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  • Can foods cause "chronic inflammation"?

    Is it possible to NOT have IC, but just have "chronic inflammation" from things like food, caffeine, hormones, etc? Or if you have chronic inflammation, is it definitely IC? I can't seem to get a doctor to answer that. Thank you.

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    Hi I've always heard that if you have chronic inflammation it's probably IC.........esp. if all the 'no no' re bothing you! 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 pain.....it's amazing stuff!!:woohoo:

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    • #3
      Need more info. Is this chronic inflammation of the bladder?

      Inflammation in and of itself can be caused by a lot of things, including allergies and auto-immune disorders.
      Sonja

      Dx: Idiopathic Dilated Cardiomyopathy/Congestive Heart Failure-1997, Vulvar Vestibulitis-2006, IC-Feb 2007, Atrophic Vaginitis 08, Heavy Long and Painful Periods leading to Partial Hysterectomy-2007, Rectal Fissure-2007, Pelvic Floor Dysfuntion-2008, Post-Menopausal-2010

      Meds: Coreg, Elmiron, Elestrin, Est/Test Topical Gel, Valium Suppositories, Lyrica, Dyrenium to counteract edema from Lyrica, Pain Meds.

      IC Diet: Very diet sensitive, esp. to spices.

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      • #4
        Yes, inflammation of the bladder.

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        • #5
          Part of the definition of IC is inflammation of the bladder wall. I would think that IC cannot be ruled out based on that.
          Sonja

          Dx: Idiopathic Dilated Cardiomyopathy/Congestive Heart Failure-1997, Vulvar Vestibulitis-2006, IC-Feb 2007, Atrophic Vaginitis 08, Heavy Long and Painful Periods leading to Partial Hysterectomy-2007, Rectal Fissure-2007, Pelvic Floor Dysfuntion-2008, Post-Menopausal-2010

          Meds: Coreg, Elmiron, Elestrin, Est/Test Topical Gel, Valium Suppositories, Lyrica, Dyrenium to counteract edema from Lyrica, Pain Meds.

          IC Diet: Very diet sensitive, esp. to spices.

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          • #6
            I honestly believe that IC is just a name for inflammation of the bladder, the only frustrating thing is that the doctors dont have enough knowledge yet to figure out what causes it. I believe there are many things that can cause IC, one would be a problem with the immune system possibly. Or it could be all drug related meaning that maybe some of us had to take medications in the past, maybe alot of antibiotics or something and this set us up for developing the IC. The only reason I say this is because IC did not even exsist years ago,actually alot of the diseases there are today did not exsist years back if you think about it. Now since there have been do many different meds being used out there, I see more and more new diseases coming up. Not that I am saying meds are bad, thank goodness for some of them, just that I think some doctors over prescribe them. One example being that I hadf a friend who went to the doctor for muscle aches and came out with a script for nexium. Go figure.
            Jen

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