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    I just started taking Atarax last Thursday and I think it may be helping although I guess it's too soon to tell. I am also avoiding a lot of the IC food triggers but have still caved in and had espresso and milk with some Prelief. Today I tried drinking a Dr. Pepper with Prelief and it seems to bother me more than my milk and espresso. I've had no more problems with seeing stars but have not been using the Atarax every single night since I also have to take Ambien in order to sleep. Atarax alone does not make me very sleepy but when mixed with the Ambien (pharmacist said it was okay to take a few hours later) then I end up with a lot of next day grogginess. Maybe this is due to the cut back in coffee too? Also some nights when my muscles ache badly I have to take Ativan instead. So it looks like I will be taking the Atarax maybe a few nights a week and having to juggle it with my other meds. I will be sure to update all of you! Charisse
    The combo of things that brought me out of remission were artificial sweetners, liquid vitamins with citric acid, tight pants, lower body workouts and stopping all my allergy meds cold turkey during height of allergy season. I wish I knew back then what I know now about IC
    First IC symptoms Spring of 2000; In-office cystoscopy 2002 -negative; Remission until 2007 (yeah!!); Negative PST spring of 2007; IC diagnosed via Cystoscopy and Hydrodistention 7/24/07; Another In-office cystoscopy 4/9/10 with biopsy showed inflammation
    Treatments for my IC/PFD: Elmiron 400 mg per day; walking, Zyrtec, Claritin, Singulair, Neurontin 100 mg per day; Ice packs and laying down; About to try Cytotec
    Tried and Failed: Heat (always makes me worse!), Heparin instills -too painful for my urethra; Atarax (interfered with my quality of sleep first time, second time dried my bladder out; Elavil makes me sick, lidocaine patches (just plain don't work), Cystoprotek (only tried a couple months but didn't seem to do much), Aloe Vera caps, pelvic floor therapy, trigger point work flared me worse, Lyrica (bad stomach pain)
    Other Diagnoses: PFD 2009; Fibromyalgia 2006, Osteopenia 2012, GERD 2006, Gastroparesis (delayed gastric emptying) Anxiety: Other medications: Ambien, Dexilant, Ibuprofren, Necon 1/35, Voltaren gel for tailbone
    BABY GIRL 10/28/08 *** BABY BOY 7/8/11