cranberry juice for UT pain?

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beanley
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   Posted 9/29/2009 11:13 AM (GMT -6)   
i know cranberry juice helps when you have an actual infection in you urinary tract or bladder. but does it also help with our fibro related pain, like UT irritation, irritable bladder syndrome, interstitial cystitis?

i need some relief, it's driving me nuts
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crazykitty
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   Posted 9/29/2009 1:01 PM (GMT -6)   
beanley, I would go to the doctor and make sure you don't have an UTI. I never had an UTI
until this year and I am 57. So far this year I have had 3 urinary tract infections and I think
it could be related to mediction. They are painful!

Cranberry juice is supposed to help prevent UTI's.
Hope you find relief soon!

Robin
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 Disc Disease, Hypertension, Migraines and Pseudothrombocytopenia MEDS: Methotrexate, Savella,Flexeril,Diltiazem, Boniva, Vitamins 


WhiteChocChip
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   Posted 9/29/2009 2:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't know if it makes a difference, but I like to eat dried cranberries with just about everything! In oatmeal, trail mix, tuna salad, spinach salad, with peanut butter on celery, on their own ...

Wishst
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   Posted 9/29/2009 3:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Beanly,
Cranberry juice contains an acid that helps with some bacteria in the bladder, I agree with Robin, you should have it checked out by a doctor first. I had chronic UTI's for years and now when I do feel one coming on, just the burning sensation I start the Cranberrry juice and it helps. I know that at different times of the month the burning can get worse for me, going through menapause now really throws things off! Also if you're diabetic at all you have to be careful with the sugar in the juice and sometimes it can cause your IBS to get worse, so sometimes a no win situation. Good luck, I know the feeling is very irritating to say the least!
Gentle Blessings
Deb

nomadicmom
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   Posted 9/29/2009 4:46 PM (GMT -6)   
You can find Cranberry capsules which may be easier to take on a daily basis. If you opt for the juice, make sure it 100% juice, organic would be best. They do help with urinary health in general.

beanley
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   Posted 9/29/2009 6:27 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks all. i have seen a doctor and it's not an infection. so based on what wishst said, if it's not an infection, the acid in cranberry juice that helps with the bacteria won't help just with the fibro-related nerve pain that's driving me nuts. this is part of the overall sensitization syndrome of fibro.

the doctor said to use Vitamin A&D ointment because my skin is so thin due to menopause. that plus the Dermoplast anesthetic spray help a lot. at the moment the pain is gone. it goes away for a day or two, then comes back and it takes a couple rounds of the ointment and spray to get rid of it. oh well. fibro is my full time job lol.

ps. i love dried cranberries too. i used to make oatmeal craisin cookies -- yum!
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Carnissa
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   Posted 9/29/2009 7:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I get uti's all the time... i drink cranberry all the time when i have them it helps flush out the bacteria ... it can also help keep the system flushed out all the time
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Nana Monster
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   Posted 9/29/2009 8:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I know anytime I even remotely feel one coming on I get on the cranberry juice pills that I get from
Wal-Mart. They have a couple of good ones there. Mine usually start out with a dull ache in the
lower back. By knowing this I've been able to keep from going to the drs and having to spend
a lot of money for what I already know is going on.
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