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The Quickest Way to Get Rid of Cystitis Symptoms

Nell is a psychologist who writes about illnesses and conditions that she has suffered from and the things that work for her.

Cystitis pain symptoms and healing

Cystitis pain symptoms and healing

How to Get Rid of Cystitis

Cystitis is a very underrated illness. When someone mentions that they suffer from this condition, they never seem to be taken seriously. But believe me, it can be absolutely excruciating. The first sign that something is wrong is a feeling of discomfort when you pass water. It can feel "heavy" and slightly uncomfortable. If you don't take action quickly enough, then the symptoms will suddenly get worse and you will find yourself in agony, sitting on a toilet trying to pee. The feeling that you get is that you want to desperately go to the toilet, but nothing seems to be coming out. And in a lot of cases, you will notice that when you wipe yourself, there will be blood on the tissue. Fever, stomach cramps, and terrific pain down below can quickly follow.

What Is Cystitis?

Cystitis is a urinary tract infection (UTI). Most of these infections are caused by E.coli, though luckily not the deadly strain that you find in food. In the case of cystitis, bacteria cling to the bladder wall and reproduce. This can happen for a number of reasons, including not cleaning yourself properly when going to the toilet, and wiping yourself the wrong way (from back to front instead of front to back). A lot of women wipe incorrectly without realising that they are in fact taking bacteria from their back passage to the bladder opening. Another common cause is not drinking enough water or liquids. When we drink, it flushes the stale water out, and stops the bacteria from clinging to the bladder wall. But if it has already taken hold, then you will start to notice these symptoms.

The Symptoms

  • A stinging or burning sensation when you pass water
  • The need to pass water more often
  • Feeling you want to pass water urgently, but find that you only pass little or no water
  • Cloudy or dark colored urine
  • Blood in the urine
  • Pain in your lower back or tummy
  • Feeling generally unwell
  • Cold shivers when you pass urine

Diagnosing Your Cystitis

Most cases of cystitis clear up on their own within 24 hours. If you still feel unwell after that then you should see your doctor, especially if any of the following are true:

  • Your symptoms haven't improved.
  • You have blood in your urine for a prolonged amount of time. A small amount is common, but if it carries on, then check it out.
  • You are pregnant.
  • You are over 65.
  • You have a high temperature or are sick and/or vomiting.
  • You have severe pain, especially in your back.
  • You have had a history of kidney stones or other kidney problems.
  • You have had recurring cystitis.
  • You have diabetes.

Cystitis isn't just a woman's problem. If a man gets it, it could be caused by an enlarged prostate gland. And children should always see their doctor. A urine test will be taken to find out exactly what is going on.

A course of antibiotics will be given to clear this up if it doesn't go away on its own.

A hot water bottle can help with cystitis pain.

A hot water bottle can help with cystitis pain.

Home Remedies

Taking a painkiller will get rid of the initial discomfort. Paracetamol is probably one of the fastest to work. Another good idea is to try to make your urine less acidic. Bicarbonate of soda dissolved in a glass of water is good, and potassium citrate is another. These can be obtained from your chemist. Make sure you drink a lot of water, but remember not to drink too much. Water can affect the chemical balance in your body, and if taken too much, can be dangerous.

Cranberry Juice

Cranberry juice is thought to be one of the best self help things that you can use to treat cystitis. For a long time, people believed that it would get rid of urinary tract infections. Evidently, the reasoning behind this idea was that the cranberry would stop the little 'hooks' bacteria use to attach to your bladder wall. But this is not the case. Cranberry can help stop cystitis, and if taken regularly before the trouble starts, it will prevent the bacteria from staying in your bladder. But if the bacteria is already there, cranberry can only help alleviate the symptoms, not actually remove the bacteria. The door is open on this subject; some doctors believe it can't remove it, and others say it does! At any rate, it seems as though the cranberry can at least remove the terrible waves of pain and discomfort caused by cystitis.

Blackcurrant Juice

Now, before I discuss blackcurrant juice, I have to tell you a true story that got me writing about this subject. A few months ago, I had a bad case of cystitis. I had no idea what it was that I had or how to get rid of it. I was in so much pain I didn't know what to do with myself. I did all the wrong things. For example, I didn't drink any water because I presumed the pain was caused by my wanting to pass urine, and I couldn't understand why I couldn't go. Eventually, I drank a lot of water, and after about five hours, the symptoms started to go away.

The most recent attack was today. I realised straight away what it was and started to drink lots of water. Even though it helped a bit, I was still in a lot of pain. Then I remembered the cranberry juice. Unfortunately, I didn't have any on hand but did discover some blackcurrant herbal tea. I thought, "What the heck, I will give it a go," and much to my surprise and great delight, after one cup of blackcurrant tea, my bladder started working again properly, and the pain went away! I can't say it has gone completely just yet, but the relief is amazing. So I looked it up on the Internet, and this is what I found:

Blackcurrants are high in health-promoting compounds called proanthocyanidins. These successfully interfere with the nasty bacteria that causes cystitis. Blackcurrants have many more of these compounds than cranberries, and even better, they have even more useful chemicals called catechins and anthocyanins, which fight infection; these are also what give them their deep color. Blackcurrants simultaneously clean your bladder and hydrate your whole body. They flush the toxins out much quicker, and this is what makes them so effective.

All I know is that after taking blackcurrant, my bladder started to work again properly, and the pain was a lot less. I won't lie; I was still uncomfortable for a few hours, but that initial crushing pain in my bladder that made me unable to stay still or sit down was gone. So if you want a very effective, very quick solution to cystitis, then I recommend grabbing a glass of blackcurrant. It certainly helped me.

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There are also many over the counter cystitis satchets or tablets that can help to clear your bladder and bring back the balance. They help stop the acidic burning, and return the water back to normal. Hopefully this will help your bladder to remove the bacteria naturally. These medications especially help if you take them as soon as the symptoms start. It is well worth buying some of these, especially the satchets of powder that you mix with water as they start to work very quickly. You may never need them, but it's a good idea to keep them just in case.


Reviewed by Chris Dawson, MD. "Cystitis." May 21, 2015. Netdoctor. Accessed April 14, 2017.

"Cysitis." Bupa. Accessed April 14, 2017.

"Treating Cystitis." Canesten (Bayer pharmaceutical product page).

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2011 Nell Rose


Nell Rose (author) from England on May 17, 2018:

That sounds like an allergic reaction. Drink lots of water and cranberry etc. you may need antibiotics or antihistamines.

Gail on May 16, 2018:

Ate strawberries my lower back is killing me

Kelly Ann Jones on August 22, 2017:

Thank you for this article. I am suffering today so will take on board what you have said. Much love to you

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 10, 2016:

Thanks Santel, yes touch wood its okay at the moment, but yes its a real pain isn't it? I hope you get it sorted out soon, and the above article helps you. thank you for reading, nell

Santel49 on October 10, 2016:

Great info about an awful complaint which I've suffered from for many years in the U.K. and even now we live in Spain with warmer climate I've reached my 60's and I'm still having recurring attacks. When younger they called it Honeymoon cystitis now it's blamed on being older, an yes we do still enjoy a love life lol. No matter how careful I am regarding personal hygiene my problem has always been not drinking enough and now in a much hotter climate it's become an issue again, suffering at this very moment it's not nice, if I drink much more I will have to sit all day in the bathroom! Every glass of drink I pray it will take the nagging pain away, I do have an emergency packet of an antibiotic but I like to try and beat it naturally at first but if I still have it tomorrow, that will be my third day, I will take it not that it will be a miracle cure I will still have to keep drinking. Hope you are keeping free of it now.

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 24, 2016:

That's great new Lareina, anything that can help is good, and thanks for the added info, if it helps others that brilliant!

Lareina337 on September 24, 2016:

I have cystitis, since I take a strict diet control everyday, do not eat spicy food, no alchole, no smoking, no bad habit, what's more, I also took herbal medicine diuretic and anti-inflammatory pill, and now I could control my symptoms well.

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 31, 2015:

Sorry to hear that Tracy, hope this helps?

Tracy on July 30, 2015:

I'm laid awake in agony at 3am after taking two sachets I purchased. Cystitis is awful & I keep getting it every few weeks.

Usually around, time of the month

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 08, 2015:

Hi Deb, thanks for reading, glad you liked it, nell

Debra Allen from West By God on January 08, 2015:

Bicarbonate of Soda is simply Baking Soda and you can get that in the baking isle of any grocery store. This is all great news and information.

lovedoctor926 on January 08, 2015:

Hi Nell, hope you are doing well. Yes, definitely I agree with you. Great hub, informative too.

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 08, 2015:

Hi lovedoc, thanks for reading, yes cranberry is great too, and the one thing people should always remember is, as you said, make sure you drink loads of water, otherwise you get stomach cramp, thanks again, nell

lovedoctor926 on January 08, 2015:

Good information, well-researched. Cranberry juice is helpful; however, it's important to drink lots of water.

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 08, 2015:

Thanks Sally, yes its a pretty painful thing to have, luckily these do help, and thanks so much for reading, nell

Sally Gulbrandsen from Norfolk on January 08, 2015:

Something nearly every women goes through in their life-time, definitely not something you ever forgets if you have had it. Some very useful advice here.

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 15, 2014:

Thanks BeatsMe, yes the blackcurrant juice really works and very quickly so good luck with it, and thanks for reading, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 15, 2014:

Hi mary, thanks so much for reading again, yes its one of those horrible things we all get sometimes, luckily touch wood and whistle I am fine from it at the moment! lol!

BeatsMe on October 15, 2014:

Thanks a lot for an informative hub. Because of this hub, I think I'm going to try cranberry and blackcurrant juice. :)

Mary Craig from New York on October 15, 2014:

A great hub to bring back Nell. Sometimes when we suffer from an illness we don't think about how many other people have the same problem and could benefit from what we've learned. I'm sure many will benefit from this one!

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 14, 2014:

Hi Nadine, thats a good idea about drinking the glass of warm water and lemon, we do get dehydrated so easily, we forget that even in the winter if we don't drink enough water cystitis can grab us, thanks for the reminder, nell

Nadine May from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa on September 14, 2014:

Great article Nell. I ended up in hospital with it when I was nine years old. Ten years ago I had it again and I knew that after being doing landscaping in the bright sun I was dehydrating. Two years ago I started to drink a few glasses of warm water with a slice of lemon each morning. I will remember about the blackcurrant tea. Thanks, voted up.

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 24, 2014:

Hi Bobbi, you are so lucky not to have had this, its so darn painful! yes if only they could come up with a quicker solution, thanks for reading, nell

Barbara Purvis Hunter from Florida on July 23, 2014:


So far I have been lucky not to have this issue. I hope one day one can take a pill and it will cure any issues in our bodies.

Thanks for writing about this---I may need to refer to it one day.

Bobbi Purvis

Nell Rose (author) from England on November 04, 2013:

Hi Ben, as long as it has the chemical from black currants in it, it maybe okay for a quick cleanse as long as you buy the tea as soon as possible, okay? thanks for reading, nell

Ben on November 04, 2013:

Does black current squash work?-great article !.helped so much thankyou

Nell Rose (author) from England on March 13, 2013:

Hi Cheeky Girl, thanks so much, yes its something most of us suffer with at some stage in our lives, and trying out all the different cures can get really annoying, it was pure luck I caught onto blackcurrant tea, thanks for reading, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on March 13, 2013:

Hi Cheeky Girl, thanks so much, yes its something most of us suffer with at some stage in our lives, and trying out all the different cures can get really annoying, it was pure luck I caught onto blackcurrant tea, thanks for reading, nell

Cassandra Mantis from UK and Nerujenia on March 13, 2013:

A terrific detailed look at a tricky condition! Medical issues and health issues always interest me. I even wrote about Cystitis myself in one hub. This is a great hub you have written. I think the sales of blackcurrant tea are going to go up. Cheers!

Nell Rose (author) from England on February 26, 2013:

Hi Maria, sorry to hear you are suffering, if you feel its getting worse then antibiotics should help, don't worry, you won't even know you are taking them, they don't have any side effects, well not usually, and then it should clear up within a couple of days, it may well be some other problem so a trip to the GP is always the best way to go, he or she will be able to give you the best meds, good luck, and thanks for reading, nell

Maria Kelly on February 25, 2013:

Great site. But how long should you leave it before thinking it might need antibiotics? this is my fourth morning and the pain in my sides is worsening (not agony) I really would like it to go by itself as never had antibiotics before..?

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 18, 2013:

Thanks so much Lane, glad you liked it, nell

Lane Reno on January 17, 2013:

You are right on target w/this advice. I typically had this problem about twice a year for several years running. But I learned how to prevent it, and WATER is key. I also always keep Azo and Cystex Plus in my Rx cabinet all the time (I only use the Cystex IF I develop a problem because I do not want to overdo the antibacterial effect), and cranberry juice is a staple for me. I only take about 4 0z every AM, and it seems to help keep the urinary tract clear. BTW, I am totally impressed with your HUB work!

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 16, 2013:

Thanks rajan, glad you liked it, nell

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on January 15, 2013:

Thanks for sharing this useful info about cystitis as well as your personal benefits with using blackcurrant tea. It sure will be helpful info to many.

Voting this up, useful.

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 10, 2013:

Thanks Deny Girl, glad you found it helpful, have a great trip!

Deny girl on January 10, 2013:

I am just experiencing my first and hopefully last episode of cystitis,thanks to this hub,I will be able to try some,of the suggested

Self help remedies,it has struck me whilst ,I am on a trip to Australia,

Visiting my husband ,hope it clears up soon .

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 29, 2012:

Thanks so much girishpuri, I am glad you found it helpful, and a very happy new year to you too, nell

Girish puri from NCR , INDIA on December 29, 2012:

Great tips on Cystitis, thanks and a very happy new year 2013, God bless.

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 22, 2012:

Lol! I think we all feel like it though when we get it! seriously this was a long while ago, and had to do something about it, so I got to researching it and hence the hub, but it really is a pain, so the black currant really does help, thanks vocalcoach for reading, nell

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on December 21, 2012:

I'm so sorry you have been sick with Cystitis and do hope you are all over it now. Oh boy, I have suffered from this in the past and just last week noticed some "burning" so grabbed the cranberry juice and increased the water. Thank goodness I caught it in time.

I also check the color of my urine regularly. When it isn't clear, I up the water and that helps.

Thanks for mentioning the black currant. I will pick some up and keep it just in case. Thanks Nell for writing this wonderful and informative hub. A huge help for everyone. Voted a big up and more and passing on. (not dying...sharing:)

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 30, 2012:

Hi Chewy, that must have been awful! it is such a painful thing to have, I do think most people believe its just a small thing, but that's just not true. The best thing is to just keep drinking, water, blackcurrant and anything that will flush it through, glad you are okay, nell

Hi Kris, yes that does make sense, its the bacteria that causes all the trouble, just keep drinking, and wiping after going to the loo, thanks for reading, nell

Kris Heeter from Indiana on October 30, 2012:

Great article. I've only had it once or twice and that was enough! It can be so very painful. It can also occur in women shortly after being sexual active and that is something many young girls are not aware of. Some doctors recommend using the restroom shortly after to flush out bacteria.

Chewy Mommy on October 29, 2012:

I had my first UTI (cystitis) about 7 years ago and the pain got so bad I passed out. At that time I had never experienced a pain quite that intense and it was awful. I ended up on antibiotics and they helped clear it up. Later when I was pregnant I actually had to go on a low dose antibiotic because I kept getting UTIs. I have not had one since I had my kids though, thank goodness!

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 25, 2012:

Hi christin, sorry its taking me so long, the pc is playing up again! lol! good luck with the blackcurrant it really does work, and thanks for reading, nell

Ann-Christin from UK on October 24, 2012:

I have Cystitis right now and I've been searching for anything that might help. I'm drinking cranberry juice but hate the taste so now I will try blackcurrant instead. Thank you for this informative hub.

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 28, 2012:

Hi john, I am glad you found it helpful, I am not that fond of cranberry juice so I thought I would go and take a look to see if there was anything else out there as good. Black currant was such a bonus! I hope your wife finds it useful, and thanks so much, nell

John R Wilsdon from Superior, Arizona on July 28, 2012:

Your discussion of black current tea and its benefits has been very helpful. My wife occasionally gets a bladder infection and we have always used cranberry juice. The chemicals catechins and anthocyanins sound like wonder drugs! I now have this for a main go to. Nice to have multiple strategies. Thanks a voted useful!

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 24, 2012:

Hi Polly, yes it should be really helpful, I had never heard of it before, but when I get this problem I am definitely going to try it, thanks Polly, great help, nell

Pollyannalana from US on July 24, 2012:

I missed this, sorry. Any way, the corn silk tea would be a very inexpensive treatment for this too. I have only been told it works for this but I know it takes kidney pain away, so hope you will try it sometime!

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 13, 2012:

Thanks so much shara, I really appreciate your words, have a great day, cheers nell

Farhat from Delhi on June 13, 2012:

You are a living-encyclopedia nell, all your hubs are so knowledgable and well written, supported by the popular as well as scientific facts that it deeply convince the readers for the authenthicity of the topic at once... thanks a lot!

Nell Rose (author) from England on May 06, 2012:

Hi Claudia, thanks for reading. yes its one of those illnesses that can be painful and recurring. there are various reasons why we get it as you mentioned and I am glad you liked my hub, I did try to give as much info as possible, and funnily enough I was suffering from it when I wrote this, took my own advice and got better! lol!

Claudia Dias from London on May 06, 2012:

Hi, I've enjoyed reading your Hub, it gives a balanced perspective both on the scientific aspects of cystitis and on helpful natural treatments. In my practice I've found cystitis to be such a re-current problem, with most sufferers contracting it over and over again that I find it useful to look at the emotional and psychological patterns when the condition is associated with sexual inter-course. There are several homeopathic remedies that can be of assistance too.


Nell Rose (author) from England on April 21, 2012:

Hi Erika, I am so glad you found it helpful, I know how painful it can be, good luck, and I hope you are better soon, nell

ErikaPhantomx on April 21, 2012:

Found this article trying to find pain relief till I get to the doctors, thank-you so much! Helped me a lot x

Nell Rose (author) from England on March 08, 2012:

Hi, demi, make sure that you drink lots of water every day, and maybe you may also have an underlying infection? I would go to the Doctors to check it out, good luck, and thanks for reading, cheers nell

demi on March 08, 2012:

i suffer from this alot and its really annoying! i have been taking the powder you mix into water as that seems to be the only thing that works for me but after a few weeks it seems to return again!

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 12, 2012:

Hi, thanks for the added info, that sounds really helpful, nell

Eliminate Cancer from Massachusetts on January 12, 2012:

Enzyme products like Wobenzym (from Germany) work wonders for bringing everything into balance. I highly recommend this for anyone dealing with chronic cystitis.

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 16, 2011:

Hi, Janine, yes black currant is the best for this problem, it also tastes a lot nicer than cranberry! lol well I think so too! thanks again, nell

awomensjourney from uk on October 16, 2011:

Great hub information which could help so many and on a subject many don't want to talk about, black cuurent juice i will try this as i love natural products.


Nell Rose (author) from England on July 15, 2011:

Hi, Pinkchic, glad you found it helpful, and thanks for reading, cheers nell

Sarah Carlsley from Minnesota on July 15, 2011:

Great hub here, very helpful and some great tips!

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 14, 2011:

Hi, Zubair, thanks for the added info, I never knew about Saw Palmetto, I will have to go and look into it, cheers nell

Zubair Ahmed on July 14, 2011:

Hi Nell,

Thank you for sharing this info, just to let you know Saw Palmetto also helps relieve cystitis condition among other health benefits.

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 08, 2011:

Hi, Loveslove, a kidney infection is similar in pain to cystitis, horrible thing! I was going to use cranberry then discovered blackcurrant and you wouldn't believe how quickly the initial pain went off! it still hurt for a few days but that horrible pain was really dulled, thank goodness I found it! but I am fine now, thanks nell

Loveslove from England on July 08, 2011:

Hi Nell....Cystitis is something I have never had ,BUT I have had a kidney infection many years ago and boy oh boy what pain !! I do hope you are in better health now !

I have a friend who is constantly having some sort of urine infection or cystitis and she swears by Cranberry Juice and plenty of water !!

very informative hub ,thank you

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 14, 2011:

Hi, kitty, chocolate? oh no! seriously though, its strange about the white wine, I thought red would be better, maybe because I like red not white, can't they do anything about it?

Kitty Fields from Summerland on June 14, 2011:

Basically anything acidic bothers me...some of my most favorite foods! Coffee, red wine, chocolate, tea...water is the best thing to drink and white wine is less painful than red. Anytime, Nell! You rock, as always.

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 13, 2011:

Hi, kitty thanks for the information, what a horrible thing to happen, what sort of drinks or food do you have to eat? maybe you could write a hub about this as it is very important, thanks nell

Kitty Fields from Summerland on June 13, 2011:

Hi, Nell. I just recently found out that I have what's called Interstitial Cystitis...which means my bladder has holes in the inner lining and that acidic foods irritate my bladder to where I feel as though I have a bladder infection every day if I don't watch what I eat and drink! I have had many infections leading up to the diagnosis of IC. This is a very useful hub. It should be noted that some women who think they are getting chronic infections may in fact have IC...especially if they feel cranberry juice does not help but in fact irritates them even more. Thanks so much for revealing the truth about this is a severely painful one...both bacterial and IC!

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 12, 2011:

Hi, shygirl, I am so glad you found it helpful! it is a painful thing to have, thanks as always nell

shygirl2 on June 11, 2011:

Hey, thanks for this great hub and useful information. I will be sure to pass it along to my family, as I know my Momma has had some of these symptoms. Great job, Nell. Voted up and useful. : )

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 10, 2011:

Hi, DzyM, thanks anything else that will help is a bonus! It is a right pain! lol cheers nell

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on June 09, 2011:

Hi, Nell..

Great explanation... I've had it a few times in my middle-age years...and come to find out that being on birth-control pills can predispose you to the condition!! How annoying!

There is also another cause...about which I probably cannot go into great detail due to HP rules of decorum...let me just say, "How embarassing is it, after 20 years of marriage, to have the doctor write "honeymoon cystitis" on your chart??!!"

You made excellent points about the cranberry juice. I'd not heard of using black currant...that is good to know. In addition to the cranberry, a friend of mine who was into holistic care and prevention also said to add yogurt, and a daily dose of a capsule of Goldenseal herb. (Don't take too much of that--it can be laxative) But you know what?? The combination of those 3 things alleviated the symptoms WAY faster than the prescribed antibiotic from the doc! (Still took it for the cure, but it doesn't do much for the symptoms early on!) However, it is worth noting that the antibiotic may kill off beneficial "bugs" which is where the yogurt comes into play.

Voted up & useful!

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 09, 2011:

Hi, Tina, yes you are right, sometimes Antibiotics are the only thing you can take, especially if it goes to your kidneys, thanks again nell

Hi, Kathi, I will do that in future! at least two pints of water! thanks for reading it, cheers nell

Hi, Sa'ge, I thought I would try and help someone else with this, as I was in so much pain! lol thanks as always, nell

Hi, Martie, I know what you mean! lol that does tend to bring it on! but I am glad you are stocking up on the blackcurrant, it really did help, thanks as always nell

Martie Coetser from South Africa on June 09, 2011:

I've bookedmarked this hub and will stock some blackcurrant products for in case Cystititis takes his chance on me (again). If this was not a public site, I could've add some more causes. Thanks, Nell, for this information - so easy to understand.

Sa`ge from Barefoot Island on June 08, 2011:

this is a really great hub my dear. When we write from personal experience and solutions from these, we can speak with uch authority and touch so many people with being healed. I am so happy to hear you are on your way to good health once more. :) hugs ) blessed be :)

Kathi Mirto from Fennville on June 08, 2011:

Hi Nell, Oh my gosh, I used to get these all the time and yes, they are very painful. I have finally learned to drink more water and if I get that slight feeling of one coming on I drench myself and it seems to work! I'm glad you discovered the black current treatment and never knew about it so thanks so much for sharing this valuable information!

Granny's House from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time on June 08, 2011:

Nell, great hub I have never had cystitis but I have had a UTI. It was the worst thing I have ever been through. There is no other way to cure a UTI but with anti biotics. I waited two days before going to the doctors and she scolded me and said I should have came sooner. As soon as I took the meds I started feeling better.

I never want to go through that again


Nell Rose (author) from England on June 07, 2011:

Hi, Spirit, just came back to say, are you trying to confuse me? ha ha does matter exist? Humm! maybe we are all just imagination!

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 07, 2011:

Hi, Audrey, thanks, it does hurt! but I am getting there now! thank goodness! lol

Hi, beth, I should imagine that it has a higher content of acid, and acid is the one thing that will 'pinch' you, as my mother used to say! lol she couldn't drink it either, especially if you are prone to cystitis it's best to keep off it, unfortunately, thanks again nell

Hi, Alicia, it was only when I looked it up after drinking blackcurrant that I realised how good it was! thanks as always nell

Hi, agusfanani, thanks for the info, I must admit I have never heard of this, thanks that's great!

Hi, Chatkath, I don't really like it, but I think I had better get some in! lol thanks again nell

Hi, Fay, I hope you never do, it isn't very pleasant! lol thanks again nell

Hi, Ashantina, glad it was helpful, thanks so much nell

Hi, cangetthere, yes warm water is a good thing to drink, it can also help with flushing out toxins, and I agree about the sugar, as that can cause more problems, thanks again nell

Pauline from New Zealand on June 07, 2011:

hi Nell,

My health goes down hill from lack of water.Mainly I forget to drink just get too busy.I find drinking warm water clears things up quickly.Cranberry is good one but you have to find quality juice not filled with sugar.You hub is very useful and the best I have seen on the subject.Great stuff.

Ashantina on June 07, 2011:

Its always good to know that there are immediate natural remedies that can sort this painful infection out asa.


Fay Paxton on June 07, 2011:

Another great hub, Nell. I've certainly heard of cystitis but never really knew what it was. I hope I never have it, but if I do, thanks to you I'll know what it is.

up and very useful

Kathy from California on June 07, 2011:

Great hub, as usual Nell, always informative and well done. Cranberry juice is a good one for this as mentioned, tastes great too.

agusfanani from Indonesia on June 06, 2011:

A useful hub. People in where I live also use kidney tea (Orthosiphon stamineus Benth) to cure this illness.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on June 06, 2011:

Thank you for a very useful and important hub. Although I knew about the use of cranberry juice for cystitis, I didn't know that blackcurrant juice helped too.

Beth Perry from Tennesee on June 06, 2011:

Very informative!

My daughter and I both develop cystitis if we drink apple juice. I have often wondered why this is. Apple Juice is in fact the only drink or food item I know for certainty that does this to us, and eating apples or drinking apple cider doesn't, just the darned juice.

Audrey Kirchner from Washington on June 06, 2011:

Great tips on a horrible problem!

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 06, 2011:

Hi, christopher, still feeling a bit dodgy! but I am much better now, thanks nell

Hi, Hello hello, thanks they say write about what you know! ha ha well I did just that! ouch!

Hi, Pamela, I am still waiting to see if I need Antibiotics, I have to be careful as I had a kidney op a few years ago, thanks for reading, cheers nell

Hi, lily, thanks as always, you got me with the poem thing, but I did it! ha ha

Hi, Cardisa, I am glad you have never had it, it is really painful! lol thanks again nell

Hi, Case, poor you! that must have been terrible! the charge of the light brigade? lol what brought that to the surface? you been watching to many films? thanks again nell

Hi, Ruby, thanks as always, it does hurt when you get it, hope you never suffer! very painful!

Hi, Spirit, that does sound like me! wow! I never thought of that! thanks for the info, cheers nell

Hi, tebo, that's great! I will have to get some in, just in case! thanks again nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 06, 2011:

Hi, tipague, thanks so much, I hope this helps, it can be a very painful illness to hit you, cheers nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 06, 2011:

Hi, Nan, thanks for reading it, it is very painful and yes sitting in public loo's without taking care can cause it I am sure, cheers nell

tebo from New Zealand on June 06, 2011:

Very helpful suggestions Nell. Haven't had this problem for ages but when I did I used the baking soda in a glass of water trick which worked for me.

Xavier Nathan from Isle of Man on June 06, 2011:

Excellent hub with on the button practical advice that I have seen work with people who suffer from this condition. Using a lubricant before making love is also another way for women to avoid the condition.

As you know I believe that our physical symptoms are a reflection of underlying emotional problems. In my experience of treating people with this condition in my private practice I have found that in almost every case anxiety was the root cause and it was also coupled with the client's fear of letting go of old ideas and being fed up with their own inability to move on.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on June 06, 2011:

Very important hub Nell. I knew about the Cranberry juice, but not the Blackcurrant. I've never had this problem, but i know people who do. I will pass this info. on. Thank you.

CASE1WORKER from UNITED KINGDOM on June 06, 2011:

nell- good idea to highlight this- may i say that firstly this could be a killer! I suferred a bad attack in my twenties that had me in hospital with intravenous anti biotics and a massively raised temperature- every time i closed my eyes I was watching the charge of the light brigade in full glorious technicolour. I would advise anyone to drink and drink and drink and if not cleared upwithin 36 hours you must have anti biotics- i was saved owing to wonderful medical staff in Eniskillen, others have not been so lucky.

Carolee Samuda from Jamaica on June 06, 2011:

Hi Nell, you have done it again. Your hubs are so interesting and informative.

I am familiar with the condition, not by experience, but I never knew about the simple methods you mentioned to help alleviate the symptoms.

Thank you!

lilyfly on June 06, 2011:

Great Hub Sweetpea! I have cystitis, but I swallow enough cranberry to be one- it helps! Always useful, always informative, always quality, just like you! Love yaz, lily

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