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    I recently had a baby. My IC was flared before the birth and then I was completely symptom free for 3 days following the birth. Once I began exercising again (walks) my IC flared again big time.

    Is exercise bad? Is it due to tightening up my pelvic floor again? I noticed Kegels made my IC much worse in the past.

    I enjoy walks and am very sad that I can't even do that now. advice?

  • #2
    Have you been to a pelvic floor PT? Even though you had a baby recently, you don't want to be doing kegels with a tight pelvic floor and IC. Believe me, I learned that lesson the hard way! It's not bad to exercise if it doesn't hurt. You have to go at the pace your body can tolerate. If you can't get to a qualified PT, try some of the stretches from Heal Pelvic Pain or a similar book.
    34 years old, bladder symptoms all my life
    diagnosed with PFD and VV October 2009; IC May 2010

    Current meds:
    Cystoprotek 2 pills twice a day, Hydroxyzine 10 mg, Gabapentin 600 mg, Myrbetriq 25mg, Zoloft 25 mg, Mircrogestin, capsaicin cream (for vulva)
    Other past treatments:
    IC diet, physical therapy, Traumeel injections as needed, TENS unit, heating pad, instills with sodium bicarb, lidocaine, and mucosa compositum
    Tried and didn't work:
    Pyridium, Singlair, Nortriptyline, Elmiron, lidocaine and heparin instills (worked at first, then didn't anymore), various creams, acupuncture


    • #3
      Certain exercises definately send me into a flare. I did kickboxing yesterday and suffered until last night. My symptoms started a few months after childbirth. I was breastfeeding and started a crazy workout plan. p90x
      I don't know if it's hormone related or from pushing my body too hard, but it all started then. Now, I find if I do low impact exercises like yoga, walking, stationary weight lifting, or elliptical I feel ok.
      If you have pelvic floor dysfunction you definately want to be careful. Anything too strenuous can really irritate the pelvic floor. One thing my PFT has said is extremely important is stretching. Tight hamstrings, or abdominal muscles really aggravate the pelvic floor. I do lots of hip openers, hamstring stretches and abdominal stretching( up dog, cobra..)
      Current Medications: Neurontin, Tramadol, Low dose continuous birth control, valium as needed

      Tried and failed: Prozac, Lexapro (flared me?), Ditropan(retention), gelnique(may try again), cymbalta, tofranil, elavil, almost every antibiotic

      Not sure helped: Pelvic floor therapy, cymbalta (may have caused retention..afraid of discontinuation)

      I have not been officially diagnosed IC. I also have SI joint pain, lumbar disc degeneration, anxiety and lots of stress. Hoping to figure things out some day soon so I can live a fulfilled life with my awesome family.


      • #4
        I can't even overdo housework without causing a flare. Strenuous exercise is totally not doable for me.