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  • Eline
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    The pitch was too long, I didn't get further than 4 sentences before getting interrupted, but that was enough to get his attention.

    Also, he tossed my typed out list with symptoms, history and triggers aside at first. But then he read it very carefully. I can definitely recommend bringing such a list to anyone, because after a long, agonizing wait, you lose your wits and you forget the important stuff.

    The good news is that when I said I tought it might be IC, he agreed that 'IC should definitely be considered in this case'. However, he wants to rule out other things first. So, I need to have another urodynamics and cystoscopy first, and depending on the results of those, he will see if a biopsy is needed.

    The best part of all this is that he wants wants someone from the senior staff around to discuss the results of the urodynamics and cysto 'who is specialised in IC'. Finally!

    Of course, I'll have to wait a while for this to be possible. Next appointment end of August. But with a good holiday in between and possible light at the end of the tunnel, I can wait...

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  • Eline
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    Thank you. I'll be sure to keep you all updated...

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  • Linda May
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    Excellent, if that don't get his attention nothing will well said.

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  • ICNDonna
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    Well said. Let us know how your doctor responds.


    Donna

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  • Zygala87
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    Sounds good and to the point. Let us know what feed-back you get please. You are wise to put it short and too the point. Giving all information you have up front will hopefully save much time. I'm pulling for you. Hugs, Ziggy

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  • Eline
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    'Pitch' for the urologist

    I read a pitch for icers elsewhere on this site, a very useful short, convincing message. I'm seeing a new urologist on Thursday and decided to prepare it really well, including writing a pitch to get his attention (a bit long for a pitch, but well). Whatever his first question will be, this will be my answer. Hopefully it will covince him to take the matter serious.

    "I will hand you a list with my symptoms, but mostly I'm here because I am in pain. Episodes come and go, but when I am in one, saying that I am in pain is an understatement. The pain is taking me over, leaving room for nothing else.

    This disease has a huge impact on my life. I need to call in sick too often, and I cancel appointments with friends. I want to give my employer and friends a good explanation. This thing is causing me to change my habits in many ways, including my sex life, to name a sensational one.

    I'm coming to you, because I want to know what is causing this. I want to know if this is going to be a chronic thing for the rest of my life and if there are treatment options. But most of all, I'm here because I can't bear this pain any longer."

    After that, I'll hand them a comprehensive list of symptoms, known irritants, and solutions I tried in the past, and share my IC-suspicions.

    Any comments are welcome. I'd be curious to hear your stories about grabbing attention at the doctor's office!
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