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    Hello I am really new to all this and a bit confused. One of my major symptoms is URGENCY. I can go, or at least feel the need to go, every 5-10 minutes. What out there actually helps for urgnecy/frequency rather than pain?

    Thanks in advance for any responses!!
    Diagnosed with IC April 2007
    Stage IV Endometriosis - April 2005

    Current Medications:

    Elmiron - 3x/day 100mg
    Elavil - 50mg at night
    Enablex - 15mg/day
    YAZ - Birth control to stop my period (Period = FLARE!)

    Additional Herbs & Supplements:

    Cystoprotek (6 pills/day)
    MSM/Glucosamine Capsules
    MSM gel (For Urethral Pain)
    Omega 3 Fish Oil
    Indole-3-Carbinol (For the Endometriosis)

    Too many medications for a 25 year old!

    I WILL conquer this disease!

  • #2
    Hi and . Urgency is miserable. I've found that an overactive bladder medicine (for me Ditropan XL) helps with urgency. Back when I was at my worst, I would do things like time my bathroom breaks. It gets tricky when you just can't tell whether you need to go or not. I would let myself go about once an hour.

    Self-help for urgency can include ice or heat. Heat works best for me. A warm heating pad is ideal. A plain warm bath can also be soothing.

    I hope that helps at least some. You'll find some great support on these boards and some wonderful people!
    ~ Stacey

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    • #3
      I was prescribed detrol for over active bladder but it did nothelp me. It just reduced my flow to a dribble. When I started instills that took care of urgency, frequency, reteniton and all my other symptoms.

      I would certainly try anything the MD suggested. Detrol and ditropan work great for a lot of people.
      TREATMENT: PRN lidocaine/heparin Home Instillations since 2004
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      Thank you for allowing me to share my experiences and offer support. Your physician is the only one to give you medical advice. I hope sharing the information from this site will help you and your physician develop successful management of your IC.
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      • #4
        urgency

        elavil 25mg at night helps me

        but it also helps to figure out what caused the frequency
        if its food related..i drink alot of water to pee it out
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        Current Meds:
        AM Cystoprotek & ATARAX 50mg
        Dinner CYSTOPROTEK
        PM Elavil 25mg

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        • #5
          I had marked improvement with Elavil.
          I too tried the OAB meds, however they did nothing but cause retention.

          Have you asked your Dr about bladder retraining? If not, it might be worth a shot.

          Feel better soon!
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          • #6
            The other thing I forgot is figuring out dietary triggers. Even though my symptoms are mostly under control now, I still have trouble with increased urgency when I eat or drink something that bothers my bladder.
            ~ Stacey

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            • #7
              It sounds like some have relief from the OAB meds and some do not... Detrol was the first thing they gave me when I went in 2.5 years ago with my symptoms (well, once all the anti-biotics didnt cure the UTI they thought I had)... It took a couple months before I really noticed a difference on it, but I went from going about 8x's a night, and every half hour to a more "normal" amount. My doc then told me a few months ago to stop the Detrol, that maybe it's really not doing anything for me. So I did, and I started getting up 4xs a night within a week so I started back up again. Some days are better than others of course with the frequency, but the urgency seems to be there most of the time... when I have to go, I have to go! Can't hurt to try it!

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