Common Trigger Foods for People with Interstitial Cystitis

Common Trigger Foods for People with Interstitial Cystitis

Over a million people in the U.S. suffer with Interstitial Cystitis and about 90% of them are females. It is marked by extreme stabbing pains in the pelvis area and frequent urination. In fact, sufferers have reported going to the bathroom 60 times in one day.

Those who are suffering with Interstitial Cystitis usually have a fairly good idea of what foods to avoid but if you’ve just been diagnosed, then you may need some help. Be sure to speak to your doctor as well. Most experienced urologists will help you put together an eating plan or they may have a list of common foods they can share to help you avoid an IC flare.

Certain medications can also trigger a flare-up, even vitamin and mineral supplements. Each person is different and some people are just naturally more sensitive. Stress can also be a factor, along with hormone fluctuations.

What is an IC Flare?

Interstitial Cystitis Trigger Food

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An IC flare is generally a period of extreme pain with increased urinary frequency/urgency. It can last for several days or weeks. Some flare-ups cause a dramatic increase in symptoms that only lasts for a few hours. Though each case and individual is completely different, most patients agree that certain foods almost always trigger a flare-up. These include:

  • Cured meats
  • Many types of nuts
  • Alcohol
  • Coffee-It has acid and caffeine.
  • Acidic fruit juices
  • Foods that promote yeast, such as sugar, malt, yeast, and vinegar

Coping with IC

Tobacco is also a common known trigger and should be avoided. Most who have suffered with IC for a while, have learned to plan ahead and be realistic about their limitations. Though they can and do still have flare-ups, these are minimized by being proactive and learning some effective coping strategies.

If you have found medications which help, then take those at the onset of an attack to decrease the length of it. Be sure to stop, rest, and take care of yourself and don’t feel guilty about doing so. Drink additional water to dilute the concentration of urine.  Place a cold pack or heating pad on the most painful area. Take a warm sitz bath, with or without Epsom salts.