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  • #61
    I am so happy for you Chris! Sounds like it is working!!!
    Diagnosed with IC in May 2011

    Current Medications:
    Elmiron 400 mg daily
    Imipramine 75 mg daily

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    • #62
      Good luck with continued success with your interstim.
      i have one as well, and may be revised in the net few months. i have had for 6 yrs.
      Also i know a women, she is also a member here and swears by the interstim, before the implant she had severe retention, which caused urine to back up into kidneys, which if left like that she would die. but since the implant she has been able to urinate with no problem. so we are each different in our needs for an interstim. take care...sheryl
      Dx 2005. Worsened w/preg in 94. Voiding 100 x. DMSO in 04= 7 weeks, worsened. Saw urogyno 05. Started heparin, kenalog lidocaine, helped a few hours. Referred to uro who implanted stim in 06. Trial great, w/99% improvement. Not seen same w/perm implant, leads were placed in rt. labia which caused me pain to set on therapeutic level. Leads were placed in butt w/trial stim, & not painful to turn up. Having revised 11-19, done while awake, so can ask where I feel pulses, so can be placed in butt rather than labia. W/revision, should be able to turn high & see therapeutic effect. Still need to see gyno for PFD, have terrible pain w/orgasm. On Valium supps. Helps some. IC & PFD make sex painful, hopefully stim & gyno will help.
      Previous meds: Urised= off market, Elmiron= caused gastro problems. OAB meds= retention. Hyoscomine- not help. Azo= makes worse.
      Current meds: Elival 50 mgs at night, helps w/nocturia. Loratab=pain Prozac= anxiety. Zocor=cholesterol, Fioricet= Migraines. Zantac=acid reflux. Trazadone=insomnia. Zofran&Phenergan=nausea. Atarax =pain relief. Diflucan=yeast infections.
      Supplements=Magnesium=migraines, Marshmallow root, not sure helping or not, but not hurting anything. Enzymes= digestion. Melatonin=insomnia. Stool softeners & Miralax =constipation.
      Acidophilius =gut. Gas pills. Bio-freeze=muscles. Prelief= bladder
      Chewable vitamin. Tylenol=pain. Rarely ibuprofen= intolerant to nsaids .On elimination diet since Aug Not seen help w/bladder, but w/gut. Good effect w/diet is have lost 30 lbs.

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      • #63
        Re: Is Interstim for pain control??

        I realize this is an old thread, but I just wanted to say thank you for posting this. My OB/GYN confirmed my IC and from there I found what I thought was a good urologist. My first appointment this man spoke with me for approximately five minutes and immediately said the Interstim is the only thing that would help me, told me he would get me literature and be right back. Twenty minutes later a nurse came in handed me a phamphlet and a paper scheduling the trial implant. Needless to say, I left and never looked back at him. I'm glad I went with my gut. However, I do not want to imply nothing good comes from the Interstim. I just felt it wasn't for me, at least not that quickly from someone who didn't take the time to talk to me, get to know me and my symptoms and history.
        April 2012 -diagnosed with IC, potassium sensitivity test
        May 2012 - potassium sensitivity test, hydro/cysto/biopsy, bladder scans, ct scans, and urodynamics test. Started IC diet.
        June 2012 - diagnosed with Pelvic Floor Dysfunction and Vulvodynia, irritable bowel syndrome. Started low oxalate diet.
        July 2012 - diagnosed with Gerd/Pud, seasonal allergies, migraines, chronic sinusitis, TMJ, chronic ear infections, deviated septum, fibromyalgia and mild hearing loss. Sept 2012 - started Elmiron again, Uribel and Elavil
        Oct 2012 - Stopped the Elavil. Started Neurontin, Atarax and Vaginal Valium
        Nov 2012 - Started taking Cymbalta for fibromyalgia, Allergies of apples, turkey, beef, chicken, potatoes, peanuts, celery, ginger, tuna, green beans and vanilla. Also, dust mites, mold, pollen, trees and ragweed.
        Dec 2012 - migraines confirmed, prescribed Maxalt. Vitamin D deficient, Ergocalciferol weekly. Neurontin, Atarax and Vaginal Valium doubled. Claratin for allergies. Tramadol, Flexeril, and Dextroamphetamin
        Mar 2013 - diagnosed Celiac Disease - started gluten-free diet. B12 injections and Lunesta.
        Jun 2013 - cysto/hydro performed. Hunner's ulcers found.
        May 2014 - uterine fibroids. New Allergies to Morphine, Hydrocodone, Percocet, Codeine and hyoscyamine.

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        • #64
          Re: Is Interstim for pain control??

          Originally posted by Kecia View Post
          I realize this is an old thread, but I just wanted to say thank you for posting this. My OB/GYN confirmed my IC and from there I found what I thought was a good urologist. My first appointment this man spoke with me for approximately five minutes and immediately said the Interstim is the only thing that would help me, told me he would get me literature and be right back. Twenty minutes later a nurse came in handed me a phamphlet and a paper scheduling the trial implant. Needless to say, I left and never looked back at him. I'm glad I went with my gut. However, I do not want to imply nothing good comes from the Interstim. I just felt it wasn't for me, at least not that quickly from someone who didn't take the time to talk to me, get to know me and my symptoms and history.
          Thank you for sharing your experience.

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          Donna
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          • #65
            Re: Is Interstim for pain control??

            I have the interstim as well. I have both ends of the spectrum. Either going every five minutes or not at all. Can't seem to find the right setting for me. If anything when I have it on it contracts my muscles thus not allowing me to go but I still have the spasms. Glad to hear it worked for you.

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            • #66
              Re: Is Interstim for pain control??

              Again, sorry for posting to such an old thread but I just wanted to ask some questions and share my recent experience. I have been diagnosed with IC for about 4 years by my OBGYN who at that time believed in the potassium test. Since then I have been on elmiron 2 different times, and Amitripillne, also DMSO instillations which did not work for me. I found a new urologist who currently has me on vaginal valium 3 times daily, zanaflex 2 times daily, another trial of elmiron, and Enablex. I have tried myrbetriq but caused severe retention and the Enablex is starting to do the same. I find the most relief when I take my vaginal valium and pain meds when I have a flare (not daily). During my cysto/hydro my urologist said my bladder didn't look "that bad" and since doesn't believe my pain is as bad as is it is. She "reluctantly" has referred me to a pain clinic but said I might not get in because I'm only 26. I have a bachelors degree and I am a case manager so me missing work from this debilitating pain is eventually going to catch up with me. She keeps pushing me to have the interstim, and keeps telling me it will help with my pain. I already am reluctant to have the surgery due to the fact my frequency and urgency has been cut in half from taking valium and zanaflex. I went from 20-30 times a day to now 10-15 which is a huge deal for me. I feel like she just wants to profit from the surgery and has flat out told me she thinks I'm pill seeking. I just know what works for my body. I'm in between a rock and a hard place here...I don't want to have the surgery since my frequency is controlled, but is worried about wether or not it will help with my bladder and pelvic pain....anyone have any suggestions? So sorry for the long post. I just really need some guidance from someone that has gone through this.

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              • #67
                Re: Is Interstim for pain control??

                Interstim does Not work for pain. a couple years back my Urologist referred me to a doctor who did Interstims, well he did the surgery to put them in. He told me right off the bat that interstim is Not recommended for those who have pain as their main issue. It does not help with pain, it works on urgency and frequency. I just saw another urogyne not too long ago just to see what other things they have come up with since I last saw a specialist( I have tried everything and am still suffering). He mentioned the Interstim as well. I told him that I was told that Interstim does not work for pain. He said, usually it does not but he was just throwing it out there because I have tried so many things already. I do Not feel it is wise to put myself through a surgery just to say I tried it, knowing it is not going to help me with my pain.

                That being said, I did see a pain doctor recently who offered another kind of spinal cord stimulator except it is used to treat pain. You would have to see a pain specialist as they are the ones who deal with this kind of thing, not a urologist. It may be worth looking into for you. I am thinking about it right now. I am just leery of having anything invasive done when it comes to my spinal cord. But I have not ruled it out as of yet. I mean I just would like to do more research on it and see how many people with IC bladder pain have gotten relief from it first. As for Interstim, it was proven that it did not help with pain so much though.














                Originally posted by Jjustic7 View Post
                Again, sorry for posting to such an old thread but I just wanted to ask some questions and share my recent experience. I have been diagnosed with IC for about 4 years by my OBGYN who at that time believed in the potassium test. Since then I have been on elmiron 2 different times, and Amitripillne, also DMSO instillations which did not work for me. I found a new urologist who currently has me on vaginal valium 3 times daily, zanaflex 2 times daily, another trial of elmiron, and Enablex. I have tried myrbetriq but caused severe retention and the Enablex is starting to do the same. I find the most relief when I take my vaginal valium and pain meds when I have a flare (not daily). During my cysto/hydro my urologist said my bladder didn't look "that bad" and since doesn't believe my pain is as bad as is it is. She "reluctantly" has referred me to a pain clinic but said I might not get in because I'm only 26. I have a bachelors degree and I am a case manager so me missing work from this debilitating pain is eventually going to catch up with me. She keeps pushing me to have the interstim, and keeps telling me it will help with my pain. I already am reluctant to have the surgery due to the fact my frequency and urgency has been cut in half from taking valium and zanaflex. I went from 20-30 times a day to now 10-15 which is a huge deal for me. I feel like she just wants to profit from the surgery and has flat out told me she thinks I'm pill seeking. I just know what works for my body. I'm in between a rock and a hard place here...I don't want to have the surgery since my frequency is controlled, but is worried about wether or not it will help with my bladder and pelvic pain....anyone have any suggestions? So sorry for the long post. I just really need some guidance from someone that has gone through this.

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