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  • Drinking Lemon Juice?

    I had a naturopath tell me to squeeze 10 lemons and drink it about seven or eight years ago when I first got this dreadful disease. I thought he was a quack and felt that would light my bladder on fire so I never did it. Long story short, I read about lemon juice & olive oil for cleansing the liver to get rid of endometriosis. I know it is really out there but I am desperate. So, I tried it and waited for the intense bladder pain to come. To my surprise, there was none! Actually, my bladder has been great ever since I did it and I have stopped taking Elmiron to boot! I drank the juice from ten squeezed lemons and a 1/2 cup of olive oil mixed together! just wondering if anyone had any thoughts on this. -Vicki
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    Current Meds.
    Vivelle Dot: .10 changed every 72 hours
    Compoounded Progesterone 25mg/night

    Current Supplements
    Hydroeye: 2 pills AM

    1995: Endometriosis
    1998: Interstitial Cystitis
    2006: Bladder Endometriosis, Total Hysterectomy and Bowel Re-Section
    2008: Removal of Ovarian Remnant and Endometrial Cyst That was Obstructing Ureter
    2012: Laparoscopic Removal of Adhesions and Staples

  • #2
    WOW! I would be in so much pain! I had a lemon flavored jelly bean on Staurday (just one darn jelly bean) and I paid for it with pain, burning, and frequency! That just goes to show that everyone with IC responds differently to food.
    Very Strange!
    IC; PFD; possible Fibromyalgia; IBS;

    Symptoms: Frequency, Urgency, pelvic and bladder pain, bladder and pelvic spasms, difficulty starting urination, weak stream, incontinence, vaginal and urethral pain

    I've Tried:
    three Hydrodistentions, various Rescue Installments; 6 DSMO treatments; Pyridium Plus; Proced; Detrol (patch); Elavil; Uricet K; Elmiron; Nortiptyline; Ultram; Allegra; Ditropan; Ditropan ER; Vesicare; regular Lidocain; Neurontin; Lyrica; and few more I can't remember!
    Currently using:
    Valium; Vicadin; Proced DS; Claritin; Buffered Lidocain; Cymbalta; Baclofen; Prazosin @ night (also on Prednisone and Adderall for my joint pain and severe fatigue)
    Heating pads; frozen water bottles; A&D ointment; Poise pads; IC dieter since 8/06; yoga; imagery & relaxation CD, Mindfullness, self healing CD's; hot baths; seat cushion; prayer
    I am 28 yrs old, dx'ed in '06, still trying to get my health undercontrol!!


    • #3
      All the URO's i've seen have suggested drinking fresh squeezed lemon juice daily; I make mine into lemonade using bottled water and turbinado sugar. I find it soothes my bladder so this is a normal daily routine for me--has been for 2.5 yrs now.

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      • #4

        are you guys kidding me??? I would be terrified to try it! You are brave. Hmmm... maybe I will try it but I'm scared. Thanks for the advice, when I get up the courage I'll try it.
        Lee Ann
        Current Rx Meds:
        Atarax, Ditropan, Elmiron
        Prior to pregnancy: The above 3 meds PLUS Neurontin, Topamax, Loratadine, continuous OrthoCyclen, Lidocaine Patches PRN, Temazepam PRN, & Vicodin PRN
        Hooray for babies!
        Misc. lifesavers: Hot baths, ThermaCare Heat Wraps, Ice Packs. The IC Diet has changed my life.
        Didn't work for me:
        Detrol LA, Amitryptiline, Morphine, Percocet, TENS unit, Interferential Pain Stimulator Unit, Hypogastric Plexus Nerve Block
        IC (Mod-Severe) since 1996

        UPDATE: 5/21/08 Pregnancy and breastfeeding afterwards have alleviated my IC symptoms more than anything, EVER. Most days are 100% pain free & I now have normal frequency (as long as I take these 3 meds).

        My little sweetie! Jack weighed 9 lbs 12 oz and was born via c-section on Feb. 28, 2008...


        • #5
          When I was diagnosed 32 years ago, not much (if any) thought had been given to a diet connection, but it didn't take me long to learn that certain foods and drinks caused me intense pain. Lemons were one of the very first things I identified as being a huge problem for me. I don't even put lemon juice on fish!

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          • #6
            Oh my goodness! There are times that I am in a restaurant and ask for water with NO LEMON! When the waiter brings me my drink, there the lemon is sitting on the edge of the glass. I explain to them that I am allergic to lemons and please bring me a fresh glass. There have been several times that they have just taken the lemon off and bring it back. I rub my finger around the lip of the glass and taste it. If I taste lemon, I politely tell the waiter that I realize that he is busy, but he didn't do as I asked. Lemon is the number 1 worst thing that I could put in my body. It have to check the ingredients on everything to make sure that there is not any citris in anything I am eating.

            I am glad that it worked for you, but it would be like adding lighter fluid on fire for me!


            • #7
              If that didn't sound so painful I'd love to give it a try. I love lemonade--that and a really chewy yummy brownie, they just taste so good together. So if the lemonade is soothing do you think I could get away with eating the brownie??


              • #8
                Oh my gosh, I envy you for being able to drink lemonade! That was one of the first and most important things my Uro told me to avoid. Just the thought of drinking Lemon juice makes my bladder hurt! But good for you for being able to tolerate it.
                Tracey, I go through the same thing all the time. Every restaurant I go to, I ask for water with NO lemon and they always bring it to me with a lemon, I get so frustrated.


                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!


                • #9
                  Yes I heard that lemons were good for things, big mistake for me. My bladder and esophagus went into fits.

                  No lemons for me, but if it works for you good luck and I hope it continue to do so.

                  Sending hugs, Trishann


                  • #10
                    Like lemons

                    Yeah, I like lemons also and drink lemonade from the lemons on the tree in my backyard. They dont seem to effect me at all. Neither do home grown tomatoes. I ate a lot of them last summer from my son in laws garden. Store bought tomatoes do bother me some.


                    Meds: Melatonin 3mg @ bedtime if needed. Estrogen 1.5 mg troche and 0.1 mg Estrace cream.
                    Diagnosis: IC, PFD (both in remission)


                    • #11
                      My uro did tell me to that home grown tomatoes are usually ok because they are less acidity. In the summer, a good BLT. I had a couple less summer, didn't seem any worse.


                      • #12
                        My uro told me the same thing about home grown tomatoes. I have had a few and not feel any pain. I make sure that I have taken my prelief though!

                        Kari, my mother in law fixed lemon pie for dessert for Easter. When I wouldn't eat it (not that I am a fan of Lemon pie anyway) she said it didn't have real lemons in it. I told her that it still had the lemon flavoring. She played dumb and said that she thought it was just the actual lemon. We were over there yesterday and when we were about to go home so I could cook dinner, she said that she could order some pizza. I just turned and left the room. My hubby again had to explain to her that I can't have pizza either.


                        • #13
                          When lemons get into the body they turn into a base rather than acidic. So even though they may seem like the most acidic food out there, they only are externally. I'm sure some people are still triggered by them, but I think that it is worth a try. I used to eat lemons and drink plain lemon juice for years, and I didn't have any bladder trouble. I don't know if there was any type of a connection, but I'm certainly willing to give it a try.

                          Also, there are different types of lemons, and there is a type that is more like an orange and isn't sour, it's more sweet. Maybe that would be a good option.


                          • #14
                            I read or heard that strangely enough lemon juice actaully turns alkaline in the bladder and that is why it might actaully help with the pain.


                            • #15
                              I haven't had the luck with lemons, but I can tolerate Clementine tangerines. As long as I don't eat too many.