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I was diagnosed with IC/painful bladder syndrome about 5 years ago and there were points where I literally was struggling with every day life.. and although I have no cure and am not necessary saying these things will work for anyone but they have definitely helped me lots.. I don't suffer half as much anymore or when I do I usually know why..
Pointing out the obvious- I drink loads of water! Generally 2-3 litres a day if not more.. i find this helps incredible amounts.. although I'm going to the toilet more it's 90 percent if not 100 percent less painful/discomfort.
I don't drink caffeine at all.. I drink decaf coffee and tea and if I do happen to drink a regular caffeine tea or coffee.. I can garentee that I will be in pain/discomfort later.
Alcohol is definitely a trigger but I'm 21 and I still want to have fun and have a life so when I drink alcohol I drink lots of water throughout the night and the next day to try and counteract it.. but I know if I'm going to drink alcohol then to expect some sort of pain/ discomfort.
Bicarbonate of soda.. I went through a stage of drinking half a teaspoon of this (mixed with a shotful of water) every morning and if in lots of pain again later throughout the day.. I don't know how healthy this is for your body as a whole.. but This helped me lots.. I was suffering a lot less when I was drinking bicarbonate soda even though it doesn't taste very nice!
Food! I honestly have now realised that all my symptoms are generally from what I put in my body.. cranberry a massive NO! Even though it's supposed to help with UTI's for me it made matters so so so much worse.. I tried taking cranberry extract capsules when I read that they might help. I ended up in hospital in an absolute mess because I was in so so much pain! I find chilli, tomato products, fizzy drinks (a lot contain caffeine), juices and squashes trigger my IC. So I try to avoid them.. I also want to quickly say that I am not Vegan/vegetarian and I'm definitely not pushing this on anyone but I watched a documentary about animal products (meat,dairy,eggs etc) and it basically went on about how animal products are so awful for you and said all the science and stuff behind it and it actually changed my whole opinion on food and lifestyle and kind of enlightened me! Anyway I basically went cold turkey vegan for about a month (that's all I lasted lol!) I still ate produced food such as bread, pasta, changed cows milk to coconut milk and still had the odd cheat meal.. but after cutting all animal products out after about 2 weeks all my IC symptoms had completely gone.. it was crazy they had completely gone.. and now I've introduced a little of dairy and meat back into my life my symptoms are coming back.. I now know what triggers my problems and I wish someone had given me some information like this 5 years ago because I honestly was considering having my bladder removed because I couldn't deal with the pain.
I'm not saying that trying any of my methods WILL help you, but they helped me.. and I just want to help other people. I have no will power that's why I stuggle to be vegan even though I know it basically cures me! I just love food! But if your interested in the documentary it's "what the health" and it changed my whole perception on food and helped with my painful bladder symptoms.
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