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  • For some reason, antibiotics seem to help.

    In the past year, when I've had really bad pain, even blood, it doesn't show an infection. But when I take antibiotics for 2-3 days, the pain almost gies away. I read an article in a Urology website that said some research is showing that 40+% of cases improve with antibiotics and they can't figure out why. Do they improve the pain of flares for anyone else?

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    Antibiotics have anti-inflammatory qualities, which is one reason they can help temporarily while they fight infections.

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      I have not yet been diagnosed with IC, but it seems to be the only thing left. But antibiotics work wonders for me. I am 97% better when I am on them. Once I am off them I am back to the regular burning feeling in my urethra that is unbearable and happens about twice a day for about an hour. I know I can't stay on antibiotics forever but if it helps this much then I don't know what else to do.

      Everyone says a lot about how the anti-inflammatory aspect of antibiotics is what might be working so I am going to look for an anti-inflammatory supplement to see if that helps.