I had been suffering recurrent bouts of cystitis and kept going to the doctors and being prescribed antibiotics and Ural effervescent powders. I even tried health food supplement shops and bought everything that was available over the counter to help, but it did no good. They would only clear it up for a few weeks, then I would get it again, so I got it 10 times in one year! I was starting to get beyond my tolerance for patience! The doctors had nothing else to offer me, except send me to hospital on the 10th occasion.
The hospital ED only gave me more antibiotics, which by this time, had stopped working. They tested my urine and said they could find no bacteria remaining; yet I was continuing to get bladder cramps and fever. They said, there is nothing else we can do for you. They didn’t even mention the term “Interstitial Cystitis”. It wasn’t until I went later to a Naturopath, that I found out this was my condition. Why was it, that GP’s, and medical practitioners don’t address Interstitial Cystitis? Its disappointing. Even WEB MD website has an article about it.
You may have had a similar experience, or you may have a weak immune system condition, already being treated by doctors. I suggest if the latter is the case, you should get practitioners advice before changing anything. Do not change your prescription from just reading articles such as this, as I am not a medical practitioner, merely a sufferer of cystitis offering information on what helped me. Don’t wait til years go by, you should ask for a referral to a hospital specialist, if you do not want to try natural medicine. Through my own experience, and research, I came up with this list:
Reasons why we get bladder infections
You may have had an operation, and the gut can no longer get rid of certain bacteria. In my case, I had my appendix removed. This immediately made my gut microbiome susceptible to infections. All the more reason to treat the gut microbiome, not the bladder. If this is not treated, it can lead to kidney infection, stones, and sepsis, for example.
Other reasons that came up in my internet search: Maybe there is a transference of bacteria from the feces to the urethra, accidentally.
Another reason – having an imbalance of oestrogen and progesterone, which can cause vaginal rashes, thrush infections, and such like.
Or a weakened immune system, stress, and insufficient vitamin intake or insufficient water intake.
Ultimately I recommend it best treated naturopathically or homeopathically, deal direct to the gut microbiome.
Solution that worked for me.
I went to a Naturopath (Nahaia Russ ND) and she told me immediately that I had Interstitial Cystitis.
She prescribed me some homeopathic drops, the name was “Staphisagria”. Also she mixed up some Naturopathic Practitioner immunity tonics, gave me a bottle of Bush Bitters to cleanse kidneys, and recommended high dosage Vitamin C powders, and Magnesium Powders in water. Within a few days all my symptoms were gone.
It has been one year on so far, Sept 2020, no recurrence. Of course, I take Vitamin C, Probiotics, and always drink lots of water.
Additionally, I have a cousin Mary who had also suffered as I did, and she found a solution that worked for her:
She recommends Clinicians Brand Flora Restore Probiotic for Urogenital health, bought from a health supplement store, and Ovestin Vaginal Cream, (Doctors Prescription only), because it helps the restore suppleness of the skin and guards against cross-contamination, and eases the rashes you get from lack of oestrogen.
Any Naturopath or Homeopathic practitioner near where you live, should be able to prescribe the correct homeopathic drops.
I now take the Probiotics and Ovestin as a preventative, even though I have no more symptoms.
Updated November 30th 2020: There is a new product out worth trying, its available over the counter at pharmacists: UroFem.
Another Natural practitioner in Auckland advised me she provides bioenergetic medicine/ homeopathic solutions too, especially for Interstitial Cystitis. She is Elize, at Metamorphosis Wellbeing.
Don’t suffer anymore! I understand that everyone will be different and have different reasons to have come down with cystitis. What worked for me, might not necessarily work for you. But do try these options before suffering any longer than you need to.