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    Yesterday I took a muscle relaxer-my lower back was very tense. Well, this caused a terrible flare. I took two empracet, with no change in the pain at all. I tried to relax with a heating pad-no luck. So, I ended up down at emergency, praying that they would understand my condition. I was very lucky-everyone was great. They gave me a shot of demerol/gravol and gave me some pills to take home with me. I was a long night, and am not still not feeling 100%, but I am drinking a lot of water.
    I pray that this will all end (perhaps a remission!) soon. My bladder was just calming down since my flare at xmas and now this.
    thanks for listening.

    Peace, Love, Health, and Happiness!

  • #2
    Hi Alana. I understand your frustration. Hopefully they can find you something that will help with your pain soon. It may take a while so just be as patient as you can. There is hope. grouphug
    West Virginia Interstitial Cystitis/Prostatitis Support Group Leader
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    • #3
      I'm glad you were able to get some help from your ER visit. And hopefully you'll feel better very soon.

      Warm hugs,
      Stay safe

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      • #4
        Hi, I am also glad that the er was able to help you. Hope you feel better soon. It takes time to get the right meds and treatments for us to work. Hang in there. There is hope. Hope you feel better soon.
        Hang in there , There is hope.
        There is hope. Prayer works.

        Love, Debbie


        • #5
          Praying for you to get over this and also for a long remission so you can have a little relaxation time. Hugs,



          • #6
            That is wonderful that the ER staff was so compassionate and helpful! And you probably helped them understand IC a little better so that they will be even more helpful to the next patient who has it.

            I hope you continue to feel better and better. kissing

            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


            • #7
              Just want to add that I, too am glad you got some relief...and hope you continue to get better. I am still trying to get to "remission", too and still hanging in there with hope,
              Take Care,
              Always try to do the right thing; it will astonish some people and gratify the rest- Mark Twain

              DX: IC-2003, Systemic Lupus w/secondary Sjogren's-2009, Total Hysterectomy with BSO-2005, IBS-forever it seems, Renal Tubular Acidosis, Vitamin D deficiency-2008, Vulvar Vestibulitis-2002, Pudendal Neuralgia-2008
              I also try and manage depression/anxiety, Migraines, Too many kidney stones to count-starting in 1991 to the present
              I had my 1st urethral surgery at age 4, have had urethral syndrome from then on.
              Failed treatments: Elmiron both instilled and oral caused severe increase in liver enzymes
              Elavil and Ditropan-severe bladder retention
              Currently on pain mgmt, lidocaine gel topically also gives some relief after initial 2-4 min burning when applied.
              Prior treatment included pelvic floor therapy and TENS unit, both of which I still do as needed.


              • #8
                I hope you feel better soon. So the muscle relaxer did that? OUCH! Don't worry things will get better. IC isn't all about the pain. THere are good days too. I've been in a remmission for a few months now. It can happen to you too. Hang in there.

                "Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it"

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                • #9
                  glad you got help at the er, sorry you were in pain.. have you tried flexeril i tak 2 5mg a day and it dosent bother my ic.
                  'The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.'