I would like to ask a couple of questions if I may. They have probably been asked before, but I'm gonna ask anyway!
Now I'm not IC myself, but like most here have read about it as it relates to our general interests. I did experience some mild urgency/holding issues after a minor back injury for a month or so a few years back, but thankfully it wasn't permanent. I do understand the difference between Urge and Stress IC issues, and it's the Urge IC that I have questions about.
I don't want it to appear that this is a questionnaire that everyone has to tick off, but if anyone wants to address even one or two points then if be grateful. I realise that there is no "standard" answers, I'm just interested in people's different experiences.
1: Bladder capacity before you go. With Urge IC, does your bladder ever really completely fill up? Can you get really full before you lose control, or does the IC kick in when you're not at full capacity?
2: How much notice do you get before you realise that disaster is imminent? I understand this will be different for everybody, but is it like "I think I'll need to use the bathroom shortly," or "Oh my God, I need to go NOW!" Like from when you get the first minor urge to the "too late" stage.
3: Using your diaper. Are you prone to trying to hold on until you get to a toilet, knowing you are to a degree "protected," or do you just give in and use the diaper anyway?
This is probably the question I'm most interested with.
I read a lot of stories on here where supposedly people with genuine IC issues, (not just AB/DLs) will say something like "I had to pee in my diaper while shopping" or "My diaper leaked on the bus" etc. and have wondered how much of this diaper use is necessary, or how much is for the sake of convenience?
I know if I was getting to the pee pee dance, leg crossing stage while wearing a diaper, then I would use it, but for me it would be part of my "playtime" and not something I could avoid.
Which leads to the next related question....
4: Do you ever pre-empt a genuine accident by pre-wetting on purpose where you can control it?
For example, you are shopping, and the first minor urge hits you. Will you deliberately wet to relieve the pressure before the build up results in a bigger, genuine accident?
Also, any other comments or experiences would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance,