After several months of severe pelvic pain, a trip to the ER, and follow up appointments with a urogynecologist, I've been diagnosed with Interstitial Cystitis. The pain was so intense that I was willing to try any of the recommended treatments. I've received a bladder instillation, started on 5mg Amitriptyline at night, have eliminated many foods from my diet, started using a low dose vaginal estrogen, and freely take Azo pain meds when the pain becomes too much. Fortunately, I am starting to feel better and the pain is now manageable. Pain free days are a blessing!
This is really new to me. I know that Amitriptyline shouldn't be used on a long term basis, and with all the new food restrictions that were recommended to me, I'm at a loss for what to eat. I already had a limited diet due to foods that I've identified that cause migraines. (i.e. I can't eat spinach, avocados, nuts, etc.) For now, I've added in lots of carbs and I'm moving out of ketosis in an attempt to try to gain some weight back. (My BMI is currently only 17.8) If anyone has any resources or suggestions of ways to navigate the pain of IC and still be mindful of brain health and the Bredesen protocol, I'd truly appreciate it. Unfortunately, I can't afford to work with a Functional Medicine doctor at this time.