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    I am newly diagnosed and I am wondering if most folks use Prelief daily or only as needed? I am 44 and figure that I can use the extra calcium anyway, so I am going to try prelief. Does anyone know how much calcium supplement is normally recommended on a daily basis? I see that the prelief bottle says to take 6 tablets a day - is this equivalent to what is normally recommended as a calcium supplement? Thanks for any info...linda
    Sudden onset of UTI like symtoms on Dec 27, 2006.
    Diagnosed with IC on March 12, 2007.
    Current Meds: 50mg Elavil
    "Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle" author unknown

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    HI I only take Prelief if I'm eating something I'm not quite sure will bother my IC or not. I keep a extra bottle in my purse so when we go out to eat I'll have some available. I doesn't say on the Relief bottle how much calcium is even in it.....so I wouldn't rely on it giving you much calcuim. I just read that "The National Institute of Health recommends that, in addition to a healthy diet, adult women have a daily supplemental calcium intake of 1000 to 1200 mg before menopause and 1300 to 1500 mg after menopause."
    Reg. calcuim supplements bother my bladder so I talked to my dr. about it and he recommeded "Calcium soft chews" and they don't bother my bladder at all. They provide 500mg of Calcium......so I take 2 a day. Hope this helps.....Roxie

    Double Spinal Cord Stimulator surgery 8/09
    Unsuccessful MiniArc sling surgery 12/07
    Dx'd Hypothyroid
    Dx'd Chronic Axonal Neuropathy & Myopathy
    June 2007
    Dx'd IC May 2006 (after suffering for 25+ yrs!)
    First Cysto 1979
    First Hydro 1981 (Many treatments since then!)
    Collagin"Durasphere" injections for urethra
    Gall bladder surgery Aug. 2004
    Gastric Bypass Dec. 2004
    Dx'd: Barrett's Esphogus July 2004
    Dx'd: Vaginal Atrophy 2005
    Bladder surgery 2000
    Dx'd: IBS 2000
    Hysterectomy (fibroids) 1999
    Laminectomy 1989
    Dx'd: Degerative Disk Disorder 1989

    For IC I use Elmiron, Elavil and Freeze dried Aloe Vera (it works likes Elmiron, but naturally)and Azo as needed. I also take Zegerid, Randitine for Barrett's Esophagus. (which causes me to have constant yeast infections!)I take Cymbalta for Neuopathy/Myopathy pain. I use the Climara patch for menopause symptoms. I'm on a very strict diet because of the IC, IBS and Gastric Bypass. I take Primal Defense Probiotics and whole food Iron.
    I no longer have the awful urethral pain! I've been using MSM gel now for 4 mo. and haven't had a flare up or the urethra pain.....it's amazing stuff!!:woohoo:

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    • #3
      Two prelief tablets have 130 mg. of calcium -- that's what it says on my bottle; that labeling is required by law. I usually need four or five tablets with food to avoid any reactions, even with foods that are supposed to be IC safe, I take the prelief. And I need to take it with one of my meds, otherwise I get an acid stomach. So I probably take at least 15 tablets a day, so that would give me 965 mg. of calcium. I also get calcium from dietary sources. The calcium in prelief is supposed to be easily absorbed by the body. That's a problem with a lot of calcium supplements. I am almost 41 and I worry about calcium too.

      The cost of prelief is much lower if you buy it online. I get mine through Amazon. I order several bottles at once to save on shipping costs. The shelf life is pretty long.
      Je vous souhaite de la joie, de la bonne santée, et tout ce qu'il y a de bon dans la vie.
      Wishing you happiness and good health, and all the best out of life.

      Peace, Carolyn
      ___________________________________________________

      Laura (11), Susannah (12 1/2) and Maman (that's me!), North Wildwood NJ, September 2007


      On the Beach with IC

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      • #4
        Don't forget to take vitamin "D" as it is important to getting the calcium into our bodies. I have been a real coward as to taking vitamins. In fact I seem to fear most every thing one eats. I so remember what I was like at the begining and I'm doing well now. For my own good I need to get over it as calcium is most important for our bones. I'm in my 60's and can remember my Gram at this age. Bent over with a hump on her back and suffering much pain. We can avoid many of our Grand parents health problems today. We have come a long way, now I Pray for some real help for IC. Thanks Roxie. I will try the soft chews. Ziggy

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        • #5
          Oh yes, I take a vitamin D supplement also. I take it at the same time as the 'heartburn pill' so I do take prelief with it. They say you should take calcium and vitamin D at the same time... something to do with the absorption?
          Je vous souhaite de la joie, de la bonne santée, et tout ce qu'il y a de bon dans la vie.
          Wishing you happiness and good health, and all the best out of life.

          Peace, Carolyn
          ___________________________________________________

          Laura (11), Susannah (12 1/2) and Maman (that's me!), North Wildwood NJ, September 2007


          On the Beach with IC

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          • #6
            If you don't have enough Vitamin D, you can't absorb Calcium optimally.
            [SIZE="1"][B]Be well, Alyssa :hi:[/B]

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