Pain that is chronic in nature can have a negative impact on your relationships with friends, family, and significant others. It can be depressing when this pain impacts your ability to do chores, work, or do activities that you once enjoyed.
The pain experienced by people with IC encompasses all of these thoughts, and more. It seems even more cruel that in addition to bladder pain and discomfort, rectal, pelvic, or testicular pain, that a large number of people with IC experience pain caused by severe sensitivities to food. It can be a very lonely and isolating experience to live with IC pain, and everything that IC entails.
Support for chronic pain can be found through meditation, biofeedback, counseling, anti-depressants, acupuncture, TENS units, massage, and other relaxation techniques. Chronic pain is not an easy thing to live with, but there are a lot of treatments available to try