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  • survey: how long do your flares last on average

    I know many of us have had flares that have lasted for a very long time (up to several months), but on average how long do your flares normally last? I'm having a flare right now, no pain but pretty bad frequency and have to travel in 3 weeks. Before this flare, I was pretty much symptom free for several months. I'm thinking its either food or supplement related. I guess I just need encouragement that this probably won't last for 3 weeks. Thanks for the support!-Jess

  • #2
    I'm really curious about the dynamics of flares also and so glad you asked this. I'm wondering why they would last for months for some. Let's say I ate a food that was not on the friendly list. I would think that the flare would not last long if I immediately stopped eating it.

    Diagnosed: 2011 - have had symptoms for over 20 years. Diagnoses so far: Overactive Bladder, then IC, and now Myofacial Pelvic Pain Syndrome.

    Medicines: For IC am doing PT, and will be taking Gabapentin, Ativan, Tramadol and Ambien. Ice packs and drinking vanilla shakes help. Foods that cause a flare, tomatoes, yogurt, coffee, soda, all sports drinks, and most teas. Take Verapamil, Naproxen (as needed), Omeprazole, Frova (as needed) and receive Botox shots(every three months) for migraines. For allergies I use Claritin and Flonase. (Feel free to ask me any questions about meds.)

    Other conditions: Migraines, allergies, mild IBS.

    "If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer." (Matthew 21:22)


    • #3
      I think like so many things with IC its individual. When I personally eat/drink something wrong my discomfort will last a day, maybe two. For others I think it can be much longer.

      Gelnique for frequency/urgency - works great
      Macrobid after sex
      Prilosec, continuous birth control pills
      synthroid .088mg, mucinex-d, restasis

      Supplements: Desert Harvest Aloe vera, Cysta-q, prelief, magnesium and calcium, Vit D, flaxseed oil

      Diag Mild IC Jan 11 but have had symptoms for 25 years. Also have GERD, TMJ, IBS-C, chronic dry eye syndrome, hashimotos thyroiditis, non-allergic rhinitis.

      IC Diet Link:
      AUA 2011 Guidelines to diagnosing and treating IC overview-
      AUA 2011 Guidelines to diagnosing and treating IC PDF:
      Great treatment flowchart on page 19 of the pdf