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  • Need help with Almond Milk....

    I've noticed that some of you drink almond milk. Is this generally well tolerated by IC'ers? What brands are out there that do not contain problem ingredients? I am very diet sensitive, and would really appreciate some brand suggestions.

    Also, can most IC'ers tolerate Almonds? I have seen the diet list many times, and see that they are on there, but so are peanuts. I cannot tolerate peanuts & peanut butter at all.

    Dx with IC 3/2009 - Cysto w/Hydro
    Meds: Elmiron (400mg), Atarax (10mg), Elavil (20mg), Pyridium (as needed)

  • #2
    I'm ok with almonds, but not walnuts - those give me an instant flare. Peanuts I'm very very allergic to, so won't ever be trying those!!!

    Not all nuts are the same... (Which sounds like it should be the punch line to a joke.)

    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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    Current treatments:
    -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!


    • #3
      I'm really diet sensitive as well, but I have no problem with almond milk. In fact, it is a go-to drink for me when I'm having a flare. I buy Almond Breeze -- there are several different 'flavours' but I usually go with the one that is sweetened vanilla (good for cereal, baking). I would recommend that you just try out the Original unsweetened kind first, just to see how you react. If you can tolerate it, than try out the ones with added vanilla and sugar.

      If you don't like almond milk, try rice milk. I can tolerate rice milk too, but I find that almond milk has a richer taste. Good luck!
      Me: Canadian. 31.

      IC symptoms: Cramping, burning, frequency. Pain!

      Pain management: Ibuprofen. AZO. Marijuana. Prelief. The IC Diet.

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      • #4
        I also can tolerate the almond milk, I drink the ALMOND BREEZE kind. BUT I drink the PLAIN, no sugar cane added, no flavour...etc, just plain. I flare from the cane sugar that is added and the flavours, so be careful starting out and start with the PLAIN, UNSWEETENED first.

        I am also able to tolerate almond butter, and peanut butter (the natural kinds, no sugar added) Again we are all different so go slowly with all these drinks/foods, just to be safe.



        • #5
          I drink coconut milk and love it.


          • #6
            I haven't had any trouble with almond or rice milk. I've used all different kinds of almond milk. The only thing with almond milk is it's not really white and is kind of thick. I usually mix the almond and rice milk together and get a nice consistency and color.
            -I follow the IC diet to the letter
            -acupuncture and chinese herbs
            -instillations as needed
            -beginning yoga and specialized yoga for breathing and relaxation

            main symptoms: pain and burning


            • #7
              I can eat almonds no problem. I buy the almond breeze brand too. Ok I admit I used to drink alot of the unsweetened chocolate but haven't tried it in awhile cuz I'm trying to follow the diet. Might try it and see if it bothers me though since I'm trying one different thing every day.

              Gelnique for frequency/urgency - works great
              Macrobid after sex
              Prilosec, continuous birth control pills
              synthroid .088mg, mucinex-d, restasis

              Supplements: Desert Harvest Aloe vera, Cysta-q, prelief, magnesium and calcium, Vit D, flaxseed oil

              Diag Mild IC Jan 11 but have had symptoms for 25 years. Also have GERD, TMJ, IBS-C, chronic dry eye syndrome, hashimotos thyroiditis, non-allergic rhinitis.

              IC Diet Link:
              AUA 2011 Guidelines to diagnosing and treating IC overview-
              AUA 2011 Guidelines to diagnosing and treating IC PDF:
              Great treatment flowchart on page 19 of the pdf


              • #8
                I can eat almonds. They are good for an appetite suppressant too! Just a small handful (portion size is 17) and I am good for hours!
                Julie Beyer, MA, RDN
                IC Dietitian, Patient Advocate, Speaker, & Author

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                • #9
                  I drink Almond Breeze and it's wonderful and never bothers me. The Silk brand has B vitamins added so I stay away from that brand.
                  My IC is under control with DIET.
                  Tried Cystoprotek but gave me terrible heartburn.

                  Current Strategy:
                  IC Diet (most helpful)
                  Quercetin 500mg
                  D-Mannose (when flaring)