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  • Gatorade/Powerade?

    I've been off of the IC diet for years, but it's time for me to get back on it. I'm heavily caffeine addicted so this will be my major challenge, but I'd rather a bad caffeine headache than bladder pain Anyway, I know that I can drink (and really like) blueberry juice from Trader Joes, but it's so pricey! Like $6.99 for a small bottle.

    I'm curious about Gatorade and Powerade. I just went through the McDonalds drive-thru with my son and was dying for something to drink besides water, so I got a blue Powerade. I'm feeling "okay" today, so I was willing to try it. So far I feel fine, but I think it takes a couple of hours for me to feel stuff like this. I would love to find something that I can drink while I'm out and about besides water (I don't drink milk...lactose allergy)

    Diagnosed with IC in 2004 at the age of 19
    12 weeks of instillations (don't remember what)
    Remission from late 2005 until August 2011.
    Married in 2005 - Our son was born in 2008!

    IC acting back up after a severe UTI in June followed by another mild UTI in August.

    Current Treatment
    ~IC diet - not strict, but avoiding most things including my beloved soy chai lattes. Drinking only water and blueberry juice. No tomatoes or anything spicey.
    ~1/2-1mg Ativan per day - has been the only thing to help! Praying that my doctor will let me continue with it
    ~25mg Doxipen
    ~Azo as needed (don't really notice a difference)

    IC symptoms get progressively worse throughout the day. Sleep and constant distraction are my only refuge!

  • #2
    Some ICers can tolerate Gatorade if they stick with the blue ones. I used to drink it with no problem, but don't really like the taste so I gave it up. I'm not familiar with Powerade.

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    • #3
      I can't drink any Powerade or Gatorade. Makes me pee constantly. However, I can drink grape juice I found. Go figure. If you had one and it didn't affect you, maybe you should try the exact same one and see what happens. Then you'll know your safe. I totally understand not wanting water!

      Diagnosed: 2011 - have had symptoms for over 20 years. Diagnoses so far: Overactive Bladder, then IC, and now Myofacial Pelvic Pain Syndrome.

      Medicines: For IC am doing PT, and will be taking Gabapentin, Ativan, Tramadol and Ambien. Ice packs and drinking vanilla shakes help. Foods that cause a flare, tomatoes, yogurt, coffee, soda, all sports drinks, and most teas. Take Verapamil, Naproxen (as needed), Omeprazole, Frova (as needed) and receive Botox shots(every three months) for migraines. For allergies I use Claritin and Flonase. (Feel free to ask me any questions about meds.)

      Other conditions: Migraines, allergies, mild IBS.

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