I have been in the grip of a massive ic flare-up for the past couple of months with severe pain and getting up often 12-15 times a night. I am desperate for some relief. My urologist has suggested I try a supra-pubic cathether which I am having inserted in a week's time. I am hoping it will enable me to get some sleep at night then during the day I can turn it off and void normally. The continence nurses I have seen are concerned that it could make my symptoms worse as the balloon that holds the catheter in will be touching the damaged bladder wall and causing irritation, and possibly a greater feeling of pressure. It is a bit of a worry but the hospital has arranged for a community nurse to visit me at home the next day, and the nurse will take the catheter out straight away if I say I can't tolerate it. Has anyone else been offered or tried a supra-pubic catheter? I would be very interested in hearing any one else's experience of it.