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    I am new to this site but not new to IC. I was diagnosed roughly 10 years ago by cystoscopy and since that time have been through a number of oral treatments and supplements, naturopathic therapy, etc. I'm afraid my biggest mistake in the last few years was believing I was in remission and with that I've been off my IC diet almost entirely. I thought I was doing fine up to about a week and a half ago when i started having itching/mild pain in my vulva which I dismissed as a flare in a skin condition I have there. Instead this must have been the beginning signs of a flare coming on and I had no idea. To make matters worse, I had an orange and orange juice last Friday at a friend's house. I was feeling light-headed and this is what she offered me. Not wanting to be rude, I thanked her and ate and drank what she gave to me. I've since decided that this and many other food choices I've made over the past few years have been bad ones and I need to go back on my IC diet and get control of this thing once again.

    Problem is this, my pain right now is out of control. Heat/cold packs help, but over-the-counter pain relievers don't work at all and when I went to see my doctor yesterday, I was prescribed an antibiotic, though my urine tests came back negative. All I asked for was a pain reliever (Pyridium) but was told that this drug is no longer commercially available (here in Canada). I am really torn about taking an antibiotic when there is no bacteria present but this was the only option offered to me and I'm really concerned that antibiotic therapy could do me more harm than good. This doctor said he has had some success in treating IC pt's this way in the past but I'm so afraid that taking an antibiotic unnecessarily will only screw up my entire system and continue or worsen my pain. I also have no idea what I can eat that is not going to worsen my pain. I've stuck to millet, rice, fish (sole) and water for the past two days with no improvement.

    Any feedback or support you can offer me would be so much appreciated. Thank you in advance and I wish you well.

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    You will find diet information at the link in my signature lines. It was recently revised and the lists definitely make it easier to plan a menu.

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      to the IC Network...

      Most of us find that our diet choices are very important to how we feel. I shivered when you talked about having an orange and orange juice all on the same day. Just the orange would have done me in. Take a look at the IC Diet. You can also find it in my signature below.

      Drink plenty of water to flush your bladder out so you get rid of the offending urine as soon as possible...But don't drown yourself. I have found that this works very well for me when I overindulge in something that causes problems for me.

      I hope you begin to feel better, soon...

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      IC Volunteers are not medical authorities nor do we offer medical advice. In all cases, we strongly encourage you to discuss your medical treatment with your personal medical care provider. Only they can, and should, give medical recommendations to you.


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        Thank you!

        Dear Donna and Sharon,
        Thank you both for your advice. I printed the ICN's up-to-date diet and have been going through it. I will stick much more closely to it from now on! Lesson learned, unfortunately the hard way. I hope this message finds you both well and thank you again for your kind words!