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    After reading about calcium citrate on this website, I tried taking it with coffee. It seemed to work for about three days -- I did not experience the vulvodynia that usually comes with coffee. But, after the three days, things went back to normal and the calcium citrate seems to have no effect. I 've chalked the initial improvement up to the placebo effect, but is there another explanation? Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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    I just got some

    I just got some to see if it would help me. I thought it was just for the vulva problems, but I thought I would try anyway to negate oxalic acid. The one blog I read on another forum said the person took a max dose with every meal and also went on a low oxalate diet. Even on my limited diet at the moment I feel like crap compared to when I eat more varied things. Don't know why. I'll have to give this a try for a week. I'm so frustrated. Part of it is my fault because I just prefer not to take drugs and I never really give them a chance to work.
    I got IC in 1970! I was not diagnosed until 1991. I've tried many drugs and therapies but I tend to only resort to drugs when in a flare because when I am not in a flare (from being good on diet), I suffer only from small bladder volume (like about 7 ozs.) and peeing will relieve the discomfort. When I am feeling relatively normal, I say to myself I am glad I am not on a drug. When I am in a flare, I say, why am I not on a drug! I've recently have been trying to solve my connective issue problems in general. I look to diet and herbs mostly unless it gets really bad. I still think there is great hope for each individual finding a path to healing and there are many.

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      The calcium citrate without vitamin D has worked wonderfully for me. I do have to take magnesium with it to prevent constipation. I started out following the low oxalate diet after I kept having severe flares after eating sweet potatoes and raw spinach salads. It helped a lot, so I added the calcium citrate and am doing fine as long as I don't forget to change my Climara patch. My IC problems started during menopause. Once I started the patches it helped some. I do take vitamin D at bedtime or later. I adjust my dose of calcium citrate according to how much oxalates I am having. There are several diets out there that are different. The best one I found was from another member, ezerfas. The IC diet didn't work for me. I don't have any problems drinking coffee or eating acidic foods that don't have oxalates. I'm sure some people will probably need to follow both diets. Just as some people will be fine with the IC diet only or the low oxalate diet only. I thought I had a gluten problem until I saw the oxalate count in grains. I wish everyone pain free days!

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        beware of too much calcium

        Unfortunately coffee does bother me, but I am going to try the low oxalic diet for awhile with calcium citrate. I follow another blog on osteoporosis and have learned a great deal about too much calcium however. Magnesium is important but so is Vit k2 (mk-4 version to avoid over stimulation of mk-7). Anyone taking calcium supplements should be aware of the potential for it to build up plaque in your arteries. There is a lot of good discussion about this on inspire.com (National Osteoporis site).
        I got IC in 1970! I was not diagnosed until 1991. I've tried many drugs and therapies but I tend to only resort to drugs when in a flare because when I am not in a flare (from being good on diet), I suffer only from small bladder volume (like about 7 ozs.) and peeing will relieve the discomfort. When I am feeling relatively normal, I say to myself I am glad I am not on a drug. When I am in a flare, I say, why am I not on a drug! I've recently have been trying to solve my connective issue problems in general. I look to diet and herbs mostly unless it gets really bad. I still think there is great hope for each individual finding a path to healing and there are many.

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