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    Hi everyone,

    My uro. is doing my testing tomorrow morning
    I have to be there at 5:30 am! The test is at 7:00. Hopefully, my baby will sleep good tonight...'cause we've got an early morning.

    I'm not particularly nervous or anything. I'm having a "package deal" surgery. The uro is doing his thing and then the ob/gyn is coming right behind him to do her surgery. So, they're just going to put me under "general" for the whole process...instead of local and then general.

    The uro. already told me that he is almost positive it is IC. He said that all of my symptoms are "textbook." I never even heard of IC until he told me about it (my gyn refered me to his office)...so I'm doing a lot of research now.

    It sure is nice to finally have some answers to these issues.
    Anyway, I'm sure all will go well tomorrow. I'll update as soon as I find out the "official" results.

    Blessings. -J
    Most days I'm the eternal optimist , but on the days I'm not, for your personal safety and sanity's sake, stay away.

    I have too many chronic illnesses to mention: so I won't.

    "I could have missed the pain, but I'd have had to miss the dance." -Garth Brooks

    "I will never give up on my dreams; I will simply modify my path for reaching them." -J (me)

  • #2
    Hi Private!
    Good luck with your procedure tomorrow. Remember IF the dr. doesn't see "all the proof" you can still have IC.....they diagnose from the symptoms. That's how my IC specialist diagnosed me a few years back. Just think.....tomorrow night at this time.....it'll all be behind you! Best Wishes..Roxie

    Double Spinal Cord Stimulator surgery 8/09
    Unsuccessful MiniArc sling surgery 12/07
    Dx'd Hypothyroid
    Dx'd Chronic Axonal Neuropathy & Myopathy
    June 2007
    Dx'd IC May 2006 (after suffering for 25+ yrs!)
    First Cysto 1979
    First Hydro 1981 (Many treatments since then!)
    Collagin"Durasphere" injections for urethra
    Gall bladder surgery Aug. 2004
    Gastric Bypass Dec. 2004
    Dx'd: Barrett's Esphogus July 2004
    Dx'd: Vaginal Atrophy 2005
    Bladder surgery 2000
    Dx'd: IBS 2000
    Hysterectomy (fibroids) 1999
    Laminectomy 1989
    Dx'd: Degerative Disk Disorder 1989

    For IC I use Elmiron, Elavil and Freeze dried Aloe Vera (it works likes Elmiron, but naturally)and Azo as needed. I also take Zegerid, Randitine for Barrett's Esophagus. (which causes me to have constant yeast infections!)I take Cymbalta for Neuopathy/Myopathy pain. I use the Climara patch for menopause symptoms. I'm on a very strict diet because of the IC, IBS and Gastric Bypass. I take Primal Defense Probiotics and whole food Iron.
    I no longer have the awful urethral pain! I've been using MSM gel now for 4 mo. and haven't had a flare up or the urethra pain.....it's amazing stuff!!:woohoo:

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    • #3
      good luck privatepain...let us know how it all goes.

      tracy
      (Added by ICNMgrJill on 5/19/08. I am sad to share that Verdicries (aka Tracy) lost her life in a tragic accident just a few days ago. We will miss her support, her encouragement, her sense of humor and, of course, the joy that she found as a mother and wife).

      Tracy ~ 29 years old with Toxoplasmosis (from birth), Fibro/CFS (since age 13...ouch), severe IC, IBS-D, severe PFD (surgery made it even worse), vulvodynia, hiatal hernia, GERD, ulcers, severe gastritis, numbness/tingling in extremeties, pelvic nerve damage--mainly urethral, urinary retention, pelvic reconstruction 7.10.07 (fixed rectocele, rectal prolapse, lifted bladder, urethra, uterus, and repaired vaginal walls), Raynaud's, 2 severely herniated discs in neck and one in low back, anemia, PCOS, anxiety/depression/panic attacks (since forever). Still having major bowel problems (inability to empty rectum...any ideas?? ).

      I'd like to be on House, MD as a medical mystery.

      Married to Craig, a saint amongst men...who puts up with me and my eccentricities...

      Connor & Mommy by the tree:


      Connor with Santa...so happy!


      I take: LIQUID Atarax, Flomax, Soma (yet again), acidophilus, Glucosamine/Chondroitin with MSM & collagen, d-mannose. MAJOR flare from Cystoprotek! Re-trying freeze dried aloe vera w/some decent results!

      Tried and failed: Elavil, Ultram, Prosed DS, Benadryl, Bentyl, Valium, Ativan, Zanaflex, Librax, Sanctura (all caused retention among other things), bladder instills (owwwwww!), Elmiron (allergic-throat tightening). Failed Interstim-no feeling in sacral nerves...

      I'm allergic to penicillan, sulfa, reglan, quinolones, clindamycin, and now LATEX!

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      • #4
        Good luck tomorrow!! I am sure everything will go just fine.
        Kim

        Diagnosed August 2001

        Current IC meds: Elmiron (since 2001), Levaquin (one pill after intercourse to prevent UTIs), Effexor (for depression & anxiety)


        Past IC meds: Amitriptyline (Elavil), Hydroxyzine (Vistaril), Detrol LA, Lexapro (for depression & anxiety, but also helped my IC) (They all helped, but I was able to discontinue them.)

        I've been virtually symptom free and able to eat & drink whatever I'd like for about 8 years now.

        *****************************

        “We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms -- to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.” ~ Viktor Frankl

        “You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.” ~ Brian Tracy

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        • #5
          Good luck!! Hope the baby sleeps well for you tonight.
          Roxie is right, my bladder looked normal on the hydro but then the bladder biopsy is what actually proved the IC.
          Christine



          I have been diagnoised for 6 1/2 years now. I have taken a long break from the ICN but really miss helping out my fellow IC patients and want to get back into posting.
          1st hydro 4/07 showed no visible signs of IC but tons of mast cells in all my biopsy samples which did prove IC.
          2nd hydro 4/13/09 showed dark purple glomerulations and I had a capacity of 450 cc's. This hydro proved that my IC had progressed.
          I have tried every oral medication as well as rescue instills and DMSO.

          I have been lucky enough to see Dr Hanno, the top IC specialist in PA who has told me due to the fact that I have not responded to any "standard" treatments that I have a severe, end stage case of IC with a horrible quality of life (didn't have to tell me that last part!)

          Proud wifey of Shane, mommy to Griffin, and step-mom to Logan and Gage
          Also proud mom to the best Bullmastiff on earth, Claus

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          • #6
            I'll be thinking of you.

            Warm hugs,
            Donna
            Stay safe


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            Click on ICN Shop at the top of this page. You'll find Bladder Builder and Bladder Rest, both of which we are finding have excellent results.

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            • #7
              thanks everyone

              thanks everyone for your support! My hydro. showed I have "severe" IC, according to my uro. I'm both sad and relieved at the same time. Obviously, I do not want another chronic illness, but I DO want answers. At least this explains the painful intercourse and bad pelvic pain.

              The hydro. left me unable to urinate and with horrible bladder spasms. I've been to the uro. three days in a row to get help. Yesterday, the catheter helped tremendously. I went in today, and they took it out, and showed me how to cathetarize myself at home.

              I hope everyone's doing well. Blessings. -J
              Most days I'm the eternal optimist , but on the days I'm not, for your personal safety and sanity's sake, stay away.

              I have too many chronic illnesses to mention: so I won't.

              "I could have missed the pain, but I'd have had to miss the dance." -Garth Brooks

              "I will never give up on my dreams; I will simply modify my path for reaching them." -J (me)

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              • #8
                Hope you feel better sooon! At least you have some answers now.

                Erika
                IC diagnosed officially via cysto/urodynamics 1/26/07

                Grade II Endometriosis diagnosed via lap 12/11/07

                "Fall down seven times, Stand up eight."

                "Life is a tragedy for those who feel and a comedy for those who think."

                Current Treatments:
                Interstim Since 5/25/07!
                Birth Control

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                • #9
                  Hi Private,
                  I'm sorry that you had to go through that whole ordeal but like you said, at least now you know! Now you are on your way to getting better! Rest and recoup! Roxie

                  Double Spinal Cord Stimulator surgery 8/09
                  Unsuccessful MiniArc sling surgery 12/07
                  Dx'd Hypothyroid
                  Dx'd Chronic Axonal Neuropathy & Myopathy
                  June 2007
                  Dx'd IC May 2006 (after suffering for 25+ yrs!)
                  First Cysto 1979
                  First Hydro 1981 (Many treatments since then!)
                  Collagin"Durasphere" injections for urethra
                  Gall bladder surgery Aug. 2004
                  Gastric Bypass Dec. 2004
                  Dx'd: Barrett's Esphogus July 2004
                  Dx'd: Vaginal Atrophy 2005
                  Bladder surgery 2000
                  Dx'd: IBS 2000
                  Hysterectomy (fibroids) 1999
                  Laminectomy 1989
                  Dx'd: Degerative Disk Disorder 1989

                  For IC I use Elmiron, Elavil and Freeze dried Aloe Vera (it works likes Elmiron, but naturally)and Azo as needed. I also take Zegerid, Randitine for Barrett's Esophagus. (which causes me to have constant yeast infections!)I take Cymbalta for Neuopathy/Myopathy pain. I use the Climara patch for menopause symptoms. I'm on a very strict diet because of the IC, IBS and Gastric Bypass. I take Primal Defense Probiotics and whole food Iron.
                  I no longer have the awful urethral pain! I've been using MSM gel now for 4 mo. and haven't had a flare up or the urethra pain.....it's amazing stuff!!:woohoo:

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                  • #10
                    I'm so sorry to hear that you have servere IC but at least now you know and can know hopefully get some treatment. I hope that you heal soon and are able to go on your own w/o cathing.
                    Christine



                    I have been diagnoised for 6 1/2 years now. I have taken a long break from the ICN but really miss helping out my fellow IC patients and want to get back into posting.
                    1st hydro 4/07 showed no visible signs of IC but tons of mast cells in all my biopsy samples which did prove IC.
                    2nd hydro 4/13/09 showed dark purple glomerulations and I had a capacity of 450 cc's. This hydro proved that my IC had progressed.
                    I have tried every oral medication as well as rescue instills and DMSO.

                    I have been lucky enough to see Dr Hanno, the top IC specialist in PA who has told me due to the fact that I have not responded to any "standard" treatments that I have a severe, end stage case of IC with a horrible quality of life (didn't have to tell me that last part!)

                    Proud wifey of Shane, mommy to Griffin, and step-mom to Logan and Gage
                    Also proud mom to the best Bullmastiff on earth, Claus

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