After my second operation of not finding any endometriosis, I started to doubt my doctor’s skill level. I had experienced every symptom I knew so well for endo. They were so obviously endo! I had a swollen abdomen, pain during sex, general abdominal swelling and soreness and needed to go to the loo really urgently with pain when I didn’t.
I went for another operation with my original specialist just to make sure, but again they found nothing. No sign of endo and it was all dried up. Though this result made me feel heaps better on some level, it also made me think that perhaps they were missing something, I was missing something. I still had the pain I associated with endo…
Then I read something really, really interesting which is really important that you read.
There is a condition called Interstitial Cystitis. It essentially means an inflamed bladder. Once again they have no known reason why the bladder gets inflamed but it is this swelling, or inflammation, that causes very similar symptoms to endometriosis.
An American study looked at 163 women with abdominal pain and found that 76% had just endo, 82% had just Intestitial Cystitis and 66% had both.
Thing is, it is a possible cause of that constant pain we experience in the lower abdominal area.
The medical books and websites all claim there is once again… no cure for this either BUT…
I found a great way to overcome this one. See, the thing is I have had this annoying pain on my left side for ages. It has been there for as long as I can remember. It flares up when I need to hold on to go to the loo or when I don’t drink enough water. It is a dull ache and it is just there. Not bad but just there. It sometimes hurts more at certain times but well, I always feel it in the morning when I am desperate to go to the loo.
Well, I read about this Interstitial Cystitis the other night and wanted to see if there was any truth to it. I have a remedy I use for bladder infections, which I used to get every other week (another symptom of intestinial cystitis). It is called UTI Clear. I have it sitting in the house in case I get one because there is nothing worse than having to wait when you have a bladder infection.
Well, I took the recommended dose on the night that I read this about IC and I couldn’t believe it; the next morning I had NO PAIN. Nothing! My abdominal area was completely flat. No swelling. I wasn’t sore at all and I had that wonderful hollow feeling which I haven’t felt in years! It was amazing!
So, what do you do with this information? Thing is, testing for IC is really nasty. They need to stick a thin stick up… well you know where. Personally, I didn’t see the point, considering they don’t know what causes it or how to cure it. It doesn’t register as an infection because it isn’t an infection. It is simply inflamed.
Here are the symptoms:
– Need to go to the loo more often than every 2 hrs
– When you need to go, you need to go NOW. It gets sore when you don’t.
– Swollen abdominal area
– Pain during sex
– Sore after you’ve been to the loo
– Sore when you wake up in the morning
– Feeling like you haven’t quite got it all out
Things to avoid:
Acidic foods and drinks which are high in acid.
– Citrus fruit and drinks
– Cranberry juice
– Vitamin B6 and Vitamin C
– Acidic herbal teas like Rosehips
– Green Tea
– Tomatoes (very interesting!)
So, my solution was really easy and simple and it has no side effects. UTI Clear. It is cheap and easy to take. You can also get a bladder-maintaining one which would be good for day to day balancing. I specially asked them the difference and the Bladder Well one is better for daily use. If you have a bad case of soreness, maybe use the UTI-Clear first and then get the Bladder Well afterwards.
You can check them out here:Bladder Well by Native Remedies
I was just amazed at how much lighter and better I felt from just this one simple change. It might be all you need to feel better too 🙂
Do you experience these symptoms? Could it all just be IC? REALLY? Is that all it could be? Why not try it? Just try it for one day! I was amazed at how much of a difference it made!
Here is the book recommended in the comments below:
Along the Healing Path : Recovering from Interstitial Cystitis