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  • #31
    LiRIS

    Just finished the second phase of the study where they implanted the real lidocaine into my bladder. It helped with pain, but nothing for urgency ... In fact, a week after having it removed, I am in such pain now and urgency that I am getting up all night long. I am glad that I finished the whole study, blinded and unblinded, but , unless they address the urgency, I will not do this again once it becomes available.

    JP

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    • #32
      to jp

      Hey JP! I am so sorry that it didn't work and that you are suffering w/ urgency right now. For me urgency is the absolute worst part. I have found that the only thing that helps me when my urgency is real bad is Valium. I am lucky that my GP has presribed it to me. She agreed to do it for the short term while the Elmiron has a chance to work. I don't know what I am going to do if the Elmiron doesn't work and she decides I can't have it anymore. I am hoping that won't happen. So far she seems to be pretty compasionate. It just amazes me that doctors hold off or will not give us meds that may help ease us through this condition. This is a chronic condition - you would think that would make it qualify.

      I tried instillations of bicarb, lidocaine and heparin and they gave me worse urgency so when I heard about this pretzel I was very leery of what it would do for me personally. Everyone of us is so different. I am sorry it didn't help you and I believe that I would probably have a similar reaction that you do so I thank you for trying it and for reporting back to us all on your experience.

      I hope you start feeling better very very soon.
      Diagnosed w/ IC 12/2010. 3 small kidney stones removed in May of 2011.

      Currently taking: Elmiron (3 times a day-pour capsule into about 4 oz. of water and drink it down (with a little food on my stomach first), Valium (an eighth to a fourth of a pill as needed (rarely need this anymore), and Curelle Probiotics -one a day in the morning on an empty stomach.

      Tried: Urelle, Prelief, Oxybutynin, Urogesic Blue, antihistamines, nuerotin, flomax, vesicare, enablex, cystoprotek, prozac, quercetin w/ bromelaine, marshmellow root tea, garlic pills, fish oil, magnesium, Vitamin D-3, Boron, B-12 w/ Folic Acid drops. Homeopathic allergy shots for food and inhalents.


      **Elmiron and Culturelle Probiotic have helped me get a better quality of life. I've been on the Elmiron for 6 months so far and am feeling so much better and can eat and drink so much more!

      **I love the ICN - it has been a blessing in the midst of this evil curse!!!

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      • #33
        LiRIS

        Thanks so much for that very compassionate and encouraging reply.

        It's interesting, because the only thing that helps the urgency, which I agree with you is the worst, is , for me, taking Klonopin. I try to only take it when I haven't slept in days because I know you can become habituated to it, as I was for six years many years ago, but it seems to relax the bladder and ease the constant need to get up from bed and go once again ! I am sure that Valium is in the same family. I know that Klonopin is a muscle relaxant. so, maybe that has something to do with it. I know that most, not all, of my urologists that I have seen are reluctant to believe this, but for the most part, really, what do they know !!??!! So, they are reluctant to perscribe but only a few at a time.

        IC research may be making strides for the pain, maybe, but those who suffer with urgency, being pulled up hour after hour all night long is definitely a form of torture. So, I do hope that someone out there is addressing this issue with due diligence !

        Keep in touch, Allisun13..

        JP

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        • #34
          to JP again

          How many times do you get up a night now? On most nights I only get up once. Sometimes when it's bad I might get up twice or at worst 3 times. I hear that a big part of this condition is getting up numerous times per night. It's odd to me that as bad as it's ever been during the day (where I am going at a maximum every 30-45 minutes) I have never gotten up more than a small handful of times at night.

          Have you tried Elmiron?

          Do you have off and on bouts of fatigue? (more than just being really tired-fatigue)

          Do you find that when you are sick - like w/ a cold - your bladder symptoms improve significantly until you are well?

          Do chemicals (perfumes, deodorizing sprays) cause your bladder to flare?

          Sorry for all of the questions! Just curious if I am the only one that deals w/ the above too. Other than urgency when I do have the fatigue it is a real struggle too. Right now my doctor thinks I have an intestinal infection that might have been brought on by taking probiotics and diflucan. Oddly enough even being on Amoxacillan my bladder has been doing remarkably well. I have two more days of the antibiotic. My stomach seems to be doing better - my fatigue is a lot better BUT I had to mostly stop taking the Elmiron. It was as though it was causing the infection to worsen and I'd get horribly fatigued. Since I've stopped the Elmiron my bladder is still doing way better and the fatigue is gone - and my stomach symptoms (burning and cramping and some nausea-but no other symptoms) are easing a lot. I started to become deathly afraid that I wasn't going to be able to take the Elmiron anymore but have started to ease back on it b/c my bladder symptoms are still there. I have been taking half of the dose in water and it has been helping my bladder symptoms disappear again. I imagine once the infection is completely gone I'll have to start all over w/ the Elmiron. Although I will say it's odd that I take the Elmiron and within minutes it helps my bladder - I didn't think it worked that way so it's confusing. My GP is baffled by a lot of things I go through so I haven't gone to her since I am improving. Sorry I wrote you a novel here.

          PS I think you are right about the kolopin and valium - they are muscle relaxers. For me it stops the urgency and it relaxes me. I become so up tight when I have urgency.
          Diagnosed w/ IC 12/2010. 3 small kidney stones removed in May of 2011.

          Currently taking: Elmiron (3 times a day-pour capsule into about 4 oz. of water and drink it down (with a little food on my stomach first), Valium (an eighth to a fourth of a pill as needed (rarely need this anymore), and Curelle Probiotics -one a day in the morning on an empty stomach.

          Tried: Urelle, Prelief, Oxybutynin, Urogesic Blue, antihistamines, nuerotin, flomax, vesicare, enablex, cystoprotek, prozac, quercetin w/ bromelaine, marshmellow root tea, garlic pills, fish oil, magnesium, Vitamin D-3, Boron, B-12 w/ Folic Acid drops. Homeopathic allergy shots for food and inhalents.


          **Elmiron and Culturelle Probiotic have helped me get a better quality of life. I've been on the Elmiron for 6 months so far and am feeling so much better and can eat and drink so much more!

          **I love the ICN - it has been a blessing in the midst of this evil curse!!!

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          • #35
            jp

            one more thing - if you are getting up a lot at night have you tried Vistaril? It's an allergy medicine. When I do take it I usually don't get up at all. I have to take it outside of the capsule. I pour it on my tongue and drink it down w/ water. Since it's an antihistimine you shouldn't take it with certain other meds but it does help. It also helped me get through the pollen season here.

            Another thing if you can tolerate it is oxybutynin at night. It calmes down the urgency and if you take it when you go to sleep you can sleep through the yucky side effects. It could help you sleep also.

            I get the lowest dosage prescribed to me for all of this stuff and almost can never tolerate even a half of the dose. I feel like a crazy crack head or something breaking the pills into tiny pieces but I can only take an 8th of a valium and oxybutynin have found that is all I need most of the time anyway.
            Diagnosed w/ IC 12/2010. 3 small kidney stones removed in May of 2011.

            Currently taking: Elmiron (3 times a day-pour capsule into about 4 oz. of water and drink it down (with a little food on my stomach first), Valium (an eighth to a fourth of a pill as needed (rarely need this anymore), and Curelle Probiotics -one a day in the morning on an empty stomach.

            Tried: Urelle, Prelief, Oxybutynin, Urogesic Blue, antihistamines, nuerotin, flomax, vesicare, enablex, cystoprotek, prozac, quercetin w/ bromelaine, marshmellow root tea, garlic pills, fish oil, magnesium, Vitamin D-3, Boron, B-12 w/ Folic Acid drops. Homeopathic allergy shots for food and inhalents.


            **Elmiron and Culturelle Probiotic have helped me get a better quality of life. I've been on the Elmiron for 6 months so far and am feeling so much better and can eat and drink so much more!

            **I love the ICN - it has been a blessing in the midst of this evil curse!!!

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            • #36
              No problem with questions

              Hi, Allisun13,

              I have had IC since 1989. I have been on Elmiron since it inception. I guess it works; who's to know since i have been on it for such a long time.

              I got a major UTI after they took the pretzel out this last Tues. I am still on the antibiotics. I think my bladder had just had it with five cystocopys in the last two months.

              I also have CFS so fatigued and sick I feel often; don't know if it is related to IC, but most probably. IC does wear one out. How could it not??!!

              Since CFS is suspected of being a brain disease, perfumes, etc, affect me greatly. Again, could be a part of the same package. REsearcers are looking at IC as maybe being an autoimmue disease, may be part of a larger, ongoing virus that attacks a much grreater part of the body then just the bladder?

              Sure am looking forward to the day when alot of these major illnesses that lay in no-man's-land are finally found to be this or that cause. Will be a great day.

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              • #37
                Allisun

                I forgot to say how many times I get up. the least is three, but it can go six or more times. It didn't use to be this way back in the begining, or at least for the first 18 years or so. Then my real complaint was pain, and urgency only occasionally and never at night. Now, not so much pain, but tons of urgency. I have no idea why this has switched, or is a result of having had this thing for so long and maybe it progresses to more urgency the longer you have it.

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                • #38
                  Allisun13

                  I looked at your meds, and, yes, I have taken all of them, and the ones that did you no good, didn't for me either. I have taken Atarax for years, antihistimine, still do. glad you only have to take a small amount of valium. when I took Klonopin for six years, I, also, was only have to take a quarter tab. at night, but now, since I only take it once in awhile, I have none built up in my system, so I take 1mg.

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                  • #39
                    jp

                    Thanks for your replies!

                    It is so frustrating b/c it seems likely clearly there is something at the root of this - sometimes I feel like help is just barely beyond my reach. Like I can see it but can't reach it. I often times find myself thinking that there is no way that this can be my reality. 35 years old w/ this chronic condition. It's sad. I am grateful for the good days and definitely when the good days are here don't dwell on it but the bad days do wear on me. I am sure you can relate.

                    It does sound like it's a deteriorating thing and that over time it does get worse. I've only had it for a miserable year and 5 months. I've had no remission during that time.

                    Have you heard about Candida and Body Ecology in relation to CFS? Just curious if you've tried that route at all. I am not sure what to believe anymore. So many ideas out there but if doctor's don't know it's hard to believe that it's as simple as something like. Although I don't think Candida is a simple problem to fix. But here we both are yet again on antibiotics - which supposedly feeds this viscious cycle.
                    Diagnosed w/ IC 12/2010. 3 small kidney stones removed in May of 2011.

                    Currently taking: Elmiron (3 times a day-pour capsule into about 4 oz. of water and drink it down (with a little food on my stomach first), Valium (an eighth to a fourth of a pill as needed (rarely need this anymore), and Curelle Probiotics -one a day in the morning on an empty stomach.

                    Tried: Urelle, Prelief, Oxybutynin, Urogesic Blue, antihistamines, nuerotin, flomax, vesicare, enablex, cystoprotek, prozac, quercetin w/ bromelaine, marshmellow root tea, garlic pills, fish oil, magnesium, Vitamin D-3, Boron, B-12 w/ Folic Acid drops. Homeopathic allergy shots for food and inhalents.


                    **Elmiron and Culturelle Probiotic have helped me get a better quality of life. I've been on the Elmiron for 6 months so far and am feeling so much better and can eat and drink so much more!

                    **I love the ICN - it has been a blessing in the midst of this evil curse!!!

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                    • #40
                      Re: LiRIS

                      I am currently in the newest Liris trial. They inserted the device April 25,2014 . This was the first phase. I have been living with what I call the "blow torch" in the bladder. This required frequent use of Oxycodone. I was taking two instillations a day before the trial, but I had to get off of them for the duration of the trial. Without my instillations, my oxycodone use increased to make up for the lack of them. Well, I have experienced a miracle with the device. The "blow torch" has ceased. I have not taken Oxycodone in 8 whole days. The night time frequency is still a problem. I use Ambien and get up about 4 times a night to pee. That is actually an improvement over what it used to be when I couldn't get insurance because of the pre-existing condition. I used to get up 3 times in an hour all night long. The night time voiding was better while on the bladder instillations. I belief that once Liris comes on the market, I will use the lidocaine pretzel for pain relief. I will add instillations of heparin (to replace bladder linning) and the Solu-cortef for inflammation. I will no longer take the Marcaine part of my instillations since the lidocaine pretzel would handle that part of it. I believe that I would get the phenomenal pain reduction with the pretzel and improved nighttime voiding with heparin and solu-cortef. I have just a slight little feeling of discomfort in the trigone of my bladder now. I just use Ustell caps (pill that makes urine turn blue) to handle the last little bit of remaining pain. I am happy to be off the Oxycodone. That is soooo fatigueing to use. It also has the potential to really harm the user. I am glad that Liris has make it possible to ditch this drug. I simply can wait for this to get FDA approved. Lou Lou girl

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                      • #41
                        Re: LiRIS

                        How great to hear you have had success with this pretzel. I have been following it over the years, as word has grown about it. I am most definitely hoping to get to use it, but do you have any idea if & when it would be out for users??? Im so hopeful that this will work on me, just based on how it works.
                        Thanks much!!
                        Karen
                        Currently Taking:
                        20 mg Celexa
                        fentanyl patch 12.5 mcg chgd every 3 days
                        morphine IR 15 MG, up to 3x daily
                        Xanax 1mg as needed (not taken daily)
                        900 MG Oxycarbizine (mood disorder)
                        300 MG Welbutrin
                        Tizanidine 4 mg up to 20 mg daily as need
                        Prevacid 30 mg
                        Ambien as needed

                        my heating pad is my best friend, use daily on my lower back & pelvic area
                        blessed to be able to receive massage & Amma , along with Avazzia therapy 3x weekly

                        Been diagnosed for 10 years now, consider myself pretty well versed in this disease & would love to help out with new IC sisters or brothers, feel free to message me.

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                        • #42
                          Re: LiRIS

                          Originally posted by floridamom View Post
                          How great to hear you have had success with this pretzel. I have been following it over the years, as word has grown about it. I am most definitely hoping to get to use it, but do you have any idea if & when it would be out for users??? Im so hopeful that this will work on me, just based on how it works.
                          Thanks much!!
                          My doctor said that he is hoping/thinking that this could be FDA approved in 2015. Jill said they might "fast track" this through. I hope and pray for that. Lou Lou girl

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                          • #43
                            Re: LiRIS

                            Originally posted by Lou Lou girl View Post
                            My doctor said that he is hoping/thinking that this could be FDA approved in 2015. Jill said they might "fast track" this through. I hope and pray for that. Lou Lou girl
                            I post a "diary" of my experiences as I went through both phases of the trial under a thread started by Jill. I believe the thread is entitled, "Taris Biomedical launches phase II trials" or something like that. It is everything you want to know about the device. It is long and it is a roller coaster ride with ups and downs. I think, but not sure, that the "diary" begins with post #26 (twenty something anyway). It is very very detailed. Sensations, pain, pain relief, insertion and retrieval of the device, when it started working, comments about my fellow participants experiences, size of the device, etc. etc. are covered. Lou Lou girl

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                            • #44
                              Re: LiRIS

                              I am starting the LiRIS trial next week. I would like to read your diaries but dont know how to find them. I really think this "pretzel" can make a huge difference for me. I am just upset that if it works like I think, i will have to wait a long time for fda approval. How can we get the word out so as many of us try it so it gets approved faster, do you think? I would love to hear about your experience! Marcaine and lidocaine treatments work great for me but wear off in 4-8 hours. Thanks for any info you can give me!

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                              • #45
                                Re: LiRIS

                                I completely agree with you Superbussell we need to get the word out that some of us are suffering and need a treatment, like yesterday. Marcaine works great for me too for only as long as it's in my bladder.

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