Hi my name is Marie and I have been living with IC and lower pelvic dysfunction since 1996. It has made me feel like my husband and I are just best friends and that makes me very sad. A lot of days I don't feel like getting out of bed, going any where or doing anything. I just want to sleep at least then for a little while I don't feel the pain. Lately my pain has been on ongoing every day thing, I have to function have to go to work but that is all I can handle. I'm so tired of it. I want to live a normal life but that isn't going to happen. I have become depressed in the last cpl. years. I feel like my family and friends can't understand what I am going through. I hide my pain with a smile and I'm fine but as I walk away I say to myself that I am not fine. I have no one I can talk to. I don't want to be on pain meds. but it has reached the point that I am having to. Well that is where I am at now in my life.