She has an illness which affects sleep. IC is an autoimmune disorder that causes bladder pain and frequent urination and it makes you wake at night a lot.
Looking at yeast is a good idea IMO. I tend to prefer to try the LEAST invasive methods first and a lot of people have gotten relief from yeast treatments.
I would also look at pelvic floor therapy or getting that checked. Some IC patients get relief from that.
I can't do bladder instills, they bother my symptoms.
I take hydroxyzine and have been on it for awhile.
Elmiron didn't work for me, I took it for two years.
Your Dr might suggest Elavil, it helps some people but made me hallucinate (er..that wasn't good
) You are BF so I would say "absolutely not!!" to that one.
Your Drs might mention Neurontin for pain. IMO that med is evil. Don't take! Especially while BF.
They give anti-depressants to IC patients a LOT because anti-depressants help with nerve pain. The pain associated with IC is nerve pain and they do help some people with thier symptoms. They tried several anti-depressants on me and some made me very ill. I lost 25 lbs on zoloft because it made me puke (not cool)
Another reason they give anti-depressants to IC patients as chronic pain can make you depressed. It can be hard to cope.
Wellbutrin is not supposed to make you gain weight, it is used for OCD and smoking cessation. I did gain weight on Wellbutrin but it was the weight I needed to get back after puking my guts out on zoloft.
I started on wellbutrin at the same time as the hydroxyzine. The hydroxyzine would put me to sleep at night and the wellbutrin would wake me up in the morning.
This might freak people out who prefer natural methods but I cannot stress the severity of my illness at the time.
I did eventually stop taking the wellbutrin and my body is much more used to the hydroxyzine so it doesn't make me as groggy in the AM.
As far as diet, the things that bother my symptoms the MOST are nitrates and preservatives, MSG, oranges, vitamins (which is annoying), soda, coffee, dairy (apparently I have a dairy allergy)
DO NOT TAKE, DRINK OR EAT CRANBERRY! It will jack you all up!
I am glad you are trying the yeast diet and I really hope it helps. Cutting down on those things should help you.
I do recommend some soy yogurt I cannot have dairy but soy yogurt is delicious, I love it! The IC diet is good for finding what your triggers are. You can slowly add things back into your diet but it is good to know what bothers you and what dooes.
Once you get a hang of diet try coconut milk as milk substitution in cooking. Chanley told me to use it instead of heavy cream and it works GREAT! I use it in sauces and all sorts of things.
IMO, the haziness is due to sleep deprivation and vitamin defiences, those can also be causing your headaches. Eat more green stuff. Eat a TON of green stuff. Eat more red bell peppers. They are high in c and might not bother your IC like citrises can.
The IC Network site has several IC friendly recipes but they may not all be in line with yeast diet.
Eat brazil nuts, eat one *every day* I eat them and I don't even like them.
Brazil nuts are a natural source of selenium which is good for your immune system. I don't remember if they are on yeast diet or not but if they are, eat them anyways.
One a day won't mess up yeast diet that much and you REALLY need help with your immune system.
IC patients need to get a lot of their vitamins from food as many cannot take vitamins due to the citric acid in them. You might try the extra special buffered kind which is supposed to be gentle on your system but they jacked me up so they may not work for you either.
Here is list of foods for yeast diethttp://www.mwilliamson.com/yeastdiet.htm
How bad is your pain right now? See if they would be willing to perscribe you a TENS unit. I went through quite a run around getting one but after all that annoyance it helps.
I have been where you are and it is a BAD PLACE!
Take extra care of yourself mama. If you need help coping do not hesitate to get a therapist. PM me anytime. Cerridwen also has IC and I will let her know about this thread.