Monday, July 26, 2010
Could D-Mannose Bring Relief for Interstitial Cystitis?
My husband and I have been desperate to find some sort of relief for my bladder and urethra pain, other than neurontin which is used to block the pain signals to the brain--often used for epileptic patients. My issues are not that I have to run to the bathroom constantly, but that I feel like I have a severe bladder infection 24/7 and constant urethritis. This has been occuring since July '09. I haven't been able to get a hold on it yet. I have tried antinflammatories, marshmellow root tea, samento which made it worse, candida treatment, steroids, etc.It is my belief that my bladder pain is somehow related to my Lyme Disease, whether it be the Lyme itself or a co-infection. My husband was recently skin tested for various allergies and in conversation with another patient found that D-mannose help with her bladder pain. She suffers from Lyme as well.
"D-Mannose is a simple sugar. Simple sugars are made up of only one or two molecules and are processed so quickly in the digestive system that the pancreas does not detect them as a sugar that requires insulin for it to be absorbed into the blood stream. It should not affect one's blood sugar level, though continued monitoring of glucose levels in your blood while taking this product is suggested."
"Urinary Tract Infections are treated safely and quickly without the use of antibiotics. The problem with traditional antibiotics is that they kill bacteria indiscriminately. There are over 1,000 species of "good bacteria" in the human body - each with their own "job" to do. D-Mannose treats urinary tract by causing the bacteria to be flushed right out of your body. No bacteria, no infection."
Interestingly enough, labs often do not consider you to have an infection if a urine test shows you to have less than less than 10,000 E.coli per cubic millilitre. However, E.coli can double their colony size every 20 minutes in the right conditions. I have not tested positivel for E.coli, although I wonder if the tests are wrong. I have read where the E. coli can live in the lining of your bladder and can still not being detected.
The claim of Waterfall D-Manose is that it offeres relief due to a cleansing effect of
D-Mannose on the bladder, combined with the D-mannose known anti-inflammatory properties. After taking the product for 2 to 3 months, most bladders are very close to being completely back to normal, whether the problem has been bacterial or interstitial.
The problem with me, is that I already ingest so much medication that everytime I add or change my protocol, I have to get reorganized it all. So, once I get all my medications scheduled, D-Mannose will be added to my protocol. I will keep you posted.