Starting at the age of 21, Beth started to have bouts of stabbing bladder pain. They would persist for a couple months and then go into remission for two to four months at a time. During this time she was able to start her own business, settle down and have children, but her searing bladder pain was only getting worse. Beth, being a determined and hard worker, was constantly involved in all the aspects of her business including much of the hands-on work. This was extra taxing on her condition however, and for the last 8 years she was forced to concede many aspects of her life such as her child’s school events, travel and errands.
All the while, Beth was searching for some kind of an answer… and years of testing and pain medications were taken until an uncertain diagnosis of interstitial cystitis was given by her doctors. Unfortunately, this diagnosis rarely leads to more than a prescription of pain medicines. Pain medicines that were not enough to stop a weekly ritual of poor sleep due to searing bladder spasms.