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    I just got back from my uro, and we went over my results from urodynamics. Based on my results, he told me I was a great canidate, and asked if I was still interested. I said YES!!! :woohoo: :woohoo: He went over the proceudre with a replica of the lower spine. He told me there was a slight chance for pain reduction, but not to count on it. He has done over 150 implants, the most in new england! He had me sign something saying I can't have MRI or diathermy>? Well I signed. Then he told me if I got pregnant the stim HAD to be turned off. He told me I could still have a vaginal deliery. :woohoo: He gave me literature on the 2 implant stages! So right now, i'm on top of the world! They are sending me my surgical dates in the mail after they get everything squared away. They told me the scheudling was very complicated since they had to fly someone out to Maine for me. Well just hought I would share the good news. I will let you guys know when my surgical dates are.

    Erika
    IC diagnosed officially via cysto/urodynamics 1/26/07

    Grade II Endometriosis diagnosed via lap 12/11/07

    "Fall down seven times, Stand up eight."

    "Life is a tragedy for those who feel and a comedy for those who think."

    Current Treatments:
    Interstim Since 5/25/07!
    Birth Control

  • #2
    :woohoo: That is so awesome! Hope you don't have to wait to long.

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    • #3
      That is wonderful news Erika , I am so happy for you ..

      I hope it is a great success for you as I have had my now over the pass eight years with great success..
      Thinking positive has got me through to another day!!

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      • #4
        :woohoo: :woohoo: let us know when..
        'The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.'

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        • #5
          That is just awesome. Keep us posted.:woohoo:

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          • #6
            Thanks!

            BTW, I was wondering if anyone got the trial/implant with local/sedation only and not general? Will this be enough>? I'm so scared of being under-sedated and feeling the procedure.

            Erika
            IC diagnosed officially via cysto/urodynamics 1/26/07

            Grade II Endometriosis diagnosed via lap 12/11/07

            "Fall down seven times, Stand up eight."

            "Life is a tragedy for those who feel and a comedy for those who think."

            Current Treatments:
            Interstim Since 5/25/07!
            Birth Control

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            • #7
              I had my trial done under sedation and it was just fine. They sedate you and give you a local around the incision sites for good measure. You can read all about my trial lead implantation in this thread:

              http://www.ic-network.com/forum/showthread.php?t=35392
              ****
              Jen

              *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.

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              • #8
                :woohoo: Glad your Uro thinks that this will help you! I hope that you have good results with it and it brings you lots of relief! Keep us posted on everything. I will be keeping my fingers crossed for you that you get alot of relief.

                Hugs,
                Amy

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                • #9
                  I had my interstim implanted on Mar. 25, so it's been one month now. I was under local sedation, and slept thru both the trail and final, which was great. I must say being dry day and night is a wonderful life, a change after 15 years of leaking. Hope you can be scheduled soon. Wish you well. The interstim reps are wonderful and concerned, and available 24/7. sue

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                  • #10
                    Thank you for all your replies and support! Its good to know that I will "sleep" through the surgeries. They way the doctor described it to me, sedation wasn't asleep it was awake, but I am now realizing it is simply, the ability to be awakened and that I will have a good deal of amnesia from the surgery.

                    Erika
                    IC diagnosed officially via cysto/urodynamics 1/26/07

                    Grade II Endometriosis diagnosed via lap 12/11/07

                    "Fall down seven times, Stand up eight."

                    "Life is a tragedy for those who feel and a comedy for those who think."

                    Current Treatments:
                    Interstim Since 5/25/07!
                    Birth Control

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                    • #11
                      Good luck, Erika! Yes, conscious sedation is kind of a misnomer. It's used to differentiate this type of sedation from general anesthesia, where you would most likely need a breathing tube, etc. Conscious sedation puts you to sleep, and you don't remember anything afterwards. If you don't fall asleep when they put it in (should be by IV push), SAY SO. They'll push more if necessary.

                      I don't have interstim but had a whole lot of prolotherapy injections for my back, all done under conscious sedation. It's nothing to worry about, and you shake off the effects much more quickly than you would a general anesthesia.
                      Je vous souhaite de la joie, de la bonne santée, et tout ce qu'il y a de bon dans la vie.
                      Wishing you happiness and good health, and all the best out of life.

                      Peace, Carolyn
                      ___________________________________________________

                      Laura (11), Susannah (12 1/2) and Maman (that's me!), North Wildwood NJ, September 2007


                      On the Beach with IC

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                      • #12
                        Sorry for not posting on this earlier. I'm so happy to hear that your dr says this might help you!!!! I hope everything goes well. I will be praying for you sweetheart. (((Huggs)))
                        Rach
                        ***Rachel***

                        Dance like no one is watching
                        Love like you've never been hurt
                        Live today like it's your last

                        Dxd with IC in June '06

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