway -- gained so much weight what with the meds, the inactivity, the depression, etc. -- so I bought them all specifically with IC needs in mind (Easy to unzip? Check.). Not that I needed all that much, since I hardly go anywhere except the doctor's office. How sad is that?
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