Question: I have been suffering from UTI’s for a few years. However, lately I have been told that there is no infection. My pain seems to be worse right before my period.
For example, this passed weekend, I had all the symptoms of a UTI. I purchased AZO standard to hold me off until I could get to the DR on Monday. I did not want to start taking antibiotics again, until I confirmed it was a UTI. This is the second month in a row that getting my period lessened the symptoms and brought some relief.
Now I have the antibiotics in hand, but I want the results from my DR to confirm that it is a UTI. I do not want to take them until I am sure. The Dr suggested if the results of my culture come back negative it could be “interstitial cyctitis”. I do not want to go on daily meds.
My life is extremely stressful, I have a daughter with disabilities.
Can you please suggest some remedies, or lifestyle change
Answer: Hi Lisa -
I’m sorry to hear about your daughter with disabilities. That requires a lot of care from you and added stress.
However, for now, I highly recommend that you consider taking Bladder Ease.
Bladder Ease is highly used in the naturopathic medical community for Interstitial Cystitis. Use as directed on the label - 3 capsules/3 times a day.
Quercetin is indicated in Interstitial cystitis as it helps reduce inflammation. Consider taking 2 capsules 3 times a day for the first few weeks. Then taper down to 3 capsules at any time of day.
Add an essential fatty acid mixture to help reduce inflammation and reduce stress. Ultra EPA/DHA is becoming my most recommended essential fatty acid mixture as it contains the most EPA/DHA per serving so it is quite cost effective
Make sure to take Ultra EPA/DHA with meals.
Attempt to avoid these certain foods: Alcohol, spicy food, chocolate, caffeine, citrus fruits and juices, tomatoes, and carbonated drinks.
Stress definitely increases the severity of Interstitial cystitis.
If sleep is poor: Improved rest is needed to reduce overall stress. The herbal ingredients in Seditol have worked for many patients suffering from insomnia that is difficult to improve.
On going daily stress: I like to suggest having Vitamin B on hand at all times. Total B Sublingual is handy to have as it is small, liquid and cost effective.
Ashwagandha is a tonifying herb which, when taken daily, works very well for reducing stress in a subtle, non-drug like manner. Its effects are noticeable only by others after they see how much more relaxed you are. My wife takes it daily as her schedule is pretty insane with our three young kids.
Consider taking 3 capsules three times a day for the first 2 weeks. Then taper down to 3 capsules at any time of the day - your choice.
You can find a selection of stress relieving products here
I have created a category for Interstitial Cystitis. The recommended products above are found here
If you have taken antibiotics at any point in the last 2 years and have not supplemented with acidophilus, I suggest you consider taking HLC Intensive. Take 2 capsules at dinner time. When the bottle is done, you’re done with it.
If you ever take antibiotics again, take another bottle of HLC Intensive.
While you are on antibiotics, it doesn’t make sense to take acidophilus. However, it is wise to take Saccharomyces boulardii.
Saccharomyces boulardii is a beneficial yeast which antibiotics cannot kill. This helps maintain proper healthy digestive flora during antibiotic use.
With the above suggestions, your pain may cease. I certainly wish you the best.