Painful Urination With Vitamin C Supplements?

I started supplementing Vitamin C, using Garden of Life Vitamin Code Raw Vitamin C, which is extremely high rated, but even on a lower dose than the recommended starting dose, I experienced pain when going to the toilet..

After reading in James Wilson’s Adrenal Fatigue book about adrenal fatigue and vitamin c, and researching some more on it, I decided to add vitamin c supplementation to my daily regime, to promote recovery of my adrenal fatigue.

I went for Garden of Life’s Vitamin C as it is the best rated vitamin c supplement out there. General advice, like from Dr James Wilson, is to slowly increase the dosage taken daily, until you feel the need to go loo a lot, and then  you drop to the last dose that did not cause this symptom, and know that this is the dose you need.

However, the starting dose is two capsules a day, and I started on one a day, which, within days, caused pain when urinating. A pain so bad I thought I could have a UTI! So I stopped the vitamin c, and it subsided over a few days. I decided to stop all vitamin supplements I take and slowly reintroduce them one by one, to confirm it was the addition of vitamin C giving me this problem.

So I stopped them all for a week, and then added in my Selenium and B complex.. after three days, I was feeling OK. Then I reintroduced Vitamin D (and K, always taken together), and still felt OK. I added in my cod liver and omega three which was also fine, and after another few days, I added in the vitamin c, which I took in the morning, and had pain within a few hours of taking it, so I stopped and haven’t taken it again.

Doing some research, these possibilities for why came up:

  • Interstitial cystitis (chronic inflammation of the bladder wall and certain foods or supplements can cause a flare up). It could be possible that this form of Vitamin C is acidic and acidity is an enemy of interstitial cystitis.
  • Could it be the digestive enzyme blend that is included in it.
  • Could be an oxalate problem.
  • This brand may not be buffered, so I could try a buffered brand such as Ester-C.
  • So, trying another brand can be better for some people, we’re all different, after all.

I’ll have a think and do some more exploring and let you know how it goes. It’s never just simple, is it?!

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About Rachel Hill, The Invisible Hypothyroidism

Diagnosed with Hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME), as well as having Adrenal Fatigue and experience with Depression and Anxiety Disorder, Rachel Hill blogs at theinvisiblehypothyroidism.com to help others, covering all aspects of what it’s like to have these conditions. Rachel is one of the many faces of thyroid disease and she’s passionate about helping those with hypothyroidism and giving them a voice.
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