From Urinary Track Infections to Interstitial Cystitis
Regardless, my doctor continued to prescribe me antibiotics and the bright orange pain reliever, as I’d convinced her I had an infection….
I started to feel super frustrated. My bladder pain was flaring up quite frequently and I was just miserable. I didn’t think anything could be worse than pain from endometriosis, but I must say that I believe bladder pain to be just as bad, if not worse. If this wasn’t a UTI then what?
Ironically, one of my co-workers was going through the same thing and mentioned Interstitial Cystitis (IC) to me. (She was doing the whole get diagnosed bit through expensive specialist appointments, while I confronted Dr. Google, LOL.)
Interstitial Cystitis and Endometriosis
I found when I followed the diet I did feel better, however it was very difficult to follow, especially with the restrictions I had already in place on my diet for endometriosis (no gluten, dairy, soy, caffeine, etc).
I’ve read different studies about the causes of IC and a lot points to the PH levels in our bodies (too much acidity leads to pain). I also learned that Candida (very common in women with endometriosis) can trigger bladder pain. I believe that it is also tied to hormones, estrogen in particular. Once I addressed these issues, I find that I no longer have to follow the IC diet.
Bladder Pain Relief Please!
This past week, I woke up with that all too familiar pain in my bladder. Oh no….
But this time I did not run to call the doctor to get on more antibiotics, because I know better now. Antibiotics are not the first option anymore. I know now the damage that antibiotics do to my body — including killing off the good bacteria in the gut that I very much need.
Luckily, my years of suffering with what I believed to be IC have granted me with a tool box of options for natural bladder pain relief (all of which I had on hand)…
1.) D-Mannose –
D-Mannose is a pure natural stereo isomer of glucose and is found naturally in fruits such as cranberries, apples, peaches, and blueberries. D-Mannose is processed and eliminated quickly from the body (definite bonus when the bladder is a burning!)
D-Mannose allows bad bacteria to be flushed out in the urine. It provides a barrier of sorts between Escherichia coli (a bacteria found in 90% of UTIs) and the bladder wall so that the bacteria does not stick to the bladder. It is said to cure UTIs in two to three days.
I find that it quickly helps me any time I have bladder pain. When my bladder pain was more frequent, I took D-Mannose everyday as a preventative action, increasing my dosage when I had more pain (usually prior to ovulation and my period).
2.) Probiotics –
Instead of turning to antibiotics like I did in the past, I took a probiotic for my bladder pain. I take a probiotic everyday, but increased my dosage with my bladder pain symptoms — more good bacteria warriors to ward off those causing my bladder pain (Candida perhaps?)
4.) Peppermint Tea –
5.) Maca Root -
When I took Maca consistently, my bladder pain pretty much stopped.
I should mention, that Maca is not for everyone – some endo gals report it causing more hormonal havoc. I LOVE it, but Just FYI
On the Positive Side?
When my bladder pain flared this past week I took all five options above and my pain was substantially decreased within a half an hour and gone within a couple of hours.
This is awesome, considering I used to take a full five days of antibiotics from the doctor and whatever weird pain killer that made me pee bright orange.
I used to worry a lot about having a bladder flare up. There was a time when it took over my world. But not today. With my natural remedies in hand, I save myself a trip to the doctor and find relief much quicker — and naturally