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    I've found I can get some immediate relief from bladder pain with my IF unit. Wish it lasted longer but its something! Anyhow, I've had problems with the electrodes. The ones my PT uses can only be ordered by doctor's offices or clinics, and so I'm on my own. I've bought several different brands and all seem to almost entirely lose stickiness by the second and third applications. Anyone have recommendations for a good brand or kind of electrodes that last a long time? I clean my skin with a special skin prep or alcohol swab before application and store them in a plastic bag. I had a brand with a clear backing with the letters "on" printed in blue and those last forever but I can't find the brand online anywhere. All recommendations will be appreciated! Thanks!
    IC symptoms since Dec. 12 2010 after confirmed bladder infection "never went away." Recently also diagnosed with PCOS, piriformis syndrome, and pelvic floor dysfunction, sinus issues. I was in great health before fall 2010.
    Current medications: citalopram 40 mg, valium 2.5 mgs a night, lidocaine patch (for back pain), Prelief
    Therapies tried or continuing: stretches, walks, baths, internal massage, physical therapy, IC diet, IF unit, heating pad, mindfulness based stress reduction classes, cognitive therapy, books on IC and pelvic pain...

    Drugs Tried: the urinary analgesics, 4 kinds of muscle relaxants (including in suppository form), hydroxyzine, 3 kinds of TCA's, lyrica, cymbalta, 6 months elmiron, vesicare, antibiotics, prednisone (after sinus surgery), NSAIDS...
    Supplements: over 20 herbs and supplements, including regimens from TCM practitioner and a naturopathic MD
    Intravesical/Surgical: 3 instills of Uracyst, 2 “rescue instills” lidocaine, bicarb, elmiron; 1 self-instill of marcaine, a steroid, bicarb and heparin; 1 hydrodistention and capsaicin instill (made me worse, still recovering two months later...)
    Other: Acupuncture treatments, magnets (LOL), Anti-Candida Diet (2 months), Wheat free diet, water pH

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    When I use my TENS, if I have trouble with them sticking, I dampen them slightly and it helps. I don't know the brand name, but they do have the clear plastic sheet that says ON to store them when not in use. You might ask your PT to order some for you.

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