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06-23-2004, 05:28 AM
I've found over the years that I've been dealing with IC that drinking ginger ale helps whenever I feel a flare up coming on. In the worst of it all, ginger ale helped me tremendously and it has proven itself tome, so I hope that it may help others as well!
06-23-2004, 06:41 AM
interesting...I wonder why that is
06-23-2004, 06:49 AM
Eek - some people are worsened by that - ICN Jill told a story of a woman in horrible pain all the time from IC, nothing helped and it turned out she was drinking a dozen ginger ale sodas a day, constant acid bath for the bladder....
P.S. but I'm glad it works for you!
I'm glad you have something that gives you comfort!
06-24-2004, 03:20 AM
Ginger ale is an irritant for most ICers. I can't tolerate anything that is carbonated. If it fizzes, I just don't drink it.
I'm glad it works for you, however.
06-24-2004, 04:44 AM
I can't say I have IC yet, looking into it though. Seems like a huge possibility that I do, gotta wait a month to see the uro though. But recently I have been drinking Gingerale, because someone suggested it to me for nausea that a birth control pill is giving me. But then I noticed to gave me horrid pelvic pain. I'm tempted to drink it right now though because the nausea is soo bad!!! Anyone know anything else for nausea?
06-24-2004, 05:00 AM
Argh, tommygal, don't drink the ginger ale, put down the ginger ale and back away LOL! :yikes:
For nausea, a better way to get even more ginger into your system is buying and taking ginger capsules. I use those for nausea often, when I am going on car rides etc. I usually take two capsules but you will find your own best dose.
BUT - it MAY make your IC worse. Some IC'ers find that all spices make them flare like mad. So you will have to kind of experiment to see if it makes you worse, too. For me, I can tolerate ginger for some reason (but not ginger ale soda, no way!) but I think many IC'ers have real problems with ginger so be careful. One way to experiment without buying the ginger capsules is to just make some food, like maybe some rice, and put loads of ginger on it and eat it. If it seems to increase your pain/frequency/urgency don't take it anymore.
Another good medicine for nausea is, believe it or not, antihistamines. Many IC docs prescribe Atarax which is a good antihistamine which is thought to help the bladder. It does help many IC'ers, it makes their bladder better.
So if you chose antihistamines for nausea control, you might be helping your bladder get better as well as helping to control nausea. The only down side is that antihistamines can make you drowsy especially when you first start taking them and aren't used to them yet. But drowsy is better than sick to your stomach IMO.
Hope you feel better soon!
P.S. Edited to add, some of us are sensitive to the dyes used in antihistamines so if you are buying benadryl in the drugstore, try to find the one that is dye free because that should be easier on your bladder.
06-24-2004, 06:05 AM
You might also try some of the over the counter remedies for motion sickness. I have taken meclizine for the nausea that goes with vertigo and it was very effective. You'll want to discuss this with your doctor. Mine is the one who recommended the meclizine.
06-24-2004, 07:12 AM
Yeah I actually thought of it there were ginger pills when someone sugessted the gingerale, because I knew it would be bad for the IC. Not sure how soon I can get some, we live quite aways from anywhere :P But I'll look into it. Antihistemines...don't think those will help. I'm like immuned to them I have had so many! And many of them I have had allergic reactions to too :S Plus a lot of them, just make you drownsy and don't help at all :P Don't know how soon I will get a chance to talk to a doctor, the PA of the gyn. who did my lap is suppose to call me tiday, but a lot of times when they say they will give a messege for the doc to call, it never happens! But I'll look into either ginger or something over-cthe-counter. Thanks!!!
06-24-2004, 07:41 AM
Hi, Tommygal! Maybe you could try buying fresh ginger root at the grocery store or else ginger in the spices aisle (powdered ginger). Either eat the ginger root raw or take the spices somehow (maybe a bunch of the spice, like a teaspoon, on a 1/4 cup of rice? Again it might cause a flare, not sure if your bladder will tolerate but if your bladder will tolerate it, powdered ginger in the spice aisle is exactly the same thing that is in ginger capsules.
Hope you feel better soon,
06-24-2004, 07:43 AM
That's really something. Ginger Ale would send me out the house screaming. I suppose if it works for you then consider it a gift from God. I would love a Ginger Ale, but I settle for good old dependable water.
Good luck with it.
06-24-2004, 12:28 PM
This is the second time in two weeks that I have logged on to this forum to ask a question and found the subject had just magically popped up! I was wondering if I could eat ginger with sushi, since I may go to a sushi restaurant tomorrow. I guess I'll just have to try and see, since it's one of those "sometimes" foods. :) I'm assuming wasabi is *right out,* as the Brits would say.
This next icon is me running to eat sushi.
I've never heard of antihistamines for nausea, interesting.
I love Ginger Ale, hate Ginger! Yucky, and I can't tolerate the ginger ale! Boo Hoo!
12-13-2005, 10:55 AM
ginger root hurts my blader more than anything!!!! I used to use it alot until I got Ic
I had the worsed flare from Ginger root!!!
12-13-2005, 11:05 AM
I have no problem with gingerale at all. as long as I don't drink caffeineted pop I am ok with other carbonated drinks.
12-13-2005, 12:45 PM
Tommygal, sometimes peppermint tea can soothe nausea. It's totally IC friendly, too - be sure it has nothing in it but peppermint leaves. Celestial Seasonings makes a good one. Hope you feel better soon!
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