It all started with a UTI after getting a new partner. I took a course of antibiotics and it cleared up. I rarely had UTIs before that. I felt the UTI was still here at a much lower level even though my doctor confirmed it was gone.
This led to a second UTI two months later after drinking lots of coffee and spicy foods the previous day. I took another round of antibiotics but this time, it was different, I had low level spasms in my bladder and lower abdomen which would persist for days. Although the doctor said the infection was cleared, my bladder was still painful, with ongoing spams, high frequency and urgency. Nights were the worst as I could barely sleep from the pain and I got up every 30min to go to the toilet. It felt the urine was boiling all the time in my bladder, especially when full, I also felt a pressure on my bladder.
My doctor mentioned “interstitial cystitis” as tests were always clear of bacteria. She scheduled me for more advanced tests with a urologist.
In the meantime, I did some research on IC and quickly connected my pain with foods. I went on a food elimination diet and ate only vegetables for a month, nothing acidic. I also consulted a homeopath and got remedies that soothed my bladder and removed the pain. Some remedies were fast acting and others took longer to work. After a month, my pain disappeared; my only symptoms were pressure, and inflammation in my bladder but the urgency and frequency stopped.
I did not attend the urologist appointment and instead consulted a naturopath herbalist who gave me a course of strong herbal antibiotics at my request, which I took along with homeopathic remedies.
IC is very unpredictable and symptoms change all the time so a new symptom would appear as soon as old symptoms disappeared. When my bladder was settled, I would start getting urethral symptoms. It was very stressful, but I remained convinced I had a low level infection that could not be detected on standard tests and that holistic healing was my only chance of getting better since antibiotics had not cleared it. I focused on gut healing, urinary tract healing with homeopathy and detoxing my body from accumulated toxins. I also had a misaligned spine and got it corrected by a chiropractor. This was the final piece of the puzzle as a misaligned spine will affect the good functioning of the urinary tract.
It took me 7months of herbal tinctures, homeopathy, gut healing work and a high alkaline vegan diet to resolve all my bladder symptoms. Even though I am not fully healed yet, I am symptom-free as long as I avoid alcohol and caffeine and I eat a high alkaline diet.