Posted 6/24/2016 11:42 PM (GMT -7)
Does your MD provide you with a short course of glucocorticosteroid when you have an interstitial cystitis flare - prednisone or dexamethasone or other? A steroid would help contain the inflammation and pain.
Of course, steroids have significant side-effects that need to be weighted vs. the benefits hoped to be gained.
That you have tapped out the maximal allowable course of epidural steroid injections for your SI joints may negate any other systemic use for the short-term for 3-4 more months.
Use of concentrated cranberry (in tablets) does aide reducing the bladder pain by lowering the urine's PH level, making the urine less acidic and more alkaline. You can purchase cranberry tablets from any holistic grocery store (Whole Foods) or holistic pharmacy (Pharmaca).
Your ongoing SI joint pain alone should entitle you to receive a "Get Out of Jail Free" card from the game of Monopoly from having any additive painful illness. Enough is enough.
- Karen -