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    I'm in the midst of a flare that just doesn't seem to want to go away. I woke up one day with it and it's been my constant companion for nearly 3 weeks now. It wasn't caused by food, of that I'm sure and it's pointless to try to point the blame on stress or physical activity because nothing has changed in my life so it appears to be one of those perplexing flares that mysteriously appears.

    Anyway, as you can imagine, I'm getting a little worn down by the pain, pressure and frequency. I suddenly remembered that I had a TENS unit in my dresser drawer that my physical therapist got for me a while back. I put it on this morning and two hours later, I'm feeling better. I think it may even be helping with frequency. I'll be able to judge better as the day progresses
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    Experienced first symptoms in 2007
    Diagnosed with IC 6/13

    Diagnosed with PFD (Pelvic Floor Dysfunction) 8/13

    Medications: .5 mg. Ativan, occasionally for spasms

    Supplements: DH Aloe Vera capsules, 3 per day for maintenance and 6-12 per day during flares


    Following Strict IC Diet

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    Re: Success...I think!

    My pt used to use this on me and I always felt better afterward. It seemed to have such a calming effect on the muscles. I liked it better than regular therapy. I hope it continues to help you.

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    • #3
      Re: Success...I think!

      Is it still helping?

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      • #4
        Re: Success...I think!

        Yes Donna, it's still helping. It's not a long-term fix but if I wear the unit for an hour or so and take it off, I get some relief for a couple of hours. I have PFD so I don't know whether this would work on someone else. I've also started my PFD therapy at home again (which I had stopped when I wasn't flaring). I'm hoping that helps as well. But this is a nasty, non-food related flare so it's hanging on.
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        Experienced first symptoms in 2007
        Diagnosed with IC 6/13

        Diagnosed with PFD (Pelvic Floor Dysfunction) 8/13

        Medications: .5 mg. Ativan, occasionally for spasms

        Supplements: DH Aloe Vera capsules, 3 per day for maintenance and 6-12 per day during flares


        Following Strict IC Diet

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        • #5
          Re: Success...I think!

          Are you taking the warm sitz baths with epsom salts too? These helped me a lot when my pelvic floor was spasming, along with gentle pelvic floor stretches. Plain old camomile tea also had a really calming effect on all my muscles down there. Those darn PF flare ups just seem to come out of nowhere sometimes.

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          • #6
            Re: Success...I think!

            Can't take baths...that seems to irritate more than it helps. I always drink Camomile tea and it doesn't seem to relax me but to be fair, not much relaxes me. I have a special needs adult son at home and it can be very stressful. I'm doing my PF stretches hoping it will help. Right now all it's doing is making me sore but I have hope. This is just something, as ICer's, we have to deal with. Some are fortunate that their flares are few and far between. I thought I'd gotten to that point. Never count your chickens... And you're right. The PF flares usually do come out of nowhere. At least with a food flare you can probably identify it and correct it and you know there'll be a light at the end of the tunnel sooner rather than later. With PF...not so much.
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            Experienced first symptoms in 2007
            Diagnosed with IC 6/13

            Diagnosed with PFD (Pelvic Floor Dysfunction) 8/13

            Medications: .5 mg. Ativan, occasionally for spasms

            Supplements: DH Aloe Vera capsules, 3 per day for maintenance and 6-12 per day during flares


            Following Strict IC Diet

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            • #7
              Re: Success...I think!

              Just a thought- but have you tried the vaginal valium? Yes the PF flares are frustrating and more so than a food flare because as you said at least with a food flare you might know what brought it on by what you ate.

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