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  • sandramac
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    I was also given Lupron for fiterlity treatments before being DIo with IC & after. I belive it was all the fiterlity drugs that caused my IC. There is a deffinate connection between flares and hormones! I find that in my case, the Lupron was 2 times a day injections. It had me in so much pain! It was hard to stand up. this was just my personal case. I have no endo or fibroids, But did have blocked tubes. From old PID . I would also suggest you think long and hard if you want to go that route. also another opinion would be good also. Discuss it with your Uro also .Good luck.
    Hugs Sandra

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  • HGC
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    Allies40 - have you had a laparoscopy to diagnose that you do have endo? A laparoscopy is the only way to diagnose endometriosis. I have both endo and IC and my Mom also had breast cancer so I will not use any hormones. I did a ton of research on Lupron and from what I read and from people I spoke with the side effects can be awful. I have had my endo surgically excised(not lasered off since it is still there since they don't get the root out - kind of like just pulling off a flower - you still have the root left) so it is completely removed. I have had this done twice and so far it has kept my endo symptoms pretty much under control.

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  • Charisse
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    My first GYN also mentioned exploring possible endometriosis as causing my pain and said we could treat it with Lupron however I feel awful when I'm not on the pill due to low hormones so I definitely didn't like the idea of Lupron and suppressing my hormones further. I am still not sure if I should explore whether I have endo or not. I don't think I do cause for the past 2 months I've felt better when on my period so I don't know if it's just conicidence of when I'm flaring in or out or what's going on. Charisse

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  • Allies40
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    Still confused

    I think I'm going to go and get a second opinion from another gyno. I see that some of you think that a hystertomy is worse off for the IC, and some think that the Lupron shots will make the IC worse. Whatever I do, I want to make sure that I won't make my IC symptoms worse. My only condition is that since my Mom had breast cancer, I'm not a good candidate for BCP. Have any of you heard about Ablation? That was one thing my gyno mentioned to me.

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  • babykiten1
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    I have ic and endo. I went threw the lurpron shots. They are expensive and i had the worst time with my ic. I told the gyno that i think it was making matters worse. She stoped the shot and put me on birth control. I was also going to my uro for treatments and nothing worked till i stoped the shot. I havnt had the shot in 4 months and i have been in remission. The drs dont tell you that the lurpron will bother the ic. I figured it out on my own. I was having a few problems with ic before the lurpron but during i could hardly get out of bed. I wen to the dr every week, had to go to the emergency room and stuff. I stop and we added a new med and have been fine. really thank about the shot and ask your drs up front if they think you really need it and ask if it could upset your ic. And look into everything please. After i started it i heard storys about it. I really dont know but that was my experense with it.

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  • born2swim
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    Allies40,

    My urogyno said that I likely have endo and that I need to give my new bcp time to work. I had wicked periods (crippling) and when I was 17, they put me on othro-tri-cyclin and that helped my period tremendously. Then out of the blue, horrible period pain again. It started when running and then with my periods. It was terrible and has been. My gyno put me on Seasonique (keeps my periods away for 3 months). The first 3 months were hell, but this period is much better than the last 6 months...

    Now that being said, if my bladder persists to be a problem, my urogyno will explore to see if endo is aggrivating my bladder instead of or in addition to IC.

    Good luck! This is frustrating and confusing!

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  • Allies40
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    New doc

    I think I'm going to get a second opinion from another doctor. Lupron is aggresive I know, he did give me another script for some medicine to help with the side effects.
    Thanks everyone!

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  • jen74
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    My sister-in-law was on lupron for 6 months after she had a large ovarian cyst removed. She said it was awful for her ( she was only 18 at the time). She said she had severe depression and mood swings and hot flashes while on it. I am not sure how it would effect the IC though.
    I also have end and my gyne mentioned me doing the lupron, but I said I would do BC pills first before doing the lupron. When you get the lupron shot, you are stuck with the effects for quite awhile, or at least until the med wears off which can be months. At least with the BC pill, if you have a reaction, you just stop it and the side effects should go away soon. Good luck in what ever you decide.
    Jen

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  • Allies40
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    History of Cancer

    The reason my Gyno won't put me on BCP is my Mother had breast cancer and I don't want any kind of estrogen running through my body. Since neither the Gyno or the Urologist want to move forward with IC dx yet(frustrating!), I think I'm going to order the Aloe Vera supplements and give that a try.
    I'm going to do some more research into Lupron. My gyno gave me another prescription for something to help with the menopausal symptoms(aygetin?). He also gave me a script for Dextrol. Does anyone know about the effects of Dextrol?

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  • leelee88
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    I have Endo and IC and to me the IC pain is alot worse.. Now when I was younger my period cramps would send me to the ER.. The GYN put me on continous birthcontrol and I never have a period that seems to help so much! Just wish I could find somethng that help with IC pain.. Good Luck

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  • GriffsMommy
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    I don't know if Lupron flares IC or not but it basically puts your body into chemically induced menopause from what I understand. From what I have read from patients who tried it they had horrible mood swings, hot flashes, night sweats, things like that.

    I really thought all of my pain was endo related until I realized that I had IC too and now I think that more of my pain is IC and less endo. That's just me though.

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  • jjt001
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    I was diagnosed with endo at 15 and fibroids when I had my baby delivered via c-section at 40. Three years later the IC really kicked in, and I visited my gyno to see if she thought the fibroids and/or endo could be affecting my bladder (my urologist didn't think so, but said it was worth a shot). She didn't think it was too likely, but said to do two cycles of birth control to calm down the fibro and endo and see how my bladder fared. Although the bladder pain and discomfort associated with my period is MUCH better since I've gone on the bcp, it didn't significantly affect my regular IC symptoms.

    Of course, that doesn't mean that endo and/or fibroids don't cause bladder pain in some people. I know at least a few people who have found out definitively that endometriosis of the bladder wall is responsible for their IC symptoms (I hope I said that right -- Amy (IHURTTOO) is one and can give you much better info). However, I wonder if Lupron isn't a big first step, when maybe trying birth control pills first to see if there's an impact on your bladder? Lupron does have lots of side effects. Have you tried BCP already? I never did Lupron myself, there was another endo drug they used 25 years ago that did really help my endo and kept it at bay for a long time.

    Obviously, you and your doctors need to make this decision, but I'll be interested to see what others more experienced with Lupron have to say. From what my gyno and uro said, although lots of people have both endo and IC, fixing the gyno problems doesn't positively affect the IC nearly as much as many (including myself) hoped. Good luck!

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  • mirmir
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    We thought my pain was coming from my uterus and had already been told I had Ic before this. My uterus was large and dr thought I had endometrosis in it but once it came out it was looked fine. After my uterus came out my Ic has gotten worse. Don't get me wrong I don't miss my uterus because of the periods I had but just wanted to share that with you and I wish you luck

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  • Allies40
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    Lupron?

    Does the Lupron cause flares of IC? If that's the case, I'll definitely call my Uro back and ask him about it. The LAST thing I want to do is cause more IC flares. My Gyno seems to think that if I do the Lupron, it will shrink my uterus away from the bladder.

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  • GriffsMommy
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    I have endo and IC but I have never had a fibroid. I would do a lot of research about Lupron. My dr suggested that I consider Lupron and I read a lot of bad things about it. Once I found that I had IC I realized alot of my pain was from the IC and not from the endo. I would do research before you let your dr start Lupron, I have read a lot of women say that it made them feel worse than they felt w/o the Lupron.

    Sorry I couldn't be of more help.

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