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    Water PH

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    Not sure where to post this. I know water is a big issue for people. I have had problems with lots of bottled waters that have added "minerals to enhance flavor". The pain form those waters has actually brought me down on my knees. I have been keeping away from them for years.

    Every once in a while a water sneaks in and it will flare me terribly for a few days. Because I am in a flare now I am questioning everything I eat or drink. My diet has been very restricted and am doing ok with that.

    On another post it was brought to my attention that perhaps my water was doing it and it got me thinking. I am using my refrigerator filtered water and drinking it throughout the day when i am home and every evening while watching tv in a large glass with ice.

    During the day I void before it gets to the painful part of holding it in. The problem is I am not sleeping and getting up about 5 times a night in pain to void. Could it be the water? The filter is still good and doesn't need to be changed. So I checked the ph. When I use the PH check strips that I got here in the IC shop it comes up about 6.5. When I test the same water with a presciption Chemstrip 9 it
    Comes up with a PH of 5. So, I tested Aquafina which I havent drank in a while but did so today so as not to drink the refrigerator water and the PH check strips comes up 6.5 and the Chemstrip 9 shows a PH of 5.

    Do the PH strips go bad? They both have expiration dates but they each have those little packets in them to keep them
    fresh. Can anyone recommend an accurate PH test strip?

    My other thought is that my bladder is so angry that the mere fact that it is filling up
    Is causing pain. I'm going to stop drinking water after 8 pm and see if that helps. I need to sleep tonight!

    I still want to know the true PH of the water I am drinking.

    I had half a bottle of Aquafina and my bladder is hurting. Ughhhh..... Trying to piece this puzzle together.
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    Re: Water PH

    I have to stop drinking any liquids after 6 pm. I try to get them all in before that time so I'm not up every hour.
    I'm up every two even stopping st 6.

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    Wow. So sorry that you have to go through that songbird. It's awful. I'm exhausted as you probably are when you wake from a night like that. Hoping this gets better for all of us.
    Do you have pain also?

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    More pressure than pain and I also have vulvar vestibulitis and that burns and makes me have to pee even more.
    Im sorry for you too Mela. It's a lousy feeling being aware of having to pee 24/7.

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    Re: Water PH

    When I buy bottled water, I read the label and only buy water that specifies it's pure spring water and no additives.

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    Don't do what I did and added bicarb soda in my water everyday to raise PH. It had the reverse effect on me after about three weeks. My liver was struggling with holding up and stopped producing it's own bile and backfilled. The salts also make you retain fluid everywhere. Since stopping it I've lost 2.5 KG and I can tell you I was on the toilet for days just continually peeing. Also it stuffs up your digestion as you need an acidic stomach to breakdown your foods. A better option is potassium citrate slow release which bypasses your stomach and still works on the urine.
    I try follow a fairly alkaline diet, although not strictly as I eat meat. And I've just discovered I can eat LEMONS, gosh I've missed them. The citric acid in the fruit is an alkaliser on the body.
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    What you went though sounds awful aaarrgggghhhh. I hope you are feeling better. I have no intention of adding sodium bicarbonate. I'm
    just going to stick to the waters I've always been ok with like Poland Springs and Fiji (My favorite......but expensive).
    My hubby went out to get them for me last night.

    I was just curious why I got 2 different readings. im going to change the filter on my fridge anyway even though it reads OK.

    I stopped drinking water at 8 pm and did a little better last night but still woke up a few times to void but just not as painful. I guess my bladder wasn't as full.

    Still trying to get out of this awful
    Flare and get back to my normal sleeping through the night at least 7 hours! Now that sounds like a dream.

    Laying hwre this morning I still have pelvic and back pain and waiting on my urine culture results.

    Glad the lemons are helping you.

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    Re: Water PH

    How are you today?
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    prescribed meds: Endep 60mg, Elmiron 400mg, BC. Enablex 7.5mg.

    Supplements: Chitomur peptide, colostrum, Echinacea, liver detox swisse, calcium citrate, glucosamine, Psyllium Husk.

    Daily diet: Breakkie- oats with chia seeds and no fat milk. Post workout-turkey breast with mixed veggies. Lunch-raw green soup with rye roll and handful of peanuts/almonds. Dinner- changes but meat and veg. Dessert-banana and sugar free custard (homemade) or banana and apple bake with almonds cinnamon and honey with a dollop of coconut cream.


    Tried: tramadol, cystoprotek, multi right, diazepam, vesicare, Ditropan, mirabegron, Flomax, lyrica, progesterone.

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    Hi aaarregghhhh. I only got up once last night!!! Yeah!! I stopped drinking water around 6-7 pm. I tried to drink all my water during the day and of course I started to panic because it was getting swollen and in pain. So I thought it was my pool water. I actually spent the day in and out of the pool swimming because it was so hot here. I have a salt water pool system specifically not to irritate me like chlorine pools and it seems to have been working since I put the pool in over a year ago.

    After I stopped voiding the pain began to subside. I think it's just the fact that I am in a flare and my bladder is small. So, when it fills it stretches and causes my bladder to be angry at me. I also started yesterday with some PFD pain after a BM. Eventually by end of day that subsided.
    I started cimitedine and a very low dose of amyltriptaline last night so maybe that helped to quiet things down too. They did cause me to wake with a tension headache and extremely dry so I have to figure that out now.

    Let's see how today goes. The day is only beginning but I am so grateful for a better night's sleep.

    How are you feeling today? Do you take any MEDS? I had to take a tramadol for the pain yesterday.

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    Re: Water PH

    I was just thinking about this topic. My husband had got me higher pH waters to see if that would help with my bladder to keep things less acidic there. Has anyone tried that and found beneficial results?

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    Quote Originally Posted by saoryi View Post
    I was just thinking about this topic. My husband had got me higher pH waters to see if that would help with my bladder to keep things less acidic there. Has anyone tried that and found beneficial results?
    There are some ICers who have a problem with their usual water supply. It's something that could be worth trying for a few weeks to see if it helps.

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    I know this is old but most popular water brands have a proven pH of 5.0 which is why it could cause a flare. When I say most, it's mostly ALL of them. You have to be really really careful that the water you are drinking is not causing more damage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MT712 View Post
    I know this is old but most popular water brands have a proven pH of 5.0 which is why it could cause a flare. When I say most, it's mostly ALL of them. You have to be really really careful that the water you are drinking is not causing more damage.
    I'm a label reader and if I'm going to be away from home and our deep well, I purchase only mountain spring water that with no added ingredients.

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    Re: Water PH

    I can drink Disani and Aquafina, I have tried many others zepherishills, Costco brand, Aqua pure, they bother me.

    You have to read the labels really carefully some of the cheaper waters, take city water and filter it by reverses osmosis.

    I have a reverese osmosis tape on my sink I can't drink it.

    I said one day to my husband the tape water us most acidic, then the reverse osmosis water then Disani, he dud T believe that I could tell that, I got out the ph strips and I was right. He stopped complaining he buys me Disani or Aquafina, I take my own water everywhere I go.
    My are with you all. May you all find a way to peace and joy in your lives.

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