Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

No clear evidence for pain

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • ICNDonna
    replied
    If your doctor is not willing to do a hydrodistention, you might ask about having a potassium sensitivity test done. When I had my first cysto, my bladder appeared to be completely healthy and normal. I even had some polyps removed from my bladder under anesthesia without the IC showing itself. It wasn't until my bladder was over-distended under anesthesia that the IC was apparent.

    Donna

    Leave a comment:


  • wombat
    replied
    Thank you. I saw my doctor the other day and she had some results sent from the urologist. Apparently the uro did do a biopsy and there are something that I think she said were called skin tags(?) which indicate some type of infection/damage that may have been there in the past - is no longer present but has left signs it was there. So still not sure if I also have IC, or whether it is neuropathic pain entirely relating to my fibromyalgia condition. IC and fibro are often found to be co-occuring conditions anyway.

    Feeling much better now anyway - have increased my Tramadol intake back to 100mg slow release which has helped with the pain.

    Cheers,
    wombat

    Leave a comment:


  • vm
    replied
    Just seconding what tiggergal said - a cystoscopy without hydrodistension will rarely show the signs of IC so it isn't surprising that it didn't for you. You could still have IC.

    I think you'll definitely find some others here who are experiencing the same frustrations with not having a diagnosis yet, but definitely having the symptoms of IC. Hopefully they'll see your post soon.

    Leave a comment:


  • wombat
    replied
    Thankyou. I had the cystoscopy as a day procedure in hospital, but not hydrodestention under general sedation. I'll speak to my doctor and urologist about this. Having a challenging day today, but just have to remind myself that things do get better again.

    Leave a comment:


  • tigger_gal
    replied
    I am glad you found us.. Did you just have an in office cysto? because if that is all you head, there is no way for them to tell if you have IC. Usually doctors do a hydrodestention/cystoscopy under general sedation in the hospital. The can also tell my a potassium test, but there not very reliable because a normal bladder can react to it too, from what I have been told. I hope you find your answers..

    Leave a comment:


  • wombat
    started a topic No clear evidence for pain

    No clear evidence for pain

    Hi, i'm new to the forum, and it is so helpful to read other people's stories and learn from their experiences.

    I have had fibromyalgia and migraines since I was 13 (for 19 yrs now) and developed severe bladder pain in Feb 2005. I have had numerous investigations which have not been able to identify the cause of my pain, including ultrasounds, blood tests, hysteroscopy and laprascopy in August 2005 (when I started to think there was something wrong in reproductive area), and a week ago a cystoscopy which showed my bladder to look normal.

    However, I have had constant severe bladder pain for 2 years, and apart from the lack of visible signs of IC on bladder wall, my symptoms are so much like IC. Fortunately my problems with frequency are not too bad, but the pain has been extreme and pushed me to my limits many times. Is there anyone else out there confused like me who is in a lot of pain but it is not showing up in diagnositc tests? I did read somewhere on the net that sometimes bladder abnormalities can take a few years to show up on cystoscopy, so is possible to have pain but not visible signs yet. It is possible I may have what the urologist called bladder fibromyalgia (chronic neuropathic pain in bladder). After the cystoscopy my body acted like it had a UTI including fever/feeling unwell - still waiting for pathology results), but whenever I've been tested for these symptoms in the past, as I have been intermittantly over the last 2 yrs, the results come back negative.

    I have struggled at times with depression which always develops in conjunction with bad pain flares. Some of my strategies for coping include listening to music, playing guitar, meditation, breathing through the pain, being in nature, and distractions like TV or getting on with a task. But sometimes pain is too severe to do anything. Can spend days in bed, barely able to stand, let alone walk. Have to keep my spirits up. Have started gentle yoga classes that combine Feldenkreis - was in a lot of pain after first class but have coped well since. Has been good for body awareness.

    Anyway, just wondering how others out there who might still have no clear diagnosis manage to cope with the pain and uncertainty.

    Thanks again for this forum - is so helpful.
Working...
X