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    Just a bit of background for this post. About a year and a half ago, I was diagnosed with mild degenerative disc disorder in my back. It's like IC in that it flares and subsides, but never completely disappears.

    I have a new family doctor and went to see her last week because it was flaring again. My former doctor was incompetent and I've been seeing a chiropractor who has helped, but I wanted to get her opinion. Basically she just reiterated that it is an ongoing issue I'll always deal with, but I can help it with some stretches, exercise (like walking), going to the chiropractor, muscle relaxers, etc. I was still bummed about the whole thing.

    OK, so in the meantime all this has been going on, I keep looking at this massage pad for a chair at a local store. It's $100. Every time I go into that store, I sit in the chair for the demo. It's a Shiatsu massager and feels wonderful. My plan was to buy it sometime when I could. Earlier this year we had to replace a furnace and then my hubby had a long bout with a kidney stone, so we've certainly had extra expenses. I tried not to think about how nice a massager would be.

    So, the point is that tonight my parents called me. They were at the store and trying to figure out what I wanted so they could get it for me. They were wanting to surprise me for my birthday (I turn 28 on Friday), but they also wanted to make sure they bought the right thing. I met them down there and they bought it for me. I got all teary eyed in the car on the way there. It's just such a blessing.

    I've already hooked it up and used it! you can only use it for 15 minutes at a time and that's all I did. I don't want to overdo it and make myself sore, but it was so nice and relieved some of my pain. I'm just grateful for such wonderful parents and for the massage pad!
    ~ Stacey

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    Woohoo Stacey, it's so nice when you get something that you really need like that. Parents still come in handy for those short of things no matter how old you are I think. When my gyn first wanted to put me on Elmiron my dad paid for my first 3 month supply because it cost $120 and that was way more than I could afford at the time. I hope you enjoy it!

    I have been diagnoised for 6 1/2 years now. I have taken a long break from the ICN but really miss helping out my fellow IC patients and want to get back into posting.
    1st hydro 4/07 showed no visible signs of IC but tons of mast cells in all my biopsy samples which did prove IC.
    2nd hydro 4/13/09 showed dark purple glomerulations and I had a capacity of 450 cc's. This hydro proved that my IC had progressed.
    I have tried every oral medication as well as rescue instills and DMSO.

    I have been lucky enough to see Dr Hanno, the top IC specialist in PA who has told me due to the fact that I have not responded to any "standard" treatments that I have a severe, end stage case of IC with a horrible quality of life (didn't have to tell me that last part!)

    Proud wifey of Shane, mommy to Griffin, and step-mom to Logan and Gage
    Also proud mom to the best Bullmastiff on earth, Claus


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      I'm so glad you have such great parents.
      enjoy your gift .
      Hugs Sandra
      "Never Give Up."

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        I do have great parents and am very thankful for the gift. They've always been compassionate about my bladder issues. Even when I was a child and having to go to the bathroom a lot, they never complained.

        I called them after I got home to tell them they're the best parents ever. My mom laughed and asked if I'd call and remind my older brother of that! He agrees, of course. Then later they called back to make sure they were getting my favorite ice-cream for my birthday. I mean, goodness. You can't beat that. I'm very blessed to have such a wonderful family (including the extended ones, in-laws and hubby). Sometimes when I get bummed about not feeling well, I try to focus on the many other blessings I have. Loved ones top the list!
        ~ Stacey


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          HI! That's SO cool that you have great parent!! I had great parents too (my mom passed away 5 yrs ago but my dad is still living).
          It's always nice to get gifts from them esp. gifts you really want or need! You are very blessed indeed! Roxie

          Double Spinal Cord Stimulator surgery 8/09
          Unsuccessful MiniArc sling surgery 12/07
          Dx'd Hypothyroid
          Dx'd Chronic Axonal Neuropathy & Myopathy
          June 2007
          Dx'd IC May 2006 (after suffering for 25+ yrs!)
          First Cysto 1979
          First Hydro 1981 (Many treatments since then!)
          Collagin"Durasphere" injections for urethra
          Gall bladder surgery Aug. 2004
          Gastric Bypass Dec. 2004
          Dx'd: Barrett's Esphogus July 2004
          Dx'd: Vaginal Atrophy 2005
          Bladder surgery 2000
          Dx'd: IBS 2000
          Hysterectomy (fibroids) 1999
          Laminectomy 1989
          Dx'd: Degerative Disk Disorder 1989

          For IC I use Elmiron, Elavil and Freeze dried Aloe Vera (it works likes Elmiron, but naturally)and Azo as needed. I also take Zegerid, Randitine for Barrett's Esophagus. (which causes me to have constant yeast infections!)I take Cymbalta for Neuopathy/Myopathy pain. I use the Climara patch for menopause symptoms. I'm on a very strict diet because of the IC, IBS and Gastric Bypass. I take Primal Defense Probiotics and whole food Iron.
          I no longer have the awful urethral pain! I've been using MSM gel now for 4 mo. and haven't had a flare up or the urethra's amazing stuff!!:woohoo:


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