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Bronti’s Fight Like A Girl Story (Interstital Cystitis)

Bronti's Story (IC)LRHey everyone! My name is Bronti. I’m 19 and here is my story! My bladder problems started when I was a kid. I would only pee once or twice a day. I just never had the urge to go. My mom took me to the urologist and they told me that I had a stretched bladder and that was it.

Years passed and when I got to high school, I was getting frequent bladder infections. Some were showing up as infections through a culture and others weren’t. I was having the pain of what I thought was a bladder infection every month or less. I went to several more urologists that didn’t know what was wrong with me. By then I was experiencing burning, pelvic pain, back pain and frequent urination. I finally found a doctor who thought it was a good idea to look inside my bladder to see if I had interstital cystitis ( painful bladder syndrome ) which is a long term chronic inflammation disease of the bladder that have the symptoms of a bladder infection. After my cystoscopy my doctor diagnosed me with interstital cystitis.

It is now June and it has been 9 months since my diagnosis.  I have moderate to severe IC and I don’t work or go to school due to the fact that I am in pain every day. It is hard to do normal daily activities. Going shopping is harder because of the pelvic pain I experience with just walking . Every time I pee it is extremely uncomfortable due to the burning. I can not have anything acidic , caffeine, artificial flavoring , or  different dyes and a lot of different fruits because it makes my bladder worse . I have experienced bladder spasms, sharp pains in my bladder and urinating every 30 to 40 minutes and the bad pelvic pain.

I am on pain medications everyday twice a day and take Amitripytlne every night for my nerve pain.

Interstital cystitis has completely taken over my teenage life, but I do have the support of my family who has been there through it all.

Submitted 6-22-2012

The informational content of this article is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.

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One comment

  1. Erika Lynn

    Hi Bronti! My names Erika. It’s horrible what you’re going through, I understand completely. I’ve been dealing with infections since I was little, but was diagnosed with Interstitial Cystitis 3 years ago just a few months before I turned 21. I have moderate to severe I.C as well and can’t work because of it. Just reading about you having trouble shopping because of the pain walking gives you brings tears to my eyes because it’s something no one ever understands about me..especially when I have to stop 20 times and sit down for a little bit lol if you ever need someone to talk to who completely understands what you’re going through please don’t hesitate to email me at!

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