TMI Argh

The problem with having a chronic illness go into remission is that you have a tendency to forget what it’s like when it’s here. I’m assuming that’s a defense mechanism of the body – which sort of makes sense. I think I read somewhere that the body cannot actually remember pain. I mean, you can remember feeling it, but when you remember it, your body doesn’t flare up where you stubbed your toe.

(And things like Phantom pain aren’t really in the same category.)

Anyway, I’ve started the beginnings of an IC flareup. Noticed something was off the other night. I wouldn’t call it a bladder spasm, exactly, but I knew when I hit the bathroom before going to bed that something wasn’t right.

I have a tendency to try to pretend it’s not happening – and maybe that works for a day or so (and sometimes I’m lucky and it *does* just go away), but after 10 years of suffering, I know the signs.And today I’m at work, trying not to run to the bathroom every 2 minutes to empty a bladder that has nothing in it. (Yeah, 24-hour urge. It’s awesome). And then I run through everything I’ve had to eat or drink in the last few days, trying to figure out what might have set it off. And the only thing I can come up with is this new multi-vitamin I started taking on Saturday. Sunday night I remember feeling a little funky – and definitely last night, and definitely today.

I stopped taking the vitamin, obviously, and I’m hoping since I only took it for 3 days it will flush out in about the same amount of time. The ingredients seem pretty standard – except for the citrus bioflavonoids. Acids can definitely set me off, so depending on the concentration, I suppose that could be it. (Of course, I’ve never had grapeseed or horsetail extract either, so who knows?)

In the meantime, guess I’ll just try to distract myself via work. I’d rather not be housebound if I can help it, but there are definitely some bad moments where it’s just easier to plant myself in the bathroom for a few hours.

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7 Responses to TMI Argh

  1. Kelly B says:

    Hope you feel better soon.  I am not familiar with this, is it like UTI?  If so when that happens to me I get an over the counter medication called Azo Standard and it takes the "urge" away.  I don't know if that will help or not. 

  2. mynfel says:

    Heh. No – it's not a UTI. It's a disease of the bladder for which there is no cure. Whee. Best they can tell, the lining of the bladder is disintigrating – I have Hunner's ulcers lining the walls – so basically certain foods can irritate it – acids, alcohol, etc. (And blood will show up in the urine as well, although not usually to the naked eye – usually freaks out the docs if they aren't aware of the condition tho)

    I usually know what my limites are – i.e. if I drink like 3 sodas, I'm going to be a mess, but sometimes certain chemicals really set it off too, and I'm not always sure what those are.

  3. Danica says:

    Allison, that's terrible! I'm sorry you're dealing with this. I can't take vitamins. I've tried, but they either make me feel sick to my stomach, jittery, or flat out funky. I've just accepted it and don't take anything now.

  4. KAK says:

    Just be glad I didn't find the bacon version of these…

  5. mynfel says:

    Bwah! You are now officialy part of my posse. In case you were wondering.

    I dub thee, Procurer of Hello Kitty things. And bacon. And win.

  6. mynfel says:

    Well, I think I caught the cause of this latest one pretty quick, so hopefully by tomorrow I'll start feeling a bit better.

  7. Danica says:

    For a moment there, before I got a good look at the picture, I thought they were bacon pampers.

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