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  • Katrina
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    Megan, first symptoms 13....things got very bad around the age of 24....30 now (oh my pushed 4 instead of the 3 there and scared myself) I was getting most frustrated and worried while in college so late teens and early 20's.

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  • lauraads
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    Nasonex

    Unless you were in pretty bad pain constantly before-hand you would FEEL the difference if Nasonex bothered you. I tried it two different times without success. The last time I stayed with it three days. Tirst night I was in pain already and by middle of day two I was in serious pain, frequenc, and urgency. I believe it is the citric acid in it that bothers me.

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  • Charisse
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    Nasonex is what I'm using! But my first and worst flare was before I ever used it so I'm not sure there's any connection for me. I just went home at lunch and took some so we'll see.

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  • lauraads
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    Nasal Spray

    Just realized I forgot to answer the question about the allergy nasal spray that hurt me so bad. - It was Nasonex and taking it only 3 days caused me a 2-week flare and completely stripped me from being able to eat the foods I had worked up to in the last year -- onions (small quantities cooked until clear), sour cream in cheesecake, etc. It has been about 3 months and I try every few weeks and still can't eat them. WAAH.

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  • megancolleen
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    I'm the exact same way. I had my first flare when I was 12 (I'm 23 now), and after a few months it went into almost complete remission...for 8 years! In that time, I had occasional mild discomfort, but I lived a very normal life and hardly thought anything of it. I didn't know what IC was; I just thought I had a "weird bladder." I don't even consider myself as having had IC until I was 20, because it was then that I started having major discomfort every day. I haven't heard of many people who had a mild case for so long before IC really hit, but I'm glad I'm not alone.

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  • Katrina
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    but if the meds get rid of the symptoms, why would you want to stop them? Are people thinking long risk damage to their body b/c of them? I'm just so confused about all of this.
    yes that and side effects and if you don't need the meds .....or something without the same risks or side effects helps equally well it can be the better option. One of my friends has no idea what she did that put her into remission but she is not on any treatment for IC anymore when at one point she needed multiple meds and still had some symptoms.

    In my case I have attempted to go to lessor doses and switch to alternatives when things improve. Unfortunatly my remissions are not as long lasting as my friend but for me it is side effects that want me off of meds the most. I don't always think about the long term problems till the problem arrises.

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  • lauraads
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    Herbs I use

    Since you asked, I use:

    Marshmallow Root which I steep as a tea and drink twice a day

    Desert Harvest freeze dried aloe vera

    Algonot Cystoprotek (which is chondroitin, quercetin and glucosamine sulfate)

    The diet is mostly from the usually Ok list from the Ic-network diet page.

    Thanks!

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  • Trishann
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    Yes me too, just like Barb.

    Sending hugs, Trishann

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  • Babs RN
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    My IC progressed as well I think as a result of not being properly diagnosed or treated early on. I had everything checked except my bladder, and then once I was dxed it took all sorts of docs to get a decent opinion.

    Hugs,
    Barb

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  • mary124
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    I have a "severe case of IC" probably from not being treated right away? It took about 5 years for the doctors to actually figure out what I had. Up till recently though, I think about 3 years ago was I told that I had this severe of IC, I have done in the past the DMSO treatments (3 different times - first 2 times helped, the last time didn't); I have been on Elmiron since it has been on the market (1997) also have had hydro's done every 6-8 months for the last 4 years. Diet. Pain meds as needed. That is the only things that my Uro & Cardio doctors will agree on.
    As for progressing, I have heard only maybe the first year or two.

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  • Charisse
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    Laura wow you've come a long way!! So can you tell us what herbs and diet you used? Also which nasal spray gave you a reaction? I've been using a nasal spray for my allergies too and am hoping it's not making me worse. I had my first flare in 2000 and then some minor flares in 2002 and then was fine again until this past year so that gives me hope that maybe someday I'll be out of this pain again. Patience!!!

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  • lauraads
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    IC returned worse

    I think I am just like you! I first had IC symptoms in 1994 (although it took two years to diagnose). It was mild and I controlled it with diet. I could even eat tomatoes like once a week and pineapple once a week, and even occassional alcohol. About a year or so in I went on an anti-depressant for depression not IC since IC wasn't a problem (and I don't think they even knew back then that anti-depressants helped some IC).

    I really thought I was cured because as the years passed I progressed into eating and drinking anything and was only reminded I had IC if I ate too much citrus (like 5 days in a row).

    However, my trigger was getting really sick from the Elmiron in 3/04). It took 8 months to get it out of my system and 10 days after I finally felt human again my bladder started to hurt like an infection at first. I NEVER THOUGHT MY IC COULD BE SO BAD. I've posted this other places on these boards but the short of it is that I spent four months sleeping in the bathtub, not tolerating any foods, any meds, any topical products or even chemical smells, and peeing about 65 times a night and living to pee during the day. My body seemed to get worse and worse as all my systems (adrenal, thyroid, etc., seemed to just tank). I did a lot of research, tried to go back on anti-depressants since I thought that might have been a help, tried IC meds and even some alternative health. However, all I could tolerate was Cystoprotek, dried aloe, zyrtec, hormones and IC diet.

    Anyway, the good news is that while I am not back to cured and I still have to be careful with diet, meds, vitamins, sex, I am almost pain/symptom free! I'd say it took from 10/04 doing diet and herbs, and then my first and only hydro in 1/05 to have about 50% relief. Then, it took about 3 more months to feel like I was reentering the human race. I had very bad night time symptoms and it took about 16-18 months for those to go away (I really thought they wouldn't).

    So, if you were seemingly in a remission once, perhaps like me you will regain it with smart choices and enough time.

    I try to remind myself that should it ever get really bad again I can cling to the knowledge that it just takes time for my particular body to 'get back'. It's really interesting for me -- I literally worked my way up to eating onions, sour cream and soda as of a few months ago and then I took a nasal allergy medicine for only three days. It did such damage to my progress in those 3 days that after 90 days I still can't eat onions or cheesecake with sour cream without having to ache, hurt and get up every 20 minutes at night with urgency/frequency (but just for one night).

    I HOPE you will be like me and have it calm down again. It has now been 2 years and 9 months since mine came back in a way that was so bad I would have ended up on disability or pain meds if it had continued. Now, as I said, when careful with food and activity choices, I can be virtually pain free.

    Good luck!

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  • Charisse
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    I am very new to IC but if I'm able to tolerate Elmiron then I will certainly give it a fair shot. Right now I'm just taking Atarax 25 mg per day and hoping that will make a difference soon. Who knows what the longterm side effects of these drugs are but I would feel better about taking something to rebuild my bladder lining because it seems to me like it's fixing the source of the problem to the best of our knowledge. But again I'm new to this and I can understand people wanting to take a more holistic route -especially if they have side effects to Elmiron or haven't noticed a difference. I would love to be able to eat and drink foods again without having to worry about my bladder lining so for me it would be worth it. I have been in the foulest mood the past few days due to lack of coffee. I actually started crying at Whole Foods yesterday trying to find some safe foods. I bought vanilla nut Teeccino which actually tastes very similar to coffee but was afraid to drink much of it because it's high in inulin which is a type of fiber that irritates my IBS and makes me more constipated. And it didn't give me the same mental effect as coffee either! My poor husband is so confused. He says it seems like my food limitations change weekly so he never knows what's safe for me to eat. I was on a very strict food allergy diet a few years back and then I was on Weight Watchers and now this. He didn't understand why I wouldn't drink apple juice today! Charisse

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  • blue
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    I know I've been told it doesn't progress, and read it too. I certainly don't believe it!!!!!!!!

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  • futurehope
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    Bam

    Speaking for myself, the doctor "treating" back then (late 1990's) NEVER said anything to me about the fact that this could progress if I didn't continue to take meds.

    He did not have that knowledge, nor did I.

    So, I based my decision not to take meds on the fact that, "this was as bad as it was going to get" and "being on the diet is helping".

    That is why I posted this thread. I wanted to know if IC HAS progressed for anyone else besides me?

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