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  • Roxie2007
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    Pain clinics are great. My Rheumatologist is also a pain manager so he wears 2 hats.
    I use Lyrica for nerve pain.......tho it causes weight gain.......but it does help with the nerve pain! Elavil works great for me for frequency/urgency and pain. I hope you find someone to help you! Roxie

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  • ICNDonna
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    I have ultram on hand for bad days. Two weeks ago my uro ordered some extended release ultram and they are great --- they last a full 24 hours.

    Donna

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  • themoose7
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    Thank you, right now I am seeing only my gynecologist and thier only suggestion for my pain was to up the elavil and it just doesn't seem to be enough for the painfull flares, a pain clinic sounds like a good option to try, thank you!

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  • GriffsMommy
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    First of all to the IC network. Sorry that you have IC but you have found a great website. Alot of us here take Elavil. It's not really meant to be a sleeping aid though it does tend to help people with their frequent trips to the bathroom throughout the night.
    It took a couple of weeks of me taking it to see a difference but it is supposed to help w/ frequency and urgency and also with the nerve pain a lot of us experience. It has helped me with my nerve pain but I had to take it earlier in the evening, around 8pm so I"m not exhausted when I get up in the morning.
    Other things that I use would be a heating pad, it does really help. I actually have one that I keep just at work so I'm never w/o it if I'm hurting at work. I find that sometimes over the counter AZO or the generic brand that the pharmacy has can help. It makes you pee orange, it really helps with the burning that we sometimes get. I try to take tylenol or advil during the day but if I take advil I always take prelief with it or it can really make you burn and feel worse, some people can't handle it at all.
    For really bad pain my dr's usually give me at least a small rx for vicoden. I try to only use them when I'm having a lot of pain.
    I hope that some of these suggests help and I'm sure that some of the other gals will chime in.

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  • Berkshire Road
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    I would suggest you ask your doctor for a referral to a Pain Clinic. A lot of IC'ers need better pain control than we can get from the urologist. There are a lot of options for pain management; I'm sure if you read the threads that are already posted here, you'll get some ideas, but it's best to discuss all options with a doctor who knows this area well.

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  • themoose7
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    Just recently being diagnosed with IC and not really having anything to take away the pain, I wondered what other sufferers used. Regular over the counter pain meds just don't touch it, they gave me Elavil, but I find this is much more of a sleeping pill than a pain pill, sleeping is not a problem. I definitley have flairs of pain as I can go a couple days without any and then be in such severe pain I have avout 7 seconds inbetween severe pain surges. Wondered what other people were experiencing and if they had any suggestions for pain meds.
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