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    Of course we know the old trick of taking a teaspoon of baking soda in water after eating something that can flare us. I've found that for me the baking soda works much better if I take the time to stir it and actually let it dissolve in the water completely before I drink it, not just let it float around suspended in the water. If the water is too cold it won't totally dissolve, either. So taking the time to really stir it in room temperature water seems to be what works the best at neutralizing the urine.

    Also, if there is any left at the bottom of the glass, make sure to dissolve that, too. Because if you drink down a chunk of that stuff, it will likely give you a really bad stomach ache later. I even read that baking soda can give you ulcers. It seems that if I dissolve all of it well, with nothing left behind, my stomach does much better.

    Oh, and one more thing. Sometimes using baking soda water just once doesn't really help my flares. For a bad flare, I sometimes have to drink it twice a day for 2-3 days before I notice improvement.

    Hope those tips help!
    Last edited by musiclover; 01-21-2011, 10:38 AM.
    Update! Feeling much better these days and no longer on any meds!

    Pelvic pain began July 2008. Urinary frequency began in November of 2008. IC Doctor says I'm one of the worst frequency patients he has had.

    Things that helped me the most: IC Diet, Elavil (30mg), Elmiron since June '09 (500mg/day).

    Previously tried and quit: one series of six instillations, Neurontin, Ditropan, Oxytrol, electric stimulation to the pelvic floor, Desert Harvest Aloe, Cystoprotek and Flomax, Hydroxyzine (50mg), Alesse Birth control (this helped my period flares when my symptoms used to be bad), PTNS (I think this helped).

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  • #2
    Thanks

    Thanks for the info. I have been having a lot of bladder pain for about 2 weeks now, worst it's been in a while. They tried increasing my elavil but it did not help, and my doctor recommended 1/4 of a teaspoon of baking soda in an 8 ounce glass of water. They want me to do it 4 times a day throughout this weekend to see if it helps calm down this flare. I hope it does! It's been bad. I have been doing everything they have told me, I just need something to get this under control. It seems like many people have responded to it, so I hope that it helps me so I can get back to work.

    Erin
    24 year old Ph.D student in Organic Chemistry

    Loves to listen to music, play with my animals (cat, fish, 2 hamsters), and live life to the fullest each and every day.

    My blog (just started):

    http://imaginenoworries.blogspot.com/

    Medications:
    Elavil 25mg (helped with nighttime urination-used to be 7 or more times a night, now just once)
    Cymbalta 60mg
    Gabapentin (Neurontin) (3200mg/day)
    Zyrtec 10mg
    Xanax 0.5mg up to 3 times a day(spasms, anxiety)
    Uribel
    Macrobid 100mg (only on days when doing an instill)
    Albuterol
    Yaz Birth Control (3 months on birth control, then period)
    Pelvic floor therapy
    Valium 5 mg (inserted vaginally)
    MScontin 30 mg (3 times a day)
    Percocet 10/325mg (every 6 hours)
    TENS Therapy, CVS machine, 30 minutes once or twice a day
    Sanctura XR 60 mg (to help control severe bladder spasms that are causing urinary retention episodes and enable normal bladder sensations)

    *** 1/4 of a teaspoon of baking soda in an 8 ounce glass of water up to 4 times a day*****

    Instill:

    Currently doing hyaluronic acid instillations (cystistat-6 instillations, once a week, already had 4...not sure if helping)

    Used to do these:

    Solu-Cortef (act-o-vial) 100 mg: 2 mL
    Marcaine (bupivicaine) 0.5 % 25 mL
    20,000 units Heparin
    3 mL sodium bicarbonate

    Diagnoses: Moderate IC, scoliosis, asthma, ovarian cysts, PFD, IBS, Fibromyalgia, vulvodynia, Fowler's syndrome (mild) 'Central Sensitivity Syndrome.'

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    • #3
      Yes I have used baking soda in the past.. just be careful if you have high blood pressure though.. Hope it helps your flare..
      God brought me to it, He will bring me through it!!!

      Diagnosed 2003
      by cysto/hydro
      Elmiron took almost a year- made me sick, caused diarrhea
      Pyridium -Made me sick
      Detrol and Ditropan, Toviaz and Mrrbetriq- caused constipation and head ache.
      Tried DMSO instill- had 5 out of 6
      Started Oxytrol Patch-stopped using them after 3 months-- skin was getting irritated
      Cysto/hydro April 6th 2011-- on expansion only hold one cup
      IBS/ IC
      High blood pressure meds and Crestor
      Metformin (prediabetic)
      Sinequan (depression)

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      • #4
        Great advice on the "how to", appreciate it.
        Cindi


        Gelnique for frequency/urgency - works great
        Macrobid after sex
        Prilosec, continuous birth control pills
        synthroid .088mg, mucinex-d, restasis

        Supplements: Desert Harvest Aloe vera, Cysta-q, prelief, magnesium and calcium, Vit D, flaxseed oil

        Diag Mild IC Jan 11 but have had symptoms for 25 years. Also have GERD, TMJ, IBS-C, chronic dry eye syndrome, hashimotos thyroiditis, non-allergic rhinitis.

        IC Diet Link: http://www.ic-network.com/diet/2009icdietlist.pdf
        AUA 2011 Guidelines to diagnosing and treating IC overview- http://www.ic-network.com/forum/showthread.php?p=571592
        AUA 2011 Guidelines to diagnosing and treating IC PDF: http://www.auanet.org/content/guidel...ent_ic-bps.pdf
        Great treatment flowchart on page 19 of the pdf

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        • #5
          Question

          Is it normal for the baking soda and water to cause intense frequency and urgency? It seems my pain has gotten better, but my frequency and urgency has been through the roof? Has that happened with anyone else?
          24 year old Ph.D student in Organic Chemistry

          Loves to listen to music, play with my animals (cat, fish, 2 hamsters), and live life to the fullest each and every day.

          My blog (just started):

          http://imaginenoworries.blogspot.com/

          Medications:
          Elavil 25mg (helped with nighttime urination-used to be 7 or more times a night, now just once)
          Cymbalta 60mg
          Gabapentin (Neurontin) (3200mg/day)
          Zyrtec 10mg
          Xanax 0.5mg up to 3 times a day(spasms, anxiety)
          Uribel
          Macrobid 100mg (only on days when doing an instill)
          Albuterol
          Yaz Birth Control (3 months on birth control, then period)
          Pelvic floor therapy
          Valium 5 mg (inserted vaginally)
          MScontin 30 mg (3 times a day)
          Percocet 10/325mg (every 6 hours)
          TENS Therapy, CVS machine, 30 minutes once or twice a day
          Sanctura XR 60 mg (to help control severe bladder spasms that are causing urinary retention episodes and enable normal bladder sensations)

          *** 1/4 of a teaspoon of baking soda in an 8 ounce glass of water up to 4 times a day*****

          Instill:

          Currently doing hyaluronic acid instillations (cystistat-6 instillations, once a week, already had 4...not sure if helping)

          Used to do these:

          Solu-Cortef (act-o-vial) 100 mg: 2 mL
          Marcaine (bupivicaine) 0.5 % 25 mL
          20,000 units Heparin
          3 mL sodium bicarbonate

          Diagnoses: Moderate IC, scoliosis, asthma, ovarian cysts, PFD, IBS, Fibromyalgia, vulvodynia, Fowler's syndrome (mild) 'Central Sensitivity Syndrome.'

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