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  • Alcohol and IC

    Hi all,

    Couldn't find a thread on this, so I thought I'd start one.

    I'm curious, in your experiences:

    1) How bad of a "diet-breach" having a few drinks every once in a while is generally considered, and

    2) If there are any alcohols that are significantly worse or better than others.

    I've heard that beer and red wine are no-no's, but that some liquors might not be too awful if you drink them with plenty of water. For example, I've heard that if you stick to vodka or rum mixed with water or pear juice it might not be too bad for your bladder?

    I don't mind going on a strict diet, but going out with friends every once in a while is one of the last few enjoyable things from "before" I can do... so I'm just wondering if there is a way to cheat on this rule a little bit.

    Thanks!

  • #2
    I do believe vodka is on the try it list.
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    • #3
      There is a good article on the home page about alcohol that found among other things that chardonnay was one of the better white wines and vodka, particulary pear were ok, there were a few others. You might want to read it.
      I also think its individual like so much of the diet is. White wine doesn't hurt my bladder at all that I've noticed. I take prelief with it. It makes me pee more because its a diuretic, thats why you get dehydrated when you drink it. I always drink lots of water with it too which helps.
      Cindi


      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: http://www.ic-network.com/diet/2009icdietlist.pdf
      AUA 2011 Guidelines to diagnosing and treating IC overview- http://www.ic-network.com/forum/showthread.php?p=571592
      AUA 2011 Guidelines to diagnosing and treating IC PDF: http://www.auanet.org/content/guidel...ent_ic-bps.pdf
      Great treatment flowchart on page 19 of the pdf

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Linda May View Post
        I do believe vodka is on the try it list.
        Hmmm... perhaps I'm looking at an outdated list? (http://www.ic-network.com/diet/2009icdietlist.pdf)

        The only mention of any alcohol I could find on it was: "alcohol – not only irritating to the bladder but also contraindicated with many IC medications"

        (edit: cmclien - thanks, but is it on www.ic-network.com right now? I must be missing it if so, my search only brought up forum threads, and I can't find it anywhere on the home page or in the research or diet sections.)
        Last edited by Josh85; 02-03-2011, 03:09 PM.

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        • #5
          It was a large survey, its on the front under news and is called, "Wine, beer, spirits and IC survey results", try this link

          http://www.ic-network.com/forum/showthread.php?t=66159
          Cindi


          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: http://www.ic-network.com/diet/2009icdietlist.pdf
          AUA 2011 Guidelines to diagnosing and treating IC overview- http://www.ic-network.com/forum/showthread.php?p=571592
          AUA 2011 Guidelines to diagnosing and treating IC PDF: http://www.auanet.org/content/guidel...ent_ic-bps.pdf
          Great treatment flowchart on page 19 of the pdf

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          • #6
            Ahhh, thanks! Not sure how that didn't pop up in my search, but it looks like a better version of this thread already exists. Sorry for the clutter.

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            • #7
              I wouldn't feel too bad. Threads come up over and over again because people tend to have the same problems over and over again Sometimes its nice to have a newer point of view.
              Cindi


              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: http://www.ic-network.com/diet/2009icdietlist.pdf
              AUA 2011 Guidelines to diagnosing and treating IC overview- http://www.ic-network.com/forum/showthread.php?p=571592
              AUA 2011 Guidelines to diagnosing and treating IC PDF: http://www.auanet.org/content/guidel...ent_ic-bps.pdf
              Great treatment flowchart on page 19 of the pdf

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              • #8
                I can have vodka once in a while. I only tried it after this new article came out. Good luck!
                treatment:
                -I follow the IC diet to the letter
                -acupuncture and chinese herbs
                -Prelief
                -UTA
                -instillations as needed
                -beginning yoga and specialized yoga for breathing and relaxation
                -Wellbutrin
                -Klonopin


                main symptoms: pain and burning

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                • #9
                  I can have a Corona Light.

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                  • #10
                    Gayle, how often can you have a Corona light?
                    treatment:
                    -I follow the IC diet to the letter
                    -acupuncture and chinese herbs
                    -Prelief
                    -UTA
                    -instillations as needed
                    -beginning yoga and specialized yoga for breathing and relaxation
                    -Wellbutrin
                    -Klonopin


                    main symptoms: pain and burning

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                    • #11
                      I do o.k. with an occasional Blue Moon beer. Can't touch any kind of wine.

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                      • #12
                        My bladder hasn't liked the wines I've tried, and my experiment with brandy was awful. But for some reason drinking a Corona doesn't bother me at all.

                        Vicki
                        "The happiest people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything they have."

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                        • #13
                          My guess is the sulphites in the wine. I don't think they have that in beer.

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                          • #14
                            I can have a Corona or Corona light beer any day that I want one. Most of the time I drink the light one. I can drink 2 if I want. My husband thinks I can have it because it is a very watered down beer. To him it has no flavor but it tastes just fine to me. I wouldn't even attempt wine as I know sulfites are a big no for me. I also take 2 prelief before each beer.

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                            • #15
                              I would not touch alcohol for any reason on earth. I have not even had a soda for five years. When we go out socially I order a glass of water and enjoy my company. My mind pictures acid straight into my bladder. Just me but seems so not worth it. Hugs, Ziggy

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