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    Please keep Kara and her Mom in your prayers this week. They are both going in for MRI's this week.
    Miss Bessie

    Galatians 6:2 - Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

    Hebrews 13:2 - Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by doing so some people have entertained angels without knowing it.

    Proverbs 4:23 - Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life

  • #2
    I'll be thinking of you and your mom Kara. Best of luck to both of you.

    Hugs, Sandy
    *IC-- Summer 2004; PFD--October 2005
    *Fibro--Fall 2000; CFS-- Fall 2000
    *MPS--Fall 2000; Crohn's disease-- 1997*IBS,GERD, *Migraines, hypothyroidism, GYN problems *Degenerative Disc Disease/scoliosis

    Total Abdominal Hysterectomy--adenomyosis--9\08

    04/17/09 Crohn's disease almost killed me with a combo of extreme constipation from pain medications. My bowel ruptured, I almost died from peritonitis and spent several days in the ICU then more in a private room on the floor. If you have any questions about severe constipation from pain meds please don't hesitate to send me a message.


    • #3
      Keeping you both in my prayers. Hoping for the best.



      • #4

        You know you are both still in my prayers. I think of you both often and have been praying hard too. Please let me know what they say about your Mom tomorrow. I hope you made it there okay. (I know you have a LOT of snow right now!) Love and hugs, Amy


        • #5
          for both of them.


          • #6
            I am so sorry you both are going through such a hard time right now.

            But Kara, if your mom is even half as strong of a woman as you are, I know she will be just fine.. You both will be in my prayers and thoughts, God bless both of you


            ONE Second, ONE Bite, ONE Breath, ONE Pill, ONE Minute, ONE Teardrop, ONE Hour, ONE Sip.. ONE DAY! I will Prevail from this disease! IC Hoping for a Cure!

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            Meds For IC: Lyrica-25mg Glucosamine-500 MSM-500mg, Prosed Ds -When Flaring

            Other Meds: Levlite- Continious Birtcontrol, Micardis-40mg for High Blood Pressure

            Meds I have Tried:
            Topamax,Tofranil, Elmiron, Atarax, Cymbalta, Elavil, Enablex, Detral La, Prydium.
            Lexapro< Bad reaction to this med!
            Intstills, could not continue them due to some kind of reaction after 3rd instill. Tasted the lidocaine in my mouth, tongue and lips went numb then went into what seemed like a panic attack. Shaking, racing heart, tingling face/head, blood pressure shot up..

            Dx With IC in Nov 2006 with Hydro/Cysto
            Hydro/Cysto Caused Bladder to Rupture.

            Other Dxs-Vulvodynia,Fibro, Endo, IBS, HPV, Migraines, Spastic Colon, Mild Dysplasia.

            ICN Volunteers are not medical authorities nor do we offer medical advice. In all cases, we strongly encourage you to discuss your medical treatment with your personal medical care provider. Only they can, and should, give medical recommendations to you.


            • #7

              Sending lots of prayers for you and your mom!

              Lots of hugs,


              • #8
                You both will be in my thoughts!!!

                *Diagnosed with severe IC in 2004
                *Also diagnosed with PFD, fibromyalgia, chronic myofascial pain, IBS, migraines, allergies/asthma, dermatographism
                *Kept trying a million different treatments for all these things until I found what works, and I am doing okay these days with the help of a cocktail of medications and the InterStim, which was first placed in 2007. [I have had 2 revisions - one in 2010 when my battery died and had to be replaced, and one complete replacement (lead and generator) in 2012 after a fall on my stairs caused my lead to move.]
                *Current meds include Atarax (50mg at night), Lyrica (150mg twice a day), Xanax (0.5mg at night and as needed), Zanaflex (4mg at night), hydrocodone (10/325, every 6 hours as needed), Advair, Nasonex, Singulair (10mg at night), oral contraceptives, home instills containing Elmiron and Marcaine (as often as I need to do them).

                **I am not a medical authority nor do I offer definitive medical advice. I strongly encourage you to discuss your medical treatment with your personal medical care provider. Only they can, and should, give medical recommendations to you.


                • #9
                  For you, your Mom, and your family Kara.
                  Thank You all so much to everyone here for all your sharing, caring and support!
                  < My "Bear"
                  Started herbal teas 6/2/06 Marshmallow root, comfrey root, and catnip. 6/25/06 added Mullein Leaf Powder to tea.
                  IC Diet
                  Hydroxyzine 50 or 100mg at night (Is restarted)
                  Zoloft 100mg 4/8/07 (Is restarted)
                  Klonopin 1/2 mg 4 X Day (started 3/17/07)
                  Past Treatments: Amitriptyline, Neurontin, Hytrin, Heparin instills (was Dc'd after 5 weekly tx's due to severe urethritis), Superior hypogastric plexus block, E-stim, Elmiron instills (started 4/18/06-Dc'd 5/30/06 due to severe urethritis/infection requiring foley cath @ home 4 days), Oxycontin (oxycodone) (4/18/06)-pain (Dc'd 5/31/06), Levsin S/L (hyoscyamine) (3/17/06)-antispasmotic (Dc'd 5/31/06), Elmiron (1/24/06)-(Dc'd 6/25/06), Prelief, Zanaflex 4mg for PFD (Dc'd 10/1/06), CystaQ 1 in am & 1 in pm with food(started 5/12/06-increased to 2 in am & 1 in pm 9/20/06---Dc'd 10/18/06), Lyrica (started 10/26/06 up to 600 mg-Dc'd 12/4/06 due to urinary retention), Vicodin (hydrocodone) ES PRN for pain (Dc'd 1/4/07); Cymbalta 30mg (start 1/17/07) up to 60mg in am (1/26/07) (D/c'd 3/17/07); Ativan 1mg(Lorazepam)- PRN Anxiety (changed to Klonopin 1/2mg 4Xday 3/17/07); Pyridium (phenazopyridine) PRN-bladder analgesic; MSM (6/12/06) 1000mg after breakfast & dinner (Dc'd 3/15/07); Acidophilus (Natrol) 100mg. 1 capsule 1/2 hour before breakfast (5/20/06) (Dc'd 3/17/07)

                  Added BACK in - Atarax (hydroxyzine) (started 4/6/06 Dc'd 5/31/06) Restart 50mg at night 8/18/06, up to 100mg at night 1/4/07. Zoloft 100mg-Depression (Dc'd 7/25/06) Restart 4/8/07) 100mg.
                  Dx'd: Dec 05 (Positive PST in November and positive cystoscopy in Dec) Symptoms: Pain, frequency, urgency & retention

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                  • #10
                    for Kara.... for Mom.

                    Shopping??? Did someone mention shopping? I'll get my hat... ;-)

                    Where I can be found most days.

                    Link to the ICN Patient Handbook:

                    Link to the IC Diet:

                    IC Volunteers are not medical authorities nor do we offer medical advice. In all cases, we strongly encourage you to discuss your medical treatment with your personal medical care provider. Only they can, and should, give medical recommendations to you.


                    • #11
                      Thank You All!

                      We both wanted to thank you all for your prayers.

                      They are going to be needed. We are having a real difficult time as a whole family right now. We won't have the full report on when Chemo and Radiation start until Thursday. My Dad is not doing well either. A lot of fear for him of losing her. Her tumor is already the size of an egg. She is in a lot of pain. We talked about breast reconstruction and wigs last night. I am very sad. My Mom has been my rock and my foundation. Now I have to lean on my friends and Husband because I don't want her to know how much pain I am in. I feel so bad that I am not physically strong for her. Sitting at the MRI for and hour and a half was close to impossible for me to do today. I ended up standing for most of it and then my legs gave out.

                      I thought I could handle it, but I am having a really hard time........I want to smack myself out of it and be a rock but instead I feel like a painful, dumb marshmallow.

                      Any other people doing prayer chains out there? Octoberfarm, Thank you for adding us to yours.

                      Complex Case: Severe IC 1999, Interstim 2001, Endometriosis 2001, End Stage Refractory IC 2002, Bladder Removal (Cystectomy) 2002, Gall Bladder Removal 2005, Infertility 2003, Urethra Removal, Bladder Reconstruction (Urethrectomy/Indiana Pouch) 2006, Celiac Disease 2007, Adhesion Disease 2007, Pudendal Nerve Entrapment, Ovarian Cysts, Vestibulitis, Vulvodynia, Total Vestibulectomy and removal of both Skene's Glands, 2007 and Coccydynia 2007. Fibromyalgia and, Chronic Myofascial Pain Syndrome both in my neck and knees, 2007, PNE Decompression Operation May, 2009.Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, Anesthesia Awareness (to awaken during operations)Pudendal Nerve Decompression Surgery, Revrse Uterine Sling, Sept. 2011

                      "One hour at a time, this was NOT my American Dream but it has to work out somehow."

                      I also have some journals of my journeys, past and some present at:

                      Most of my Journaling now is currently on Facebook. These are old and my ICN Patient story is very old and outdated.


                      • #12
                        Prayers to your mama and for you too Kara!
                        Meds I take:
                        Elmiron, Elavil, Vagifem- for IC
                        Albuterol, Flovent, Atrovent- for Asthma and lung problems
                        Paxil, Clonazepam- for depression and Anxiety
                        Atenolol- for rapid heart rate
                        Nexium- for Gerd
                        Levothyroxin- for Hypothyroidism
                        Lasix, Pottasium- for edema
                        Lipitor- for High Cholesterol
                        I coated aspirin
                        02 at bedtime


                        • #13
                          Kara for you, mom, and family.



                          • #14
                            I'm sending prayers and hugs for you and your family.

                            Stay safe

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                            • #15
                              Will definately do!

                              Lotsa love,
                              Kara I.
                              Hugs and Wishes for Pain FREE days!!,

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