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    I had the first surgery to try out the Interstim II "lead" on my left side of my Sacral 3 nerve on Feb. 21st. Unfortunately, that test period did not provide any positive results (even with two recalculations of the box).
    I had a second surgery yesterday to put in a lead on the right side of my Sacral 3 nerve and now will be testing out that lead for at least a week. My question is, has anyone ever gone through this experience and had positive results the second time? I am keeping a positive outlook that this second trial will bear positive results for me in terms of retention and frequency. I look forward to hearing from those who had the same experience.
    Thank you!

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    I cant help you there with the questions about 2 trials and a successful outcome with the second one. I do want to offer my hopes and prayers for a successful run this time.
    God grant me the serinity to withstand the days ahead!!!

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    In Memory of My Father (Lawerence) 1/25/2007

    Interstim Sept 2001
    1st InterStim Removal May 2005
    2nd Interstim Implanted May 2005
    2nd InterStim Removed March 2007
    Hysterectomy 1999
    Tubes Tied 1997
    C-Section 1996

    Me and my kids

    Taylor (my daughter) Me and my daughter My son Cody and Taylor


    • #3
      I know that my urologist usually puts a lead in both the left and the right side when he does the initial trial surgery, so that if one side doesn't work, he can just switch the box to the other lead without having to do a second surgery. So... yes... I think it's pretty common to have a so-so result on one side but a better result on the other.

      When he did mine, he got the left lead in such a great, perfect position that he didn't even bother with the right side... unusual for him. He told my hubby that he was 90% sure it would work on the left, and it really has! Now that I have my permanent implant, it's great

      Good luck trying the other side. I hope it works for you

      Guess we are "righties" and "lefties" when it comes to sacral nerves too

      *Diagnosed with severe IC in 2004
      *Also diagnosed with PFD, fibromyalgia, chronic myofascial pain, IBS, migraines, allergies/asthma, dermatographism
      *Kept trying a million different treatments for all these things until I found what works, and I am doing okay these days with the help of a cocktail of medications and the InterStim, which was first placed in 2007. [I have had 2 revisions - one in 2010 when my battery died and had to be replaced, and one complete replacement (lead and generator) in 2012 after a fall on my stairs caused my lead to move.]
      *Current meds include Atarax (50mg at night), Lyrica (150mg twice a day), Xanax (0.5mg at night and as needed), Zanaflex (4mg at night), hydrocodone (10/325, every 6 hours as needed), Advair, Nasonex, Singulair (10mg at night), oral contraceptives, home instills containing Elmiron and Marcaine (as often as I need to do them).

      **I am not a medical authority nor do I offer definitive medical advice. I strongly encourage you to discuss your medical treatment with your personal medical care provider. Only they can, and should, give medical recommendations to you.