I have a terribly irritable bladder. Am on a very mild diet--no fruit, very few spices, only very mild cheese, no nuts, no drinks but water--and it helps some but it's not enough. Mostly my bladder acts up at night--I experience unbearable discomfort--itchiness, constant urgency, inability to void, dampness, heaviness in my bladder, overall torturous irritation--I swear I would prefer pain. I have tried the following medications: hydroxyzine, pyridium, valium, detrol, urelle, elmiron, terasozin, neurontin, lyrica and several others whose names I can't recall--anyway hydroxyzine and pyridium worked for a while, and now no drugs help. Bladder instillations are the only thing that work for me--and that's only short-term.
I have found some relief--but by no means enough from the following treatments: baking soda, tums, prelief, soaking in Epsom salts. I have the cocktail for doing the instillations myself but before I start that I figured I'd reach out to my fellow bladder sufferers and see if there are some things I haven't tried yet that might work.
Also—re soaking in Epsom salts—is there some kind of medical thing I can sit in—the water keeps on running out of my bath tub.