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    Hi everyone,
    I have recently visited a urologist after having rather constant bladder and urethal pain over the past 2 months. I had some symtoms from time to time through the years, but nothing this steady. I am 70. Anyway, he did a bladder exam, with the little camera (I don't know all the terminology), and also a uro-dynamic test (that was pretty misable).
    He wasn't definite about a diagnosis, but said I wasn't emptying the bladder completely and explained that; said to follow the IC diet, gave me a prescription for the orange pills (forgot the name), said to come back in 6 months. He had originally said he felt I had IC, but the only way to diagose was to rule out other things. I only have frequentcy, which increased a lot over the past 2 months. However, I've always had that to some extent.
    So, I am experimenting with various things to feel better. I have some days where I'm mostly pain-free, and the pain is manageable the rest of the time. I'm not taking any meds for it, except occasionally a couple Tylenol. I'm going to ask my reg doc for a tylernol with codeine script, as the urologist suggested I should.
    I am trying to follow the IC diet as best I can...really miss coffee and all the fruit I was eating - especially as I am a Weight Watcher member and free fruit was added to the new program!
    My main question for tonight: is there any sugar substitute which will not irritate the bladder? I was wondering about Stevia?
    I have other questions, because of all the wonderful information on here, thank God for this site! Thank you!

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    Hey! I have tried them all even stevia and they all bother me.
    Diagnosed w/ IC 12/2010. 3 small kidney stones removed in May of 2011.

    Currently taking: Elmiron (3 times a day-pour capsule into about 4 oz. of water and drink it down (with a little food on my stomach first), Valium (an eighth to a fourth of a pill as needed (rarely need this anymore), and Curelle Probiotics -one a day in the morning on an empty stomach.

    Tried: Urelle, Prelief, Oxybutynin, Urogesic Blue, antihistamines, nuerotin, flomax, vesicare, enablex, cystoprotek, prozac, quercetin w/ bromelaine, marshmellow root tea, garlic pills, fish oil, magnesium, Vitamin D-3, Boron, B-12 w/ Folic Acid drops. Homeopathic allergy shots for food and inhalents.

    **Elmiron and Culturelle Probiotic have helped me get a better quality of life. I've been on the Elmiron for 6 months so far and am feeling so much better and can eat and drink so much more!

    **I love the ICN - it has been a blessing in the midst of this evil curse!!!