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Interstitial Cystitis


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Comment from: Tired, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 07

Eliminating all artificial sweeteners and carbonated beverages helped calm the first flare up of interstitial cystitis three years ago. Upon its recent return I've found asparagus and anti-inflammatory supplements like fish oil, quercetin and curcumin have helped. Sleep is the most important and am still working on that. I am considering an electrical TENS unit to block pain.

Comment from: Freye, 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: August 28

I had cranberry sauce and immediately I was in agony with interstitial cystitis. Normally quercetin and an antihistamine help. I have many chronic issues with bowel, hiatal hernia, diverticulitis, spondylosis, and fibromyalgia. It was difficult for me to tell what was what. As I can no longer drink tea, all dark fruits, red wine, currants, and chocolate, I was devastated. But on looking up a site for interstitial cystitis I realized this was the problem for the above, having cranberries, normally fine for cystitis.

Comment from: Janrose, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 04

I suffered with symptoms of interstitial cystitis for only 2 years. I was told to stop drinking wine, spicy foods, and so on. I was in pain and having the feeling I had to urinate constantly. I figured out what was causing my problem and am now free from the misery. I drank caffeine free cola every day and decided to stop cold turkey to see if this was the problem. Within a week or two my problem disappeared. I'm told the caramel color may have been the cause of my problem. If you’re a soda drinker, stop and see if it works for you!

Comment from: jackie, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 20

A gluten-free diet has drastically decreased my flares and brain fog. I also avoid soy and dairy products.

Comment from: Jayne, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 06

I have had IC for twenty years. The pain started out slow, during the day, but as time wore on, it also happened at night. I didn't think the pain could get any worse, but it did. Now it feels like things from my bladder down is swollen. I take a blood thinner, and I have high blood pressure and diabetes. I thought that some of this medicine could be causing the heavy pressure I am feeling. Is there anyone else out there like me? I had a hysterectomy in 1971.


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