My IC symptoms first began with the onset of seasonal allergies and a return of severe IBS which had been under control since I reached my teenage years. I also began having acne and skin break outs around my mouth and on my feet. I would later discover that I was displaying a classic case of Candida albicans (yeast) overgrowth. A lot of research demonstrates the connection between high levels of yeast in women with IC.
Although my health was heading into a downward spiral I did not slow down my extremely busy lifestyle and felt as if I was above getting really sick. Invincibility I suppose. It wasn't until I started having pain during sexual intercouse and bladder and vaginal pain that I got serious about taking care of myself. But who wouldn't, right?