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    I went into a Health, Herbal and Vitamin store today. Of course when I got there I forgot everything I had planned on looking for so I asked the lady if she had any idea of what might help. She suggested Corn Silk which comes in capsules and U-Tract (D-Mannose) which you add to water and drink. Has anyone else tried either of these or know anything about them? Any what herbs or vitamins do you use that you think might help with frequency and urgency? Thanks I'm trying to do as much of this on my own as possible but it is very confusing. I don't think many people know much about it.
    Melissa Barham

    currently taking Elmiron 100mg 3x daily
    currently taking Klonipin 1mg as needed for nerves and stress
    currently taking Ditropan XL 10mg (Oxbutynin ER) once a day for ugency and frequency.

    trying Aloe Vera Juice just a little mixed with water


    I am on my 3rd uro. The 1st I went to cause of an UTI it was clear in the culture by the next month, but I was still having issues so he continued me on macordantin (sp.) and urised for about a year and I just seemed to get worse. My 2nd uro said he thought I had an OAB and tried me on meds for that. Everytime I went to him he would dialate my uretha and he also did a hydro (streched my bladder) and supposely removed scar tissue from my bladder and urethea and said my bladder was inflammed. But he said I didn't have enought pain to have IC. I tried many OAB meds and nothing seems to help I was in the bathroom atleast once an hour if not more. I suffered for a while. Now I am on my 3rd uro. The 1st visit we talked and he instantly said I had IC. He checked me and did an ultrasound of my bladder and order a cat scan and put me on Elmiron. I am currently waiting for the results of the cat scan.

    A little about me that doesn't have to do with this is I am a stay at home mother of two kids and I have a very loving and supportive husband.


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    I am on my sixth urologist; actually the urologist I am seeing now is a nurse practioner, whom at least is willing to write a script for what I want to try. I have tried Elavil, attarax, hydroxyzine, pristiq, pyridium, Uribel, Enablex, Ditropan - nothing works.

    I tried Cystoprotek for six months - did nothing. I tried Cystaq and out of everything that has helped at least a little. I take 2 with dinner along with Glucosamine Sulfate. I follow an IC diet and take Prelief (otc) with every meal. In the morning I take a probiotic for vaginal/urinary health. I am in the process of adding Vitamin D3 to see how that helps and will then add Saw Palmetto.

    The man made meds that I have tried have all given me side affects; some worse than others. I have had NO side affects with the natural/herb substances and they offer at least some relief.

    Before I try anything new, I research and research and research to make sure of possible side affect and reactions from other drugs. Cystaq for example should not be take with flouroquinolines which I found at I am very allergic to anyways.

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