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    I'm stressed to the max tonight as I face surgery tomorrow morning...quadruple bypass. This all came about rather suddenly after a routine stress test. One of the blockages is very serious and is located in the artery that causes sudden death...the "widow maker" the doctor told me. I'm not just nervous for the obvious reasons, I'm also worried about being catheterized. They said they would remove the catheter the following day. The last time I was catheterized I ended up with a UTI and a flare that lasted several months. I'm going to have enough to contend with without adding my IC into the mix. But I called my urologist and let her know what was happening just in case I need her to speak with the cardiologist and the surgeon. I also spoke with the surgeon and expressed my concerns. She was very sweet...her husband is a urologist and she told me not to worry about it.

    Anyway, I'm just asking for some prayers, if you're so inclined. It would be appreciated. I think I have a long road ahead of me.


    Experienced first symptoms in 2007
    Diagnosed with IC 6/13

    Diagnosed with PFD (Pelvic Floor Dysfunction) 8/13

    Medications: .5 mg. Ativan, occasionally for spasms

    Supplements: DH Aloe Vera capsules, 3 per day for maintenance and 6-12 per day during flares

    Following Strict IC Diet

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    Re: Open Heart Surgery tomorrow!

    Oh my goodness! I am praying for you. Please keep us updated on how everything goes.
    Diagnosed via cysto/hydro 2/6/2015
    Symptoms: frequency, urgency. uretha discomfort, mild bladder pain (a raw sore type feeling.)
    IC Diet (2/15) , Elmiron 100-300mg (3/15-5/16) insurance issues switched to PPS-DR (5/16-present) 2 150mg capsules daily (pentosan polysulfate sodium same formulation in Elmiron) DH Aloe 3-6 capsules daily (3/15), Schiff Digestive Advantage probiotics 1 pill daily (3/15), Amitriptyline 25mg- (5/15-8/16)attempting to wean down due to suspected weight gain side effect. Hydroxydine 25-50mg as needed at bedtime (5/15) Quercetin 2 pills daily to help immune system and body inflammation. Cystoprotek 4 capsules daily (8/15). Prelief as needed.
    USE DURING FLARES: Heating pad, ice packs for PFD, Vaginal Valium 10-20mg, Uribel, Pelvic floor stretches.
    PAST TREATMENTS: PFD physical therapy (6/15-10/15) & Counseling for stress mgt (9/15-12/15) both very helpful. GNC brand progesterone cream (not sure if this made a difference). Too many different diets and herbs to list.
    TRIGGERS: STRESS STRESS STRESS. BCP. Hormonal fluctuance (ovulation/period). Coffee, artificial preservatives and dyes.


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      Re: Open Heart Surgery tomorrow!

      I'll be thinking of you. Next month is the 16th anniversary of my husband's bypass surgery.

      Stay safe

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        Re: Open Heart Surgery tomorrow!

        Hugs XxxxX