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  • Am new and have "Flare" question...

    If I am in the middle of a "Flare" and going to the bathroom ALL the time...should I drink more or less water?How long do "Flares" usually last?

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    If youre in a lot of pain (my flares are always painful) I would recommend drinking as much as possible. It seems counterintuitive (I have to have my husband FORCE me to drink, I'm really bad at making myself when I'm flaring) but it does help. The more you dilute the urine, the less painful it should be. More concentrated urine is much higher in acid so it is more painful. By drink more, though, I mean WATER. Juice, sodas, teas and coffees will make the flare worse in most cases. I also drink milk (and my flare standby, vanilla shakes) because they help me but I know that they also will increase some peoples flares so if your willing to try it, do but be wary.

    As for how long they last.... well, there is no answer for that. Some flares last only a few hours. Some last days. Some weeks and I have heard of some poor women on this board who have had a flare for years..... Those are relatively RARE tho, so please don't worry about that right now. Worry and stress make flares worse.

    To help recover, try to minimize stress, try to stick to the IC diet (if youre new here and don't know about the IC diet you can find it in the patient handbook), drink a lot of water, take a pyridium (uristat or azo are the otc names), rest, use a heat pack or ice pack on your pelvis to relax your pelvic muscles and help stop the bladder spasms, take a hot bath and if youre like me go to McDs or somewhere for a BIG vanilla milkshake... those ALWAYS make me feel better (even if for no other reason than it puts me in a good mood and helps me relax)


    • #3
      Hi! Sorry to hear you are flaring. I hope your flare up and pain ends soon! Roxie

      Double Spinal Cord Stimulator surgery 8/09
      Unsuccessful MiniArc sling surgery 12/07
      Dx'd Hypothyroid
      Dx'd Chronic Axonal Neuropathy & Myopathy
      June 2007
      Dx'd IC May 2006 (after suffering for 25+ yrs!)
      First Cysto 1979
      First Hydro 1981 (Many treatments since then!)
      Collagin"Durasphere" injections for urethra
      Gall bladder surgery Aug. 2004
      Gastric Bypass Dec. 2004
      Dx'd: Barrett's Esphogus July 2004
      Dx'd: Vaginal Atrophy 2005
      Bladder surgery 2000
      Dx'd: IBS 2000
      Hysterectomy (fibroids) 1999
      Laminectomy 1989
      Dx'd: Degerative Disk Disorder 1989

      For IC I use Elmiron, Elavil and Freeze dried Aloe Vera (it works likes Elmiron, but naturally)and Azo as needed. I also take Zegerid, Randitine for Barrett's Esophagus. (which causes me to have constant yeast infections!)I take Cymbalta for Neuopathy/Myopathy pain. I use the Climara patch for menopause symptoms. I'm on a very strict diet because of the IC, IBS and Gastric Bypass. I take Primal Defense Probiotics and whole food Iron.
      I no longer have the awful urethral pain! I've been using MSM gel now for 4 mo. and haven't had a flare up or the urethra's amazing stuff!!:woohoo:


      • #4
        Sorry you are in so much pain. As for the water, I would drink plenty of water but maybe not all at one time which may aggravated the pressure of the bladder.

        Sending lots of hugs, Trishann


        • #5
          You need to be drinking six to eight cups of water every day.

          Stay safe

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          • #6
            Dehydration bad!!! I always find my flairs are so much worse if I am dehydrated. I have been known to flair for that reason alone. Drink plenty of water, but not too quickly. Too much too fast just increases pressure and pain.