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  • Recipe for a Flare

    I had been enjoying a really good stretch of bladder health over the last 5 months until last weekend. Here's how my remission ended.

    Saturday Evening : I ate an enchilada dinner at a Mexican resturaunt with my boyfriend. It was my decision, I decided to slurge a little and see if I could get away with it. The Mexican food only icreased my freqency a litle by Sunday Morning.

    Sunday Afternoon : We got invited to our next door neighbors for an afternoon swim in their brand new in-ground swimming pool.

    Sunday Night: We had very lively session of intercourse.

    Mexican Food + Chloinated Swimming Pool Water + Sex = IC FLARE!

    By Monday morning my bladder bladder was really angry. My frequency was way up and I felt like I had a bladder full full of razor blades. On Tuesday I thought it might be a UTI as my urine got really cloudy so I went got tested at the uro's office. The diptest was negative but I was given a 3 day course of Cipro just to be on the safe side and they sent the sample off to the lab to be culutured. The culture came back negative this afternoon. Here it is late in the evening on Friday and I am still dealing with the results of my indiscretions mand complancey. I struggled thru work on Monday. I took Tuesday and Wednesday off completely and worked from home all day Thursday and today I wasted an already scheduled vacation day nursing my poor diseased bladder. Tonight I am sooooooo miserable. In recent weeks I was almost ready to make a post in the remission section an declare myself in remission. I have had only a couple of flares this year and they were very minor and short-lived only lasting a 3-4 days each. Now I feel like I am back to square-one. I am peeing 3-4 times an hour during the day and waking up to pee 3 or 4 times a night. I have been in constant pain since Monday morning. I hate having a chronic condtion like IC. It always comes back. I am really feeling down tonight. Cyberhugs and prayers are welcome.
    Last edited by TexasHoney; 06-10-2011, 05:53 PM.

    Let's keep praying for a cure.
    IC Symptoms began in early 2001
    Divorced : Sept 2002 (Partly due to IC)
    Diagnosed with IC in April 2004
    Most recent injury - Rupurtured Left Achilles Tendon
    Wed Jan 28 2009
    (Ice Storm Accident)
    2nd Achilles Tendon Surgery - May 28, 2009 after re-injury on May 17
    Other Injuries
    Broken Left Ankle - July 2004 ( fell off ladder)
    Broken Left Ankle (Again) - May 2005 (car accident)
    Sprained Left Ankle - November 2006 ( fell off my aunts porch on Thanksgiving Day)

    Elmiron, Pyridium

  • #2
    I'm so sorry. I know exactly how you feel. I did the exact same thing, minus the pool, last Saturday and am still paying for it. Damn Mexican food! Why does it have to be so good? I got a rescue instill today and I'm hoping it'll give me some relief but I just keep thinking about this time last week how I was feeling so encouraged that I could get out of the house for a little bit and not be in misery and now it's back to pee, pee, and pee again. Had to watch my boyfriend eat pizza and have a beer while I enjoyed my plain meat and some water. It's SO frustrating how just a little bit of something can send us reeling; feeling like we've just ruined any progress. Somebody was asking me today what I'm not allowed to have and I said to think of pretty much anything that is enjoyable and strike that off the list.

    TexasHoney, I sure hope you get out of your flare soon. Cyber hugs and good vibes coming your way!
    Diagnosed with IC in April 2011. Medications and IC treatments did not help, diagnosed with PFD in September of 2013. Still searching for answers as to why I have never-ending frequency/urgency issues.

    Current medications/treatments:
    Pelvic physical therapy, valium suppositories, b and o suppositories, acupuncture, probiotics, magnesium, epsom salt baths

    Previous medications/treatments:
    Elmiron, Hydroxizine, Elavil, VESIcare, Series of rescue instillations using Elmiron, water, lidocaine, & sodium bicarb and self-cathing with instills as needed, D-mannose, Glucosamine, Hyophen (generic Prosed), Colostrum, IC diet, PTNS, chiropractic treatments, Desert Harvest Aloe Vera, CystoProtek


    • #3
      I did that same thing, I've been pain free for over a week now, so Thursday I had a BLT, Friday I ate some M&Ms and boy am I paying for it now. I just have to remember the next time I THINK i can have those foods to remember the pain I feel today.
      IC diagnosis 3 weeks ago.
      Vesicare 10 mg once daily
      IBS and Gerd-Zegerid
      IC diet
      Elmiron 100 mg three daily
      Hydroxyzine 25 mg at night
      Amitriptyline 10mg at night
      Diovan 60/12.5 daily
      Topral 50 mg daily
      Zoloft 100 mg at night
      Klonopin .5 twice daily


      • #4
        I'm so sorry you're flaring again and hope you feel better quickly.

        I eat pizza --- I just order something without tomato sauce. It's actually very good. For a lot of years I didn't have any until I decided to ask about a "no sauce" one.

        Stay safe

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        • #5
          Don't beat yourselves up we all do this at some point in time. You get feeling pretty good the memory of what the no no foods can do to us in a blink of an eye, fades and we are tempted.

          You did it now and you can almost bet you will do it again. We all need reminders sometimes, hopefully our reminders are gone fast.

          Hope you feel better soon. MG
          My are with you all. May you all find a way to peace and joy in your lives.


          • #6
            I hate this condition. I hope you feel better soon. I don't think I have ever gotten back to feeling good, but I hope that it will come soon. Good luck, long distance hug.