Interstitial Cystitis: Anyone have symptom relief tips?

Posted by januaryjane @januaryjane, May 6, 2020

Ive been diagnosed with IC for awhile and am on Elmiron. It has been helping pretty well. The past few days Ive had a bad flare. I try not to take advil/ibuprofen. Any others out there with IC that have symptom relief tips? Im staying away from the 4 Cs, and other irritants in food, drink. (The 4 Cs being caffeine, carbonated, citrus, vit. C.)

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Has the flare passed now? How are you doing?


The flare has gone down, i took ibuprofen. Its still acts up a little but im not feeling well altogether. So this could be why.


What works for me is to take 5mg of diazepam and 2 Benadryl and sit in a recliner with a pillow under my knees. It will not feel better at all at first. Within an hour you should see a difference. This is what I do for bladder spams. If you have a muscle relax, try taking that. My bladder spasms get so bad that they make my bowel spasm. I feel as if I need to use the bathroom really bad. Is that what you are feeling?

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