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    I noticed that Pear Nectar and jelly have citric acid. Is this related to citrus fruit? and does it cause problems for some people.

  • #2
    yes, citric acid can bother people. I'm not sure exactly what it is derived from, but the word "acid" basically denotes that it is acidic!

    Uunfortunately the stuff is in everything, and I do mean everything! Of course it doesn't bother everyone, so the best way to figure out if it is causing you problems is to do an elimination diet. I discovered that most "bad" IC foods don't seem to bother me much, but soy and soy oil is killer. That is in most margarines and prepared foods, as well as some breads. Vinegar is also bad for me (ie pickles).

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    My IC story- diagnosed at age 15 (Feb 2004), after approx. 6 mos of symptoms. Went into near complete remission following hydrodistention and introduction of meds. Feeling so good that I started skipping meds (bad idea). 1 week flare (May 2006). New flare November 2006-present.
    My triggers- I'm not sure about food triggers, just started IC diet but so far doesn't seem to be doing much. Stress is a big trigger for me though. Both flares this year came during stressful times. I think that stress reduction will help me immensely (last flare went AWAY during vacation in Mexico when I was drinking margaritas like they were water;P).
    Start of IC symptoms- Summer 2003 (after a UTI)
    Dx- February 2004, after hydrodistension (ouch!)

    Current treatments- Amytriptyline (25mg), Hydroxizine (25mg), MSM w/Glucosamine (1000mg,3x/day), quercetin (500mg, 2x/day), trying to stick to IC diet, prelief as needed.

    Previous treatments- Amytriptyline (10mg), Hydroxizine (10mg), Alesse (HBC)


    • #3
      Some of us can tolerate tiny amounts of citric acid. Others find that any at all is a problem. My suggestion is to try going completely away from it for a while, then try a tiny bit to see if it's problematic for you.

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      • #4
        Citric acid flares my IC horribly, but Donna is right, test it out carefully (small amount) to see if you're ok with it. Since it's in everything, it's more convenient if you can tolerate it, so it's worth checking for yourself.

        I am not a medical authority nor do I offer medical advice. In all cases, I strongly encourage you to discuss your medical treatment with your personal medical care provider. Only they can, and should, give medical recommendations to you.

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        -IC diet
        -Elavil 50mg at night
        -Continuous use birth control pills (4-5 periods/year)
        -Heparin/Marcaine/Sodium Bicarb home instills at night 3-4x per week, more often if needed
        -Pyridium if needed,
        -Pain medicine at bedtime daily, as needed during the day several times per week
        -Antibiotic when doing an instillation to prevent UTI
        -Colace & SmartFiber to treat chronic constipation from meds, Fleet enema as needed
        -Dye Free Benadryl 50 mg at bedtime
        -"Your Pace Yoga: Relieving Pelvic Pain" dvd, walking, treadmill at gym
        -Managing stress= VERY important!
        -Fur therapy: Hugging the cat!


        • #5
          I'm not entirely sure, but I believe the citric acid is derived from corn.
          Usually, if not always.


          • #6
            How odd am i,lol my bladder can handle lemon not only that if i have lemon chicken my bladder feels very calm in away..


            • #7
              Hi everyone. Weezer here - been away from the boards since December and I have missed you all so much. My thing lately, speaking of citric acid etc., I have been craving oranges like crazy. I really don't know if there effecting my IC, because I have been flaring something terrible for the past few months and I'm awaiting surgery beginning of April. I was thinking that maybe my body was craving vitamin C??? Asked my doctor about it and she just said, that's a possibility. And before it was oranges, it was watermelon, which didn't seem to bother me. Just wondering if anyone else has this craving???


              • #8
                I can tolerate a little citric acid. I drink these tropicana thingys and they have pear juice and less than 5% citric acid and they don't bother me. I try not to drink them everyday though, don't want to push it