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  • ibruprofen

    hi ladies: I think that maybe the ibuprofen I took for menstrual cramping is causing a flare--a miserable day today. Does anyone know what else to take? thanks, kathy

  • #2
    A lot of us have problems taking ibuprofen. Sometimes it bothers my bladder, sometimes it doesn't. As long as I take prelief with it, it doesn't bother my bladder. The only other thing I can suggest that you take is tylenol. I don't that that bothers most people.

    The one time it caused me a flare I had intense burning that started about an hour after I took it, I knew it was the ibuprofen because it was the only thing I had eaten/taken that would have caused that horrible burning! Hope you feel better soon.

    I have been diagnoised for 6 1/2 years now. I have taken a long break from the ICN but really miss helping out my fellow IC patients and want to get back into posting.
    1st hydro 4/07 showed no visible signs of IC but tons of mast cells in all my biopsy samples which did prove IC.
    2nd hydro 4/13/09 showed dark purple glomerulations and I had a capacity of 450 cc's. This hydro proved that my IC had progressed.
    I have tried every oral medication as well as rescue instills and DMSO.

    I have been lucky enough to see Dr Hanno, the top IC specialist in PA who has told me due to the fact that I have not responded to any "standard" treatments that I have a severe, end stage case of IC with a horrible quality of life (didn't have to tell me that last part!)

    Proud wifey of Shane, mommy to Griffin, and step-mom to Logan and Gage
    Also proud mom to the best Bullmastiff on earth, Claus


    • #3
      Hi Kathy,

      Christine had some great advice - try taking 2 prelief pills with the ibuprofen. Everybody responds differently to over the counter anti-inflammatories, so be careful. I once went into a 2 week flare from taking Aleve! YICK!!!

      Take care and feel GOOD!
      IC diagnosis 1999
      Meds: Elmiron
      hydroxyzine hcl
      DMSO as needed
      valium as needed
      librax 3x day

      TENS therapy

      Thanks to all on the boards - YOU have helped more than I can say!

      A person's true wealth is the good he or she does in the world.


      • #4
        I can't take ibuprofen.

        Stay safe

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        • #5

          My favorite new thing are ThermaCare heatwraps. I bought like 9 boxes off eBay for $20. That's 27 wraps! They work soooo good. The box says they work for 8 hours. All of mine have lasted at least ten but really more like 12 hours! I normally use mine for bladder pain but they work great for menstrual cramps---which is what they were designed for. They feel really good.
          Lee Ann
          Current Rx Meds:
          Atarax, Ditropan, Elmiron
          Prior to pregnancy: The above 3 meds PLUS Neurontin, Topamax, Loratadine, continuous OrthoCyclen, Lidocaine Patches PRN, Temazepam PRN, & Vicodin PRN
          Hooray for babies!
          Misc. lifesavers: Hot baths, ThermaCare Heat Wraps, Ice Packs. The IC Diet has changed my life.
          Didn't work for me:
          Detrol LA, Amitryptiline, Morphine, Percocet, TENS unit, Interferential Pain Stimulator Unit, Hypogastric Plexus Nerve Block
          IC (Mod-Severe) since 1996

          UPDATE: 5/21/08 Pregnancy and breastfeeding afterwards have alleviated my IC symptoms more than anything, EVER. Most days are 100% pain free & I now have normal frequency (as long as I take these 3 meds).

          My little sweetie! Jack weighed 9 lbs 12 oz and was born via c-section on Feb. 28, 2008...


          • #6
            Thanks everyone! I will try all of this to see which works best. Hopefully today will be a better day. --Kathy