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R.I.P. Annie (X-post)

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  • R.I.P. Annie (X-post)

    I posted this in another section as well in order to cover more people:

    I have been having a lot of urgency/frequency and increased pain that past several weeks. I found out yesterday that my interstim (her name is Annie) is DEAD. They said they had never seen one so dead - that they usually have at least a little bit of power left in them. Not the case with mine. I got it in March of 2006 so it lasted almost exactly 5 years.

    Now I am having the surgery to get a new one. Hopefully my leads are still good so they don't have to redo that. Who has had theirs replaced? How does the surgery compare to the first time around? Did you find that it works just the same as the previous one?

    I guess I'm worried it won't work as well since it has to be messed with. This thing has totally gotten me out of bed and I am one of the lucky few that it helps with pain as well.
    Live life to the fullest day to day. The best way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time!

    DX: IC - November 2002 after hysterectomy
    Interstim implanted March 2006 - died May 2011
    Interstim replacement June 2011
    Meds: Pain meds, muscle relaxer, cystex, and marcaine bladder instills as needed.
    Docs: Pain management doc, urologist, family practice