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    Okay there is a large list of what we can't eat, but what can we actually eat? What are some favorite foods that don't cause pain?
    • 27 year old student
    • Had symptoms since I was 5
    • Been on forums since '07, knew I had this since then, received mild treatment without true diagnosis due to anxiety. Diagnosed by symptoms on 4/08/11.
    • Had first horrible flare in 07, bad doctors, had to research IC myself to clue in onto what it was. After following the diet I went into remission.
    • Big flare in 09 due to an untreated bladder infection. Went back into remission in 2012.
    • Symptoms returned 4/1/15. All of my remissions have ended in April-May or September-October. It sounds like a connection to seasonal allergies to me..

    Currently: Continuous Birth Control, vaginal valium (10/6/11), Elmiron (4/08/11), UTA (4/08/11), continuous Trimethoprim for infections (10/6/11), Heating pad, Benedryl, harsh diet

    What I know works: Benedryl, diet, birth control, UTA, valium, ditropan, soma

    What didn't work: Elavil, vistaril (12/22)

  • #2
    As far as the IC diet, I really think it depends on the person in how different foods are going to affect the bladder, and each person is different. I know that I absolutely cannot eat chocolate otherwise I will be in agony, yet there are some that can eat chocolate with no problems at all. I have a friend who has IC and she can drink orange juice and also she takes 2 vitamin C pills daily with no problems.
    It is a trial and error thing. You will have to experiment when it comes to trying different foods in order to find out what is going to bother your bladder, this is the only way to know for sure what is safe for you to eat. Good Luck.


    • #3
      I would suggest starting out though with everything on the usually ok side first. Once you have your pain under control then it would be ok to start experimenting with other foods, but one at a time, and give it a couple of days before you try something else to see if it bothers you. I know how hard it is and it will take some patience figuring it all out. Don't try too many things too soon, start off slowly. Good luck,


      I'm 47 years old, married 27 years. I have two wonderful boys and two wonderful grandchildren. I was diagnosed in 1994. Life has certainly thrown me many many surprises, all of which I'm trying to stay positive and hopeful, and I try to think about my blessings not my misfortunes, when possible. Stay Strong!