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    Question Buffered Vitamin C?

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    Is it OK to take Buffered Vitamin C?

    My acupuncturist, who is also an herbalist; is suggesting I take buffered vitamin C. I am concerned about taking this.

    Multi-vitamins are on the "no-no list", along with citrus. Vitamin C is in citrus. I'm already flaring, I don't want to irritate my bladder with anything more.

    I just printed the suggested food list to bring to my acupuncturist. I guess I have not looked at it in several years. I do not see multi-vitamins on it any more, I've always been told NOT to take them, so now I'm confused. This list seems much more lax, even yogurt was on the "no-no list" 5-6 years ago.


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    If you're currently experiencing symptoms, I'd stick with the "eat & enjoy" column for now & I'd hold off on any vitamins until you're feeling better. If you decide to try the buffered vit. C eventually, you could try the one in the ICN shop, you've got a better chance of that turning out ok since some IC patients have been ok with that one. That said, I try to get my vitamin C from dietary sources like broccoli & red bell pepper.

    When I looked at the new diet list, I wondered if patients taking Elmiron & have gotten back more dietary freedom have influenced the selection of some foods as being usually ok.

    I am not a medical authority nor do I offer medical advice. In all cases, I strongly encourage you to discuss your medical treatment with your personal medical care provider. Only they can, and should, give medical recommendations to you.

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    -Pain medicine at bedtime daily, as needed during the day several times per week
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    I take Ester C (buffered C) only when I get sick. It is gentler on my bladder than regular C but it is still an irritant. But others are different. You could try it for 2-3 days and see. By then you would know.
    Currently dealing with IC (diagnosed May 2001), Fibromyalgia (January 2000) and ADHD (1998 sometime) and vulvodynia (Jan. 08)

    I work in the schools helping students with disabilities. I am a speech language pathologist working as an Assistive Technology Specialist. A very do-able job with IC.


    Meds that I take:
    Elmiron 2 x day ; Effexor XR 37.5 ; Ritalin;
    Nasonex; Atarax 10 mg (night); Lidocaine 5%; monthly B-12 shots; Pyridium as needed

    Meds I am trying

    Supplements that help:

    Condroitin Sulfate; Calcium Citrate; Magnesium Glycinate; Olive Leaf Extract; daily probiotic

    Other treatments that help:
    Physical Therapy for PFD; Massage for Fibro; Chiropractic for Fibro; IF Unit (like a tens unit) for pain

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    I have tried every buffered vit C I can find over the years & they all caused IC flare. I took the buffered powder longer than the others by adding a tiny amount to my food & not using it every day.

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    I tried the Ester C and I think it caused frequency, a lot of frequency. I can, however take Vitamin D, I take 2000 iu/daily as reccommended by my Dr. I think it helps with immunity if that is what you are trying to accomplish. In the future, I will try the C again, but for now it is off of my list.

    I am also taking vitamin A and I think I am doing ok with that. Does anyone have any input on vitamin A.

    I have decided to try and come up with the most "important" vitamins that I lack from diet and that will help with meds. Working on the list very slowly though, would love to hear anyone else's experiences.

    Link to the patient information, everything from What is IC? to Disability

    American Urological Association Clinical Guideline
    Diagnosis and Treatment of Intersitial Cysitis/Painful Bladder Syndrom

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    ICN Member amonkey's Avatar
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    Las Vegas
    My doctor told me to take 1000 mg of Vitamin C a day to offset the antibiotics I have taken over the years. I have to admit that I haven't stuck to the prescription due to concern over a flare. I take liquid vitamins and two types of supplements with no issues.

    So far, so good. The diet has made a huge difference in my life. And I have to say that drinking alkanized water has made a BIG difference in the way I feel. And my sonogram and camera and filling the bladder with water test showed my bladder is healing.

    Woo hoo! But I'm still too chicken to take the vitamin C by itself.


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