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    I have read alot of the posts that people are having the same problem as me with getting meds to manage pain. When I had the hydro/cysto and d&c in Sept. I had already been in alot of pain for many months. I started the usual regimen after confirmation of IC-Elavil, Atarax, Elmiron, Pyridium Plus when needed, hydrocodone 7.5/500 every 4-6 hours when needed(40 per month that I never asked to be refilled early), as well as 6 weeks of instillations. Well, that worked good except that I was having my period 2 or more times a month and having extreme flares with it. It got to where I felt really good the other days of the month. My gyno decided to do a lap/hysterectomy, much to my relief. I thought "Great, then things will get better". I had percocet from him the last two weeks since surgery until yesterday. I knew my bladder was what was causing the most pain now(more pain with this flare than ever). So he decided I needed to see the uro for pain meds. Gave me hydrocodone 5/500(what a joke) every 6 hours, 10 pills to last until I could get in with the uro!I was in so much pain last nite I had to take 2 every 4-5 hours just to get a couple hours sleep. Went to the uro today to have my urine cultured. My uro was at his other office so he told the nurse to call in my pain meds. Normally the script has been hydrocodone 7.5/500 1-2 every 4-6 hours as needed 40 pills for the month. Well, imagine my surprise when I got to the store(in major pain by now) and he prescribed 10 pills, same strength every 6 hours. I am still hurting, have done warm bath, heating pad, etc as usual and still have had very little relief. I have just had major surgery, am a single parent to an extremely ADHD 4 yr old and am in more pain than I have been in a long time. Now what do I do.I finally took 2 of the pills a little while ago and am hoping it will finally help. Even my mom said that was ridiculous after all the pain I have had since surgery. The first 5 days I had to take 2 percocet every 4 hours just to be able to eat or walk to the bathroom. My gyno wants the uro to prescribe the pain meds and the uro gave me enough for 2 and 1/2 days. The nurse said the culture probably won't be back till Friday either.
    I even made the appointment and paid to see them and it seems like he just didn't understand. I guess the fact he wasn't even there when I thought he would see me also upset me too. I am more than willing to get the instillations again ( they really helped after the first 2), sign a pain contract, or even go to a pain clinic if needed. I have had experience without much pain now and can see what it is like to have a pretty normal day and I want that back! Any suggestions would be helpful and sorry this ended up being so long.

    Marsha

    Meds:
    For IC;
    Elmiron-100mg 2 twice a day
    Hydroxyzine(generic Atarax)-25mg one at night
    Amitriptyline(generic Elavil)-25mg 2 at night,1 in morning if needed
    Enablex-15mg once a day
    Pyridium-200mg 1 every 8 hours as needed
    Levsin-1 every 4-6 hours as needed
    Ultracet(tramadol+acetaminophen)37.5mg- 1-2 every 6 hours as needed for pain

    Other meds;
    Relafen 500mg-1 tab twice a day for arthritis pain
    Cymbalta-60mg 1 tab onc a day
    Prilosec OTC
    Zyrtec OTC

    Diagnosis's:
    Severe IC(of course)
    Degenerative Disc disease
    Carpal Tunnel
    TMJ
    Personality Disorder(with borderline features)-anxiety/depression/panic attacks
    Osteoarthritis-right hip

  • #2
    Marsha,

    I feel for all you've been through and yet you're hanging in there. I've been suffering with ic for a year, not able to work or do any of my normal activities, etc. My uro had bee prescribing elmiron, vistaril, valium and maxidone. In November he told me to see a pain dr. because he wouldn't write me any more scripts for valium or maxidone. There was a lapse of 2 weeks before I could get appt. w/pain dr. and I was out of valium. M uro refused to call in the valium. I couldn't believe he left me hanging, it was just horrible. My family dr. did, thank God, because after going without for 7-10 days I was in total agony, flare etc.

    Anyway, I saw the pain dr. and was very pleasantly surprised. He treats a lot of ic patients so he is very familiar with our disease. He has consolidated some of my meds. and given me new pain meds. and I;ll return in 2 wks. If these don't work he told me about MANY other treatments, medications that could help. Anotherwards, don't be discouraged if these meds. didn't help. I was amazed there were so many treatments. I can't tell you how relieved I am.

    I hope this helps you. It sounds like you need a pain dr. desperately and like NOW. I hate that you're suffering needlessly and these dr's. aren't listening to you. Perhaps you need to get really really firm in explaining this to your dr., and insist on speaking with only dr. and even seeing every day if necessary to get meds. until you can get to pain dr.

    My prayers go out to you, warm hugs too.

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    • #3
      The nurse may have just given you enough to get you through until the culture results. If you have an infection, the treatment would be different than for an IC flare. If you don't hear back by the time you are down to a full day's supply of pain meds, I would call the uro back and request more.

      Sending healing thoughts,
      Donna
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      • #4
        Thanks Donna and Julie. I am sitting here, and walking the floors almost in tears. I have just changed the stick-on heating pad and hope that will also help. I just get so frustrated when I am doing all they ask and still feel like I have to beg for meds. Thanks so much for the support!

        Marsha

        Meds:
        For IC;
        Elmiron-100mg 2 twice a day
        Hydroxyzine(generic Atarax)-25mg one at night
        Amitriptyline(generic Elavil)-25mg 2 at night,1 in morning if needed
        Enablex-15mg once a day
        Pyridium-200mg 1 every 8 hours as needed
        Levsin-1 every 4-6 hours as needed
        Ultracet(tramadol+acetaminophen)37.5mg- 1-2 every 6 hours as needed for pain

        Other meds;
        Relafen 500mg-1 tab twice a day for arthritis pain
        Cymbalta-60mg 1 tab onc a day
        Prilosec OTC
        Zyrtec OTC

        Diagnosis's:
        Severe IC(of course)
        Degenerative Disc disease
        Carpal Tunnel
        TMJ
        Personality Disorder(with borderline features)-anxiety/depression/panic attacks
        Osteoarthritis-right hip

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        • #5
          Marsha,
          I am in the same boat as you and don't really have an answer but will be praying for you and hoping you find relief soon! \
          Love,
          Kim

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          • #6
            Update:
            Well guys, I was getting down to my last 2 pain meds today, called the nurse, left a message that 1)I had 2 left 2)They were not helping much 3)what did the culture show 4)needed more meds.
            After 4 hours (about 4pm) she calls back and says my dr. is not in office until tomorrow and nothing can be done. I asked could one of the other docs see me or call me in something...again no...take aleve. What a joke!
            I was so upset. I called at 5 to get the answering service to get the doc on call to call me because it had been an hour since last pain med and the pain was getting worse. Well guess who was on call...yes, my doctor. He said the nurse didn't tell him the extent of my pain and had also said I had enough meds to last THRU tomorrow. I explained what I had told her and her replies, answered his questions. He then called me in some stronger meds immediately and said he wanted to see me tomorrow no matter how full the schedule was! He is going to start me back on the instills and see what else he can do then.
            Well from now on, I will NOT deal with that nurse again! So, there is hope.

            Marsha

            Meds:
            For IC;
            Elmiron-100mg 2 twice a day
            Hydroxyzine(generic Atarax)-25mg one at night
            Amitriptyline(generic Elavil)-25mg 2 at night,1 in morning if needed
            Enablex-15mg once a day
            Pyridium-200mg 1 every 8 hours as needed
            Levsin-1 every 4-6 hours as needed
            Ultracet(tramadol+acetaminophen)37.5mg- 1-2 every 6 hours as needed for pain

            Other meds;
            Relafen 500mg-1 tab twice a day for arthritis pain
            Cymbalta-60mg 1 tab onc a day
            Prilosec OTC
            Zyrtec OTC

            Diagnosis's:
            Severe IC(of course)
            Degenerative Disc disease
            Carpal Tunnel
            TMJ
            Personality Disorder(with borderline features)-anxiety/depression/panic attacks
            Osteoarthritis-right hip

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            • #7
              Marsha-
              I hope that you appointment goes well. I will be thinking of you. My uro is impossible when it comes to pain meds. When I tell him that I ended up at ER when I had a flare-he cringes. I have posted before in other topics that my gp has put me on fentynl transdermal patches. I have had pain since last March-with numerous flares during that time. The patches are working well-I had my first pain free day, first time in one year. Good luck-perhaps look into a 'patch'.
              alana

              Peace, Love, Health, and Happiness!
              Alana

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              • #8
                Alana,
                Thanks..I had done some research of pain management strategies when I couldn't sleep these last nights and had intended to ask about the patch and some other things tomorrow too. My uncle is paraplegic and has nerve damage that he controls pain from with the patch with much success, so I am definitely going to ask. Even if it is to use just until they can get my bladder back under control again.
                Again, thanks for the advice.

                Marsha

                Meds:
                For IC;
                Elmiron-100mg 2 twice a day
                Hydroxyzine(generic Atarax)-25mg one at night
                Amitriptyline(generic Elavil)-25mg 2 at night,1 in morning if needed
                Enablex-15mg once a day
                Pyridium-200mg 1 every 8 hours as needed
                Levsin-1 every 4-6 hours as needed
                Ultracet(tramadol+acetaminophen)37.5mg- 1-2 every 6 hours as needed for pain

                Other meds;
                Relafen 500mg-1 tab twice a day for arthritis pain
                Cymbalta-60mg 1 tab onc a day
                Prilosec OTC
                Zyrtec OTC

                Diagnosis's:
                Severe IC(of course)
                Degenerative Disc disease
                Carpal Tunnel
                TMJ
                Personality Disorder(with borderline features)-anxiety/depression/panic attacks
                Osteoarthritis-right hip

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                • #9
                  Marsha-
                  You are so welcome for the advice. I have started on the 25mcg fentynl patch that I change every 72 hours. I have had some break through pain usually the last day that I am wearing it-I have taken 1/2 an empracet for the pain. This is the first week of wearing the patch-I'm going to my gp tomorrow so she can assess the patch and if I need to increase the dosage. I don't how long I will be on it. I do have questions to ask her-how long she would like me to try it. Do I just use it when I have flares-which is constant lately. Let me know if you do get the patch as well. I am so happy that I can help you. This website is a god send to me.
                  alana

                  Peace, Love, Health, and Happiness!
                  Alana

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                  • #10
                    I'm go glad for you Marsha.....took me 7 very very long years to find a dr with the guts to treat my pain.
                    I've already made up my mind that if anything were to happen and I was left without pain management again I will call Hospice and get recommendations of dr's that they use.
                    NO ONE SHOULD HAVE TO SUFFER LIKE THAT.....

                    sending warm fuzzy hugs~
                    teri
                    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
                    Courage does not always roar. Sometimes, it is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow".

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                    • #11
                      Terri and Alana,
                      Thanks for the support. Yes these boards have saved my sanity thru these last months. I am a single parent of a 12 yr old girl roaring into puberty with all the mood changes and a severly ADHD 4 yr old son that I and my PCP are trying to get meds regulated for. So I get very stressed and upset. Now I know I will definitely ask for the patch for the flares.
                      Terri, I too will not go thru 2 and 1/2 days like I have this week. I am normally a very outspoken person and very proactive, but with sleep deprivation and pain, it was hard to be forceful about getting my message thru. But it won't happen again. If I cannot talk to or see my dr., I will insist on talking to 1 of the 2 other nurses who are so good in that office.

                      Marsha

                      Meds:
                      For IC;
                      Elmiron-100mg 2 twice a day
                      Hydroxyzine(generic Atarax)-25mg one at night
                      Amitriptyline(generic Elavil)-25mg 2 at night,1 in morning if needed
                      Enablex-15mg once a day
                      Pyridium-200mg 1 every 8 hours as needed
                      Levsin-1 every 4-6 hours as needed
                      Ultracet(tramadol+acetaminophen)37.5mg- 1-2 every 6 hours as needed for pain

                      Other meds;
                      Relafen 500mg-1 tab twice a day for arthritis pain
                      Cymbalta-60mg 1 tab onc a day
                      Prilosec OTC
                      Zyrtec OTC

                      Diagnosis's:
                      Severe IC(of course)
                      Degenerative Disc disease
                      Carpal Tunnel
                      TMJ
                      Personality Disorder(with borderline features)-anxiety/depression/panic attacks
                      Osteoarthritis-right hip

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                      • #12
                        Marsha,
                        I'm so glad you got to talk to your dr. I had an appt. with my pain dr. today and I explained how difficult it has been to get his nurse to call me back. I wait for 3 days and then just keep calling until I finally get her. I told him that I don't want to bother them and I only call when I really need to update them on how the meds are not working as well. He was sooo nice. He told me to call the after hours number even if it wasn't an emergency so that he would get the message directly. He said he would call or have someone else call and discuss what changes needed to be made. I had to make sure that I had some communication in place because I'm getting the trial interstim Tu. and I want to make sure he's available if I need him.

                        I'm glad that your uro is having you go back in tomorrow. Are you doing Heparin/Marcaine instills or something else?

                        I would definitely reccomend finding a pain specialist. Mine has been very helpful in managing my pain. I hope you get to feeling better!

                        Rachel

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                        • #13
                          Rachel,
                          Thanks..I had also planned to ask for a referral to a pain specialist because I do work and have back, leg, and bladder pain daily from standing on concrete floors. We had shutdown for 2 weeks at Christmas and I got to feeling much better during that break. Well the first 2 weeks back, I steadily hurt worse each day. I am trying to find a job as an Admin Asst again so I won't have to do 10 hrs a day 4 days a week on my feet. My admin job was eliminated due to slow work so I am doing quality inspections for my company. And I am trying so hard not to let this disease disable me at this point, but it is really getting hard not to give in to the pain.
                          I'm not sure what was in the instills I did initially, but I plan to ask tomorrow what is in these. The cost of 35.00 copay for them for 7 weeks is going to kill me since I still have 4 weeks to go before returning to work after this surgery. My doc had suggested I learn to do them at home if I had to get them again, so I hope he will let me do that this time. I am a little nervous about that, but as a single parent it will be necessary this time. I already have 10 meds per month that takes about a 1/4 of my income monthly even tho I only pay a co-pay.
                          Thanks again.

                          Marsha

                          Meds:
                          For IC;
                          Elmiron-100mg 2 twice a day
                          Hydroxyzine(generic Atarax)-25mg one at night
                          Amitriptyline(generic Elavil)-25mg 2 at night,1 in morning if needed
                          Enablex-15mg once a day
                          Pyridium-200mg 1 every 8 hours as needed
                          Levsin-1 every 4-6 hours as needed
                          Ultracet(tramadol+acetaminophen)37.5mg- 1-2 every 6 hours as needed for pain

                          Other meds;
                          Relafen 500mg-1 tab twice a day for arthritis pain
                          Cymbalta-60mg 1 tab onc a day
                          Prilosec OTC
                          Zyrtec OTC

                          Diagnosis's:
                          Severe IC(of course)
                          Degenerative Disc disease
                          Carpal Tunnel
                          TMJ
                          Personality Disorder(with borderline features)-anxiety/depression/panic attacks
                          Osteoarthritis-right hip

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                          • #14
                            I totally understand the concern about the cost of copays and drugs. I too am on many drugs and without my insurance there would be no way I could do it. They would be $700 per mo. As it is with co-pays it adds up especially when I go daily for bladder washes (heparin/marcain/bisodium carbonate) at $20 per day. ugh! If your dr. will let you do instills at home that would be great! I have begged mine till i'm blue in the face. She explained to me today that the marcaine can put you into cardiac distress if the body absorbs it too quickly. She had a patient that passed out and went into arithmea after her first bladder wash following the potassium test. I know that she was more seceptable because the potassium made her bladder more irritated so it just absorbed the marcaine quickly. It was also her first time. I've had hundreds of bladder washes and they never make me react this way but they still won't let me do it.

                            Also, if you have an infection you shouldn't do any type of instillation until you've been on an antibiodic for a few days. My dr. stops them until my Lucicytes come back normal. It can stir up the bacteria I guess. Good Luck with your search for a pain clinic. You will be in my prayers.

                            Rachel

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                            • #15
                              Marsha-
                              Hi! How are you feeling today? Better I hope. I had my appointment with my gp today. She said that she is going to give me a two month holiday from the pain and gave me two-months' worth of fentynl patches. She is so happy that the patches are working. I do have a bit of break through pain, but I just take a 1/4-1/2 of an empracet (it is usually at the end of the day.) I told her how I have all of this energy now. I actually wake up and plan my day! After the two months I am going to go off of the patches and see how I feel. Then take it from there. Definitely try to get into a pain clinic and ask about the patches. I am on a wait list to get into the pain clinic here-it is going to take a year for me to get in. Take care and let us know how you are doing.
                              alana

                              Peace, Love, Health, and Happiness!
                              Alana

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