I’m back again, with one more chronic health post to round out September.
This video is focusing on a bladder condition called Interstitial Cystitis.
Interstitial Cystitis, or “IC”, is a bladder condition that causes varying degrees on bladder and pelvic pain discomfort due to nerve pain. It’s closely related to Painful Bladder Syndrome, which has the same symptoms.
The Color for IC and Painful Bladder Syndrome is Teal so I thought I’d add a little fun to all the health chat by including a vibrant teal makeup tutorial.
The tutorial starts at right around the 14 minute mark if you don’t want to hear all the medical talk, but I strongly encourage you to hear me out as IC isn’t the most well known condition but it effects more people than you think.
IC can be something that causes occasional flares and discomfort, or it can be something with intense symptoms that can take over your life.
Symptoms can include:
-Pain in your pelvis or between the vagina and anus in women or between the scrotum and anus in men (perineum).
-Chronic pelvic pain.
-A persistent, urgent need to urinate.
-Frequent urination, often of small amounts, throughout the day and night. People with severe interstitial cystitis may urinate as often as 60 times a day.
-Pain or discomfort while the bladder fills and relief after urinating.
-Pain during sexual intercourse.
For more info, or if you think you or someone you know might be suffering from IC check out these websites:
Personally, I started showing symptoms around 3rd grade and did not get diagnosed or treated until I was 20. I’m prone to anxiety and depression anyway, but IC played a large part in creating nearly crippling social anxiety during my adolescence. I was subject to intense bullying in grades 3-6 and it took most of jr high and high school to recover from it. Kids would barricade me in the bathroom with the lights shut off, taunt me for using the bathroom so much, and implied that I was actually in there touching myself. (You have no idea how hard that last bit was to write down. I’m willing to talk more about my experiences with bullying if anyone is interested, but I haven’t yet just because it is so hard forcing myself to remember everything that happened.)
But let’s get to the video, shall we?
Thank you so much for watching.
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