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    Been two weeks now since having to give up my tens. The pain is right back to the way it was in the beginning. Forgot really how bad it was. Amazing how it could go so bad in just 2 little weeks. I have no clue what to do now for the pain. Most pain meds make me sick or way to dizzy or just out of it so I can't do anything. Darvacet did nothing. This is just so stupid! How can a bladder cause so much pain to begin with?
    Last edited by ICNDonna; 06-01-2007, 12:45 PM.

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    Medications like darvocet and vicodin are very effective pain medications. I use my TENS unit too. Do you still have your unit? I bought mine so all I have to spend to use it is for the electrodes, which last quite a while.

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    • #3
      I agree it sounds liek the TENS was helping and you may need to go back to using it again to regain the relief you need.

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      • #4
        I take vicodine and find it very helpful. I am sorry that it is not helping you. Maybe you can get a used model for cheeper. I wish I had better suggestions for you. feel better quick.
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        • #5
          I still have my Tens but can't use it because I can't afford the supplies for it anymore and medicaid won't pay for them. They will only pay for a certain kind and I can't use those. Go figure. The tens was a big help with the IC and now I guess I am back to square one after 8 years. Not sure if I should say anything to my Uro about the vicoden not helping. He has already gone out of his way to help me on other things and he isn't to happy about me not wearing the tens anymore too but I Told him can't afford it. Of course maybe if I printed out some money then I could.

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          • #6
            Vicodine is a synthetic so closely related to codiene that I am allergic to it also.
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            • #7
              Have you tried other pain killers like tramadol and neurontin?

              Initially vicodin worked a little for me, but mostly it just made me nauseated and apathetic about the pain (but the pain was still there).
              current meds:
              cytotec 200mcg twice daily
              toprol
              allegra

              ONLY 3 MEDICATIONS!!! YAY! Would never have dreamed this is possible

              dx: hashimoto's thyroiditis 1998
              dx: interstitial cystitis via cystoscopy with hydrodistention and biopsy 2003
              dx: endometriosis 2003
              dx: innapropriate sinus tacchicardia 2005

              meds tried but failed:
              elavil (6months)- severe tachycardia
              elmiron (1yr6mo.)- no improvement, nausea, hair loss, stomach ulcers
              a bunch of others



              Me and my best friend's baby (also my Godson!)

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              • #8
                I had nueroton once but I couldn't function on it. Sat zonked out for the rest of the day. I have tried others but they just don't agree with me and I don't want something where I have to sleep all day. I went for groceries this morning and some errands and I feel like crying. I am so miserable and tired. I just don't seem to have a life anymore and wondering if I will be able to physically take care of the kittens and Patches. Their all I have to hold on to.

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                • #9
                  Both my mom and I take neurontin, and we both found that it takes about a week to adjust. The first week you're really really sleepy and then after that your body gets used to it and the sleepiness usually goes away. On what dosage did your doctor put you on? You can also gradually work up to a higher dosage, by starting on 100mcg and then 200mcg and then 300mcg and so on.... Personally, neurontin was my life saver....
                  current meds:
                  cytotec 200mcg twice daily
                  toprol
                  allegra

                  ONLY 3 MEDICATIONS!!! YAY! Would never have dreamed this is possible

                  dx: hashimoto's thyroiditis 1998
                  dx: interstitial cystitis via cystoscopy with hydrodistention and biopsy 2003
                  dx: endometriosis 2003
                  dx: innapropriate sinus tacchicardia 2005

                  meds tried but failed:
                  elavil (6months)- severe tachycardia
                  elmiron (1yr6mo.)- no improvement, nausea, hair loss, stomach ulcers
                  a bunch of others



                  Me and my best friend's baby (also my Godson!)

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                  • #10
                    I find the same thing with Vicodin. It makes me feel nauseated and really does nothing for the pain. However Lortab (in same family) works a bit better. I have been using Percocet when I am really bad and have had good luck with Norco as well. Darvocet works sometimes if my pain is real mild.
                    TELL your Dr. the Vicodin isn't working for you so he can get you a better medication. Hang in there.

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                    • #11
                      Mary

                      I sent you a PM regarding tens supplies.

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                      • #12
                        I felt just the same way until I got on Topamax. If it weren't for that....

                        Now I just have flare days, like I always read about, but never experienced. Before it was one long flare. You hopefully can find something that will help like that.

                        It sounds like you need to tell your doctor how sad you are feeling maybe?

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                        • #13
                          Maybe you need to start on lower dosages of neurontin and work your way up to the theraputic dose. It takes more than one day of taking a med to know if it's going to work or not, and it takes more than one day for your body to get used to the side effects. You have to be patient, and you may find that the neurontin is very helpful. It's helped a lot of people here.
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                          • #14
                            They usually start you on Neurontin at 100mg for aweek then at 200mg and go to 300mg. It does take awhile to get over the side effects. Also some take this medicine at nighttime only, while others take it all day long, (when i took it I took 900mg at night -didn't take any during the day) -yes I was dizzy for a week or so but everything was ok after that.) Topamax is another one, but be aware, you don't need to be on this and Neurontin at the same time!! (I think alot of IC'ers are on it - if they are hopefully their doctors are aware of this and will take them off of the Neurontin.) Getting on my high horse again! Sorry!!)
                            Also, why won't Medicaid pay for your patches for your TENS unit? Can't your Uro write them a note and let them know that you are allergic to that brand? It might be worth a try. Good luck.

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                            • #15
                              So sorry. Darvocet doesn't work for me, but I find vicoden quite effective. Maybe Vicoden isn't the right drug for you. Hope you feel better soon.

                              Erika
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