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    So I have my first PST tomorrow and am a bit nervous. Is it really uncomfortable? I am really nervous it will set off a flair. i have a 8 hour drive next weekend. Any advice would be nice.
    Kate in NH
    I have numerous health problems, including endometriosis, IC, pudendal neuralgia, pelvic floor dysfunction, pelvic dyssnergia.
    My meds:
    Seasonale
    Atarax
    Zanaflex
    Elavil
    Lactalose

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    I have not had that particular test, but have seen reports from many who have. Most will tell you that when the potassium solution is instilled, it does cause pain --- but the solution is immediately removed and a soothing solution instilled, which stops the pain.

    I'm sure others will chime in here.

    Donna
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    • #3
      Kate,
      I had the PST done in Nov and that is how my gyn diagnoised me with IC. I was really nervous about it espically the cath because I hadn't had one in awhile. They used a very small cath so it only pinched a little, nothing bad and then the potasium solution they used did burn, but for me it wasn't horrible pain but it was very uncomfortable. As soon as I told her it was burning she took it out and put in the rescue installation and told me to hold that as long as I could. I personally did not get a flare from it but that's just me. Hope this helps to ease your fears. Of all the tests I've had done so far for the IC this was the easiest and least painful in my opinion.
      Christine



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      • #4
        Thanks for the info
        I have numerous health problems, including endometriosis, IC, pudendal neuralgia, pelvic floor dysfunction, pelvic dyssnergia.
        My meds:
        Seasonale
        Atarax
        Zanaflex
        Elavil
        Lactalose

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