Can you get interstitial cystitis from getting really drunk??

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So I got really drunk a week ago and have been having symptoms of a UTI but no pain when I wee , and it showed up negative when I went and got my urine tested

But ever since I just have a dull ache in my bladder and keep feeling like I need to wee loads when my bladder isn't completely full??

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    Hi Anna,

    Sorry to hear about your problem.

    I haven't read anywhere that getting drunk is a cause of IC, if it were then I would think that millions of people would be developing it. IC is a chronic condition, i.e. one which lasts for many years, and not something which 'comes and goes'. Although the symptoms can subside over time generally if you have it you have it for life. Also, if you have no pain at all then it doesn't sound like IC.

    I  don't believe there is any attributable cause for IC but it is usually diagnosed by a process of elimination and, ultimately, by cystoscopy etc.

    Hopefully your symptoms will resolve themselves but if not you should consider consulting your doctor

     

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      No I haven't had pain at all just uncomfortableness. But the day after I got drunk I was basically sitting on a cushion all day and just keep feeling like I needed to wee loads. I'm not sure if my bladder may have just got inflamed from the drinking.

      I have a doctoRs appointment later so will find out what they say.

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    I've never heard of anyone getting IC from getting drunk. Could you possibly have a yeast infection? Docs say IC happens when there is too much acid in the body. The bladder can become irritated, at worst can have lesions. That said, they don't exactly know how IC starts and they haven't found a cure. I began symptoms last September. It got so bad one day when my doctor's office was closed that I had to go to the emergency room at my nearby hospital. IC is not an infection, so I'm told so no amount of antibiotics will make it go away. While there are treatments that help some women, they don't help everyone so it's never a case where you go to the doc and get better completely. Anyway, I try to stave off the worst symptoms with a diet that excludes certain acidic foods, keeping to a much more alkaline diet as well as drinking lots of filtered water. I also find that exercise helps, especially Pilates. I am not sure what the dull ache in your bladder is but of it persists I hope your GP gets you over to a urologist who can properly diagnose you. For me, when I get pain, it feels like the worst cramps and hurts when I have to pee. Hurts during and after. It's a freaking pain but I try to do the best I can. And yes, there are times when you do not seem to fully eliminate and the next thing you know, you're running to the bathroom again to go just a tiny bit. This is basically what cystitis is. Well, I hope this isn't what you have but please get it checked out. Best wishes.

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      You should try the daily cranberry tablet too, I suffered with cystitis for decades, on and off. Not had one bout since taking daily cranberry. I never miss a day. 
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    Hi, I had this too! Doc found nothing. I cured it with one cranberry tablet daily!
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      Interesting, as cranberries have a low ph balance which means they are acidic. As much as I love cranberries they are on the list of foods to avoid for those with IC. The idea is to keep to an alkaline diet to help avoid the flare ups too much acidity can cause.

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    Hi Anna,

    It is better to consult your doctor about your problem. 

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