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    I’m on Stage I of the IC diet and am finding my anemia has gotten a lot worse. My doctor told me to stop taking the vitamins I was on to avoid IC flare-ups, but that takes away my iron supplement. I don’t eat red meat (for many reasons) and the IC diet has taken away almost all of my iron- and protein-rich foods (bananas, nuts, berries, yogurt, etc.) I’d use to make up for that. In the past few days, my anemia has gotten pretty bad. Taking Elmiron hasn’t helped, because it takes 8 hours out of the day that I can’t eat anything. In the past if I got lightheaded or dizzy, I’d eat a spoonful of peanut butter to increase my iron. I don’t know what to do now! Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    Allergies (Claritin)
    Anemia (iron supplement)
    Asthma (albuterol inhaler)
    Bilateral hearing loss (hearing aids)
    Chronic migraines (amitryptiline, midrin, special diet)
    Chronic rhinitis and sinusitis
    Endometriosis – stage IV (lapex surgery done by specialist 3/07; now pain- and symptom-free!)
    Other treatments tried: surgery, 13 birth controls, Lupron (poison! ), and Depot Provera (the worst thing my body’s ever gone through! )
    Interstitial Cystitis (Elmiron, Tramadol, Darvocet, IC diet)
    Knee problems (ballet-related injury – no diagnosis 10 years later)
    Scoliosis (>10 years of chiropractic treatment – none currently)
    Seizure (4/03)
    Surgeries: 6/95 – maxillo-facial surgery to realign jaw; currently have 8 screws in jaw
    2/06 – laparoscopy with excision of endometriosis and ovarian cyst, appendectomy, hysteroscopy, D&C, removal of uterine polyp
    3/07 – laparoscopy with excision of endometriosis, hysteroscopy, cystoscopy, hydrodistention, insertion of stent in ureter

  • #2
    If you eat chicken, that has iron. Vegetables also have iron. Go to to see what foods have iron. You just type the food name into the search box.


    • #3
      Maybe you should start trying to add some of those things in you used for iron supplementation and see how they affect you. There's no guarantee that everything on the "bad list" will actually be a problem for your bladder. Different people have issues with different things, so you may well find that something like yogurt or peanutbutter may not be a problem for you. Also, there area a couple cookbooks available that can help you come up with recipes to try and find whole-foods alternatives that will provide the total daily intake you need.


      • #4
        Feosol-this is an otc iron supplement. I have Iron-deficency anemia as well, and this really is the magic-bullet!

        IC diagnosed officially via cysto/urodynamics 1/26/07

        Grade II Endometriosis diagnosed via lap 12/11/07

        "Fall down seven times, Stand up eight."

        "Life is a tragedy for those who feel and a comedy for those who think."

        Current Treatments:
        Interstim Since 5/25/07!
        Birth Control


        • #5
          Iron deficiency

          I use the supplement Palafer for iron deficiency. You don't need a prescription for it, but some pharmacies keep it behind the counter. I don't take it everyday though, because I have constipation. I take it a few times a week. It does not seem to flare up my IC. Hard to say if it would bother you or not. I take it at supper time. It is better if you take iron supplements not with calcium. Vitamin C helps with absorption. Since I can't use vitamin C supplements or citrus fruits due to the IC, I take it when I eat vegetables like broccoli and red/green peppers because they are high in vitamin C.

          Once you are eating more foods on the middle section of the diet you will be able to eat more variety. Nuts like cashews, almonds, pine nuts are good for protein and on the middle list. You can buy cashew or almond butter. I'm not a big bean fan, but I like lentil soup made with red lentils and they cook quickly & don't bother my IC. I can eat bananas now, maybe you will be able to at some point as well.

          Do you like fish. I make salmon fillets or rainbow trout once a week or so. I put it in a baking dish, put on a bit of olive oil, salt, pepper, and dried dill weed. I cook it for 18-20 min at 400 degrees or until it flakes easily but is not overdone. Fast and tastes pretty good.

          Just experiment as you go, gradually you will find out what foods bother you.

          Good luck.



          • #6
            Iron supplements should actually be taken with folic acid for the best effect. Both work together to make new red blood cells.
            current meds:
            cytotec 200mcg twice daily

            ONLY 3 MEDICATIONS!!! YAY! Would never have dreamed this is possible

            dx: hashimoto's thyroiditis 1998
            dx: interstitial cystitis via cystoscopy with hydrodistention and biopsy 2003
            dx: endometriosis 2003
            dx: innapropriate sinus tacchicardia 2005

            meds tried but failed:
            elavil (6months)- severe tachycardia
            elmiron (1yr6mo.)- no improvement, nausea, hair loss, stomach ulcers
            a bunch of others

            Me and my best friend's baby (also my Godson!)