Interstitial Cystitis is a condition we commonly treat in our office; symptoms include painful urination, bladder pressure, urinary frequency, urgency, and pelvic pain. The disease can have mild symptoms that are annoying and mildly troublesome or they can be far more disruptive sending a woman running to the bathroom twenty times a day or more. The pain from Interstitial Cystitis is sometimes described as feeling like you have a bladder infection all the time.
We treat Interstitial Cystitis through medication, bladder instillations/treatments, and Tibial Nerve Therapy. We also encourage women who have Interstitial Cystitis to follow the IC Diet; this diet essentially eliminates troublesome foods that irritate the bladder. Some of the worst offenders are coffee, alcohol, citrus fruits, sugar-free sweeteners, carbonated beverages, spicy foods, caffeinated foods, caffeinated beverages, soda, and chocolate.
It can be really hard to make your shopping list focusing on foods that you can’t have. Instead, try focusing on foods that may help heal your bladder. Some of these foods are eggs, poultry, fish, milk, apples, pears, watermelon, blueberries, almonds, nut butters, veggies, and a variety of spices.
For a complete list of foods that are healing, neutral, or problematic, visit www.ichelp.org.