It was my birthday. I was turning 38.
I was about a month out from my last procedure. My urologist insisted on doing another cystoscope to rule out cancer. You see I had several episodes of passing fleshy bloody pieces from my bladder. My urologist vowed to help me. When she saw my bladder she was shocked and said it was the worst she had ever seen. She was affraid to perform the hydrodistention in fear of rupturing my bladder. So it was not done. Instead she took biopsies... one to rule out cancer and two to identify if I had an abundance of mast cells (which I did, consistent with interstitial cystitis)
Back to my birthday where I was desperately trying to enjoy some amount of normalcy with my husband and kids. I was following the strict IC diet to the T with little to no relief. That day before heading to town for my birthday dinner I decided I was going to bite the bullet and get some more herbal supplements and try an essential oil... WHY NOT I thought... if I wasted my money oh well, it was my birthday present to myself and perhaps something would help me! I had to TRY!
So I bought a small bottle of lavendar oil. The price of $15 for this itty bitty bottle killed me but I just did it. Went to my car and immediately applied the lavendar to my abdomen/bladder area... I was AMAZED within minutes I felt relief of my bladder spasming. My urgency calmed. Dare I say I felt almost normal for a couple of hours! That was the moment that changed everything. My skeptical ways were gone. I was sold! My husband I think thought I had lost my mind! LOL.
I believe I have healed my bladder thru many, many things which I will try to write about more when I get time. but these are them breiefly
Diet (for me caffeine was my main trigger)
Pelvic PT (I did about 4 months including biofeedback, dry needles, deep tissue massage, ultrasound, TENS machine)
Balancing Hormones (I was Estrogen Dominant, low progestrone)
Herbal supplements included Marshmallow Root, Fish Oil, magnesium, Vitamin D, quercetin, bromelain.
Relaxation Techniques/Deep Breathing (lavender is great for this too)
Eliminating Stressful situations and coping better with things I could not control
Bladder instills with DMSO (6 rounds)
Bladder instills with Elmiron (I only did 2 and felt like I was in remission so did not continue)
Getting of Pain Meds and Toxins
and last but not least Essential Oils!
If you would like more info please let me know. I am now in remission about 2 months and have resumed eating a normal diet. I don't take any supplements regularly anymore either. Reintroduced coffee about 2 weeks ago! I now diffuse Essential oils daily in my home which I love for their effect on my mind and body. I use lavendar at the twinge of any pain. I have found that if I get stressed my bladder will spasm and my urgency will come. This stops once I apply the lavendar though!