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  • Multivitamin Madness

    I thought I could up my immune system's game by taking a multivitamin. I bought One-A-Day Women's Multivitamins. After taking one Tuesday night, I have been experiencing a significant flare-up of my symptoms. This is so frustrating! I should have examined the ingredients more closely; one of the main ingredients is ascorbic acid.

    I feel like I am at my wit's end. I am in the process of filing for an intermittent FMLA leave at work, as my endo/cysts/pelvic floor dysfunction/IC are making hard for me to function as a normal human being. Things were bad enough before this flare, and now it's just too much to handle!

    Has anyone else had a similar experience?
    Mommy to Dolores Anne, born 2 September 2012

    Current Meds: Zoloft, Premarin, Klonopin, Tramadol, UTA

  • #2
    Many ICers have a problem with multivitamins. Some can tolerate children's chewable ones.

    Stay safe

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    • #3
      Thank you for the suggestion, Donna.

      I am so frustrated with myself. If had just checked the label, I wouldn't be in so much pain!

      Mommy to Dolores Anne, born 2 September 2012

      Current Meds: Zoloft, Premarin, Klonopin, Tramadol, UTA


      • #4
        I started taking One-A-Day Women's Multivitamins in November and within in couple days it felt like I had a full blown UTI. After many tests and pain killers later I was diagnosed with IC. My flare up started the same time I started at Multivitamin, I am thinking that was the trigger. It's now the end of January and it seems like there is no end. Please let me know if you have found anything to relieve the pain, I have terrible burning in my bladder!


        • #5
          I seem to be doing okay with a Sam's Club multi-vitamin; no ascorbic acid, no gluten, no soy, etc!
          Summer of 2011: Severe Fatigue (sleeping 16 hour/day). Fall of 2011: Severe dizziness/nausea. December 2011: Ovarian Cyst Ruptured (left). January 2012: Severe Endometriosis/Uterine Fibroids Detected. February 2012: Uterine Cancer suspected, tested, benign! March 2012: Facial contortions began on Right side. CT Scan of brain done; nothing wrong. April 2012: Doc took me off of anxiety meds, thinking it was causing facial contortions. May 2012: Hysterectomy (still have ovaries) due to severe pain in left side, endometriosis, and uterine fibroids. Given Depo shot to prevent endo from growing. MRI done of brain b/c of contortions; nothing wrong. Summer 2012: Still pain in left side, esp w/sex. Went on HCG diet, lost 40lbs. Had EEG done on brain b/c of contortions; nothing wrong! Gave up. Developed extreme urgency & urinary retention problems. Given another Depo Shot, realized I was allergic! September 2012: Suspicion of IC. Started IC diet, put on Elmiron, gained weight and Hair Fell Out!! Contortions ceased. October 2012: Put on Elavil; didn't help, gained weight. Breast Lump Removed, biopsied, benign! Given alternative BC pills to suppress Endo. November 2012: IC confirmed with cystoscopy. December 2012: Bladder Distension/DMSO treatment #1 (full capacity was 350CCs; enlarged to 850CCs). December 2012-January 2013: DMSO treatments #2-#6. Extreme pain with cathetar during DMSO treatments; Urethritis suspected by nurse. February 2013:Told to take Claritin daily, AZO, Prelief, and Elavil for Flares. Urethra perfect. Pain is from IC. Scheduled for Once a month DMSO. Stopped BC pills. Hoping Endo doesn't come back any time soon!
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