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Lynnieduff

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This list comes from my Urologist/MD :

Foods to be avoided because they are bladder irritants.


Carbonated Drinks
Coffee (Including Decaffeinated)
Tea  (Including Decaffeinated)
Tomatoes and all products containing tomatoes.
All alcoholic beverages
Caffeine (For example: Tea, sodas, and all decaf beverages)
Tobacco products

Apples, applesauce, and apple juice
Cantaloupes
Chilies, spicy foods
Chocolates
Citrus fruits and juices including lemon, orange, lime and grapefruit
Cranberries  (for example:  Pills, fruits, and juices
Grapes
Guava
Nutra Sweet,Sweet & Low, Asparatame, Saccharine
Peaches
Pineapple 
Plums
Strawberries
Vinegar
Vitamin B Complex
Watermelon
        Yes, really!

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Thank you for posting this list. It's always great when fellow sufferers share their experience and knowledge
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I just wonder why vitamin B complex is an irritant for the bladder. The doc has prescribed it to me to take it together with the antibiotic.
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Hi Linnieduff

With regard the foods to be avoided list it is a bit obscure in places and I wonder if the urologist understands the reasoning behind the list or if it is just taken from a Some are standard like the fizzy drinks, tea etc. but generally it seems very narrow.  

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Maybe it is because B12 can often have yeast in it which is  a bladder irritant.


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IC is such an individual disease and what flares one person doesn't necessarily affect another - which is a huge Shane because if it did at least we would all know what foods etc to avoid!! I guess it's down to trial and error and experience.

I have B12 injections as my B12 is severely low and this causes other health problems, including nerve pain and over sensitivity with nerve endings. Since having the b12 injections things have started to improve for me and I have a lot more energy and my pain levels are reduced.

I did try taking B12 as a supplement but it made things worse, so I wonder if perhaps the supplements contain other ingredients etc that irritate the bladder?

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I find tea is ok if I make it very weak, just dip the bag in twice then add milk. Hardly any caffeine but you still feel you're having a cuppa. Gala apples are on the ICdiet list of 'safe' foods as is watermelon I think. Strawberries and coffee are the saddest losses in my book!!!!! good news is blueberries are fab and great for the kids too. I like to focus on what i CAN eat; just been making a shopping list of foods like vanilla ice cream, mozarella cheese and popcorn, in a vain attempt to cheer myself up after a terrible excrutiating and paralysing 36 hours after I decided in a crazy moment to stop all my meds!!
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oh also carbonated water is my favourite thing i find i can have a LITTLE bit if i am careful..... or maybe just fooling myself lol
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Hi All

I find that the things that bother me the most are as follows:-

Cheese
Mushrooms
Onions
Pasta
Leeks
Tomatoes
Corned Beef
Vinegar
All fruit (except blueberries)
Chocolate (except white)
Alcohol
Fruit juices
Anything spicy

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oranges,
fruit juices,
lime,
pineapple
spicey food / heavy tomato based dishes /curry
vinegar,
smoked bacon
alcohol
cranberry


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I try to avoid tea and coffee.  I drink Redbush tea though and all herbal teas.  I do drink alcohol but have cut it down to one bottle of wine eeked out (grudgingly) throughout the week.

I am a vegan and I eat loads of fruit and tomato based meals such as chillis, bologneses, shepherds pies etc so I havent actually tried to cut out fruit.  Cranberries?  I thought cranberries were good for your bladder - I have them in pill form.
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Is coconut water ok to drink? I am scared to try it.

Many thanks

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ive found this forum today and so glad I have, this information is fantastic. citrus juices are a big no no for me seems all of them now not just orange [frown]
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I think all natural foods are beneficial for human health. Natural products like fruits,vegetables,organic food and meat provides us a wide range of calories and vitamin which are very important.

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They maybe healthy foods but that doesn't mean that they are helpful in controlling IC and reducing flares. A lot of IC sufferers find that foods which are healthy and recommended as part of a healthy eating lifestyle can really irritate an IC bladder - fruits are a big offender as are tomatoes. Everybody is different and it's a case if learning what your bladder reacts to.

A food diary can be very useful to help identify trigger foods

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What do folk think of plain soda water? is that likely to irritate my bladder? I drink quite a lot and dilute my wine 50/50 with it.
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