About a week and a half ago my GYN diagnosed me with Interstitial Cystitis. Ugh… what is that, you may ask? Well it’s not too common. It’s a condition of the bladder that makes you feel like you have a UTI but you really don’t. People with IC usually have a lot of redness and swelling inside their bladders. Sometimes ulcers too. And many can have pain and pressure and just feel rotten. It’s like a bladder infection, but you don’t really have one. More women have this then men, but men can have it too.
It’s mostly controlled with diet, though there are some drugs, I guess, that can help. Tomorrow (Friday) I have a test where the GYN will go and look in my bladder. It may or may not show anything. We’ll see. I don’t want the procedure but maybe it’ll help diagnose me.
Where this isn’t really dog related, I think it’s going to affect my dog sports. I don’t plan on doing any less dog sports, but I think I’m going to have to make some changes to my trial and tournament days. I’m really going to have to watch what I eat (I have a list of foods to eat, and what not to eat), and I’m going to have to drink lots of good quality water. I’m also going to have to give myself needed down time. Stress is a big contributor to the pain of IC. So I’m going to have to say no to going out to dinner, or lots of parties, and no drinking alcohol. And I think when I travel, I may have to just travel by myself so that I can have complete downtime in hotel room. The way I unwind is to be alone. Or maybe with my husband. It’s going to be tough until I really get this under control. I’ve felt pretty rotten since I’ve gotten back from California for the Danish-Swedish Farmdog Specialty. I was okay for a few days here and there, but I’m back to feeling rotten again. Managing my world and my stress is going to be a big part of taking care of myself.
Good thing I have the dogs to cheer me up. 🙂