02-12-2012, 10:47 AM #1
So I know soda is bad to drink... but there is a lot of Caffeine free soda..
Is Caffeine free soda just as bad as regular soda?
I know MUG Root Beer is somewhat safe.
What about Coke? Pepsi? Sierra Mist?
I understand that soda isn't a bladder friendly ingredient but are there any exceptions????
02-12-2012, 11:45 AM #2
Root beer is the exception but if you're symptoms are very bad or as yet uncontrolled I would avoid it.In remission since Aug 2009!
New to IC? read this--IC Treatment and Diagnostic Guidelines--American Urological Association
http://interstitial-cystitis-diet.bl...nosis-and.html *** http://www.auanet.org/content/guidel...ent_ic-bps.pdf
What helped me get to and stay in remission? stress reduction, diet, time, meditation, stress reduction, stress reduction, stress reduction!--I no longer take medications for IC, PFD,VV, anxiety, or depression. Making career and lifestyle changes to reduce stress and learning techniques to manage anxiety set the stage for my bladder to heal.
My history: No history of bladder issues***Onset of IC and VV sxs Nov 2003***Diagnosed Nov 2004 based on symptoms and hydro/biopsy results***Cysto-Hydro did not give therapeutic relief, I had complications and long recovery ***Hunner's Ulcers found and removed during hydro***Symptoms: the usual~pain, burning, spasms, frequency, urgency, nocturia, lower back and upper thigh pain, very bloated "IC Belly"
Treatments that helped my IC,VV,& PFD symptoms: pyridium, elavil, tylenol 3, ibuprofen, lidocaine gel and patches, cold packs, heating pad, diet, lots of water
02-12-2012, 12:45 PM #3
Thanks. I'm trying to stay away from anything with citric acid in it.
01-02-2013, 07:55 AM #4
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I think it's the citric acid, the carbonation, the caffeine....a combination of things. If your symptoms are bad, you should avoid all soda. I've been able to cheat some when I'm feeling good. Giving up soda is/was THE hardest thing for me. Harder than giving up smoking!Conditions:
IBS 4/04; IC 8/05; Vitamin B-12 Deficiency 7/06; Asthma 9/06; Citrus, MSG, Sulfate/Sulfite, Nitrate/Nitrite, Sodium Benzoate Allergy diagnosed 9/06; Fibromyalgia 6/07; Pelvic Floor disfunction 2007; Hysterectomy 10/08; Fallopian Tube Cyst removed 5/10; Chronic Diarrhea since 12/10 ; Ulcerative Colitis 4/12
Elmiron 3x day
Trazadone at bedtime
Tramadol as needed for pain
Monthly B-12 injections
Continuous Birth Control (even though I had a hyst, to control cysts)
heating pad, hot epsom salt baths, strict IC diet
Interstim implant 9/11
Ulcerative Colitis Meds - Remicade, Azathioprine, Lialda, prednisone several times a year
Failed Bladder Treatments
Lyrica, Elavil, Detrol, Detrol LA, Ditropan, Sanctura, Flomax, Prelief, Pyridium & Urelle (allergic!), Lidoderm patches, long term antibiotics - Macrobid and others, instillations (ouch!), CystaQ, pelvic floor therapy, fulguration, bladder injections, bladder stretching
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