I was diagnosed 3 years ago thou i have had the symptoms for years. Dr.s have looked at me funny and gave me the ...Oh you will be ok look till i was sick of it. I even went to a shrink because they had me thinking it was in my head . I have had the cystoscopy 6 times. I have recently undergone the chlorpactin treatment. That is painful to the extent of crying daily. I am now at the point of there is no other optoins than surgery. I have tried every medication there is for Ic . You name it I have taken it . I have tried all the diets . I drink sprite and water only and most of the time my sprite is watered down .only when I am in a place that i cant water it down do i drink it straight> My advice to anyone with IC is ....search out anything your dr wants to try on you . I didnt and the Chlopactin has made madders worse.