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  • maybe need a muscle relaxer for PFD?

    I went and bought an OTC muscle relaxer (for back/other muscles) to see if this would relax me as the PT told me I was "tight" but it did not do anything, in fact, my bladder (which has been pretty calm lately) started acting up...maybe I need to go to my family dr or uro and ask for something better? I have read quite a few threads and what others are taking but it is quite overhelming as IC is still so new for me...I am even thinking of buying some Aloe Vera gel cause when I sit on anything hard, it is very painful! Also, the PT told me to try and calm myself down, but how can I when it hurts all day long. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated...

  • #2
    I wouldn't have survived through the worst of my PFD without my muscle relaxer every 6 hours! Now I only need it rarely since my Elavil seems to relieve most of the pain... that combined with my PT. It does not bother my
    bladder at all. I have been on both cyclobenzaprine, and tizanidine.

    You will get sleepy at first, trust me... I could barely stay awake on them, but it did pass. Let me know if you have any other questions!
    Symtoms started July 2010.
    Severe pelvic floor pain only.

    2 time PT graduate!
    In medical remission since August 2011; able to eat and drink anything I want currently.

    IC meds:
    200 mg Elmiron in the morning
    100 mg Elmiron @ night
    Macrobid after intercourse

    03/11 07/11 01/12
    If at first you don't succeed: 07/26/2013!


    • #3
      vaginal valium suppositories have been a life saver for me! I would ask your doctor about it. They don't like to prescribe oral valium because it is so addicting but I think through a suppository it has less side effects. It doesn't even really make me tired anymore. And it goes right to the area of pain. Hope you start to feel better!
      I am happy to say that I am off all pain medication and currently take Neurontin and Uribel for my IC. I went to the Cleveland Clinic Chronic Pain Rehabilitation program and it saved my life!! I still get bad flare ups but it turns out I was on so many narcotics it was making my pain worse.


      • #4
        I take 10mg generic flexeril every night. It helps with the spasms.

        I am not a medical authority nor do I offer medical advice. In all cases, 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.

        New favorite quote: "God gives us only what we can handle. Apparently God thinks I'm a bad-ass" ~Author Unknown
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        Current treatments:
        -IC diet
        -Elavil 50mg at night
        -Continuous use birth control pills (4-5 periods/year)
        -Heparin/Marcaine/Sodium Bicarb home instills at night 3-4x per week, more often if needed
        -Pyridium if needed,
        -Pain medicine at bedtime daily, as needed during the day several times per week
        -Antibiotic when doing an instillation to prevent UTI
        -Colace & SmartFiber to treat chronic constipation from meds, Fleet enema as needed
        -Dye Free Benadryl 50 mg at bedtime
        -"Your Pace Yoga: Relieving Pelvic Pain" dvd, walking, treadmill at gym
        -Managing stress= VERY important!
        -Fur therapy: Hugging the cat!


        • #5
          Thank you all for your helpful treatments...and encouragement!