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    hi everyone,

    i'm whittany, and i was diagnosed after a routine pap test where my doctor asked me to fill out a "pee-questionnaire." i scored high on frequency, so he did the potassium test, and told me i have i.c. i *did not* have pelvic pain or burning prior to this diagnosis.

    he put me on elmiron, amitrytylene (sp?), and ditropan. this worked GREAT for 3 months, until something triggered my first "flare-up." i suspect it was fluvoxamine, taken for depression.
    my doctor stopped the fluvoxamine, but increased the dosage on the amityptilene.

    why do i suddenly have a flare-up *after* diagnosis when i've only had ordinary bladder infections in the past?

    how long does a flare-up last? i'm finishing my 3rd week, and i still have some pelvic pain.

    nice to meet you all, hope someone can help!

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    Hi Whittany:
    Sorry to hear about your flare. [img]frown.gif[/img] You are definitely in the right place though. This site is awesome! Take your time to read the Handbook-It's very informative.

    I have a few questions, were all of your previous "infections" actually confirmed by culture? Have you visited a uro to confirm your gyn's diagnosis? Have you confirmed your current "flare" isn't a UTI?

    Your flare shortly after your diagnosis could be from something that you have eaten, drank, stress etc.. because this disease can go into remission and reappear when you least expect it. This disease is very individualistic and not everyone has the same exact symptoms and treatment regimens may vary. At different periods of time, your symptoms can be worse or better. I know, it's confusing! The "duration" of your flare can be difficult to measure until you are sure you do not have a UTI, your medications have been adjusted to your comfort level and you adhear to an IC friendly diet (tomatoes, apples, alcohol along with numerous other acidic items really set me off!)

    Take your time since your diagnosis is so recent and you can quickly become overwhelmed by all the info. I have found everyone's perspective on this website to be invaluable and comforting.

    Take care &gt;Tina <img src="graemlins/grouphug.gif" border="0" alt="[grouphug]" />
    What you are is God's gift to you...What you make of yourself is your gift to God.

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    • #3
      hi tina, thanks for the reassuring reply. after reading your message, i made an appointment with a urologist to confirm i.c., and perhaps a urologist can provide me with more information.

      i also ordered the handbook per your recommendation.

      i've felt great the last two days, maybe i'm coming out of it.

      vinegar, some teas, and soy milk seem to be irritants. (bummer on the soy milk--i'm a vegetarian!!).

      thanks again, tina!

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      • #4
        Welcome, Whittany! You will find such wonderful information and support here and kudos to your doctor for catching on to you having IC. Some people go to doctor after doctor describing obvious IC symptoms and aren't diagnosed!!!!

        I read on another topic that you are a vegetarian - I feel for you. In the beginning I gave up almost every fruit and vegetable. It was very depressing - and I am not even a vegetarian. The good news is now that I have been on Elmiron for a year I can eat lots and lots of fruits and veggies. I usually eat bananas, strawberries, peaches, apples, blueberries and eat corn, carrots, spinach, green beans and even salad dressings. So, maybe one day you will be able to add those things back in too. There is hope [img]smile.gif[/img]
        Kim

        Diagnosed August 2001

        Current IC meds: Elmiron (since 2001), Levaquin (one pill after intercourse to prevent UTIs), Effexor (for depression & anxiety)


        Past IC meds: Amitriptyline (Elavil), Hydroxyzine (Vistaril), Detrol LA, Lexapro (for depression & anxiety, but also helped my IC) (They all helped, but I was able to discontinue them.)

        I've been virtually symptom free and able to eat & drink whatever I'd like for about 8 years now.

        *****************************

        “We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms -- to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.” ~ Viktor Frankl

        “You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.” ~ Brian Tracy

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        • #5
          Oh, and some people use cottage cheese on their salads. Don't know if you are vegan or not...
          Kim

          Diagnosed August 2001

          Current IC meds: Elmiron (since 2001), Levaquin (one pill after intercourse to prevent UTIs), Effexor (for depression & anxiety)


          Past IC meds: Amitriptyline (Elavil), Hydroxyzine (Vistaril), Detrol LA, Lexapro (for depression & anxiety, but also helped my IC) (They all helped, but I was able to discontinue them.)

          I've been virtually symptom free and able to eat & drink whatever I'd like for about 8 years now.

          *****************************

          “We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms -- to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.” ~ Viktor Frankl

          “You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.” ~ Brian Tracy

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          • #6
            thanks kim, for your hopeful words!

            so far, prelief is helping with tomatoes (only my *favorite* food).

            but cottage cheese on a salad??? ewwwwwwww!!!!

            i've been using olive oil with some dried herbs for salad dressing.

            (i'm not vegan by the way)

            thanks again, you're great! [img]biggrin.gif[/img]

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