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    I'm having my first meeting with my physical therapist today. I haven't said too much about it because I don't really know what to say. My husband is going with me but I have no idea what to expect. What CAN I expect from a first visit?
    Katie-46 yr old female dx'd with IC after 15 years of symptoms off and on long term antibiotic use, GERD,IBS and now IC diet, gallbladder removed, endometrial ablation w/tubes tied
    Lexapro-20 mg
    Ambien-as needed
    Percocet-7.5 up to 3 per day as needed
    Valium-10 mg x2 per day
    Phenergan-1 at night
    Prelief w/everything
    Now recovering from acute pancreatitis

    Currents treatments that help somewhat:
    Heating pad
    Hot baths
    Being VERY still while lying down with legs elevated

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    for over a year.
    At my first PT appoint she did a thorough history, then assesses my spine, hips, leg length and did a little internal work, I felt better right after. I've been in PT for over a year. It rally helps me.



    • #3
      Pelvic Floor Dys

      Hi, I have had IC for about 4 yrs. or so. I think I am experiencing PFD. I just talked to my GP who is having me see the gyn. The first thing he said is that they would do a surgery for it. Is this always the case? How does this affect the IC? I would appreciate any help or information you can give me. Judy Gee


      • #4
        PFD is when the muscles of our pelvic region are very tense and causing pain and spasms. I can't think of any surgery other than if he is talking about lifting your bladder surgically? Like when a womens organ drop and need to be tacked back up. ( I hope I said that right, not very familiar with it)
        Maybe someone else can give you more input on that. As for physical therapy, that is used to help us get our muscles to function properly. After having pain and problems for a period of time our tense muscles can shorten and become very tight. This can cause a lot of referred pain, like in your lower back.

        keep us updated as to what you find out, take care
        Link to the patient information, everything from What is IC? to Disability

        American Urological Association Clinical Guideline
        Diagnosis and Treatment of Intersitial Cysitis/Painful Bladder Syndrom


        • #5
          Judy, what type of surgery is your GP recommending? If you have pfd, you should be doing pt before even considering surgery. If you're not sure if you have pfd, a pt would be more qualified to diagnose it than a GP. Try to get a referral for pt, or get to a urogynecologist so you can find out for sure if you have pfd before you decide how to proceed.
          34 years old, bladder symptoms all my life
          diagnosed with PFD and VV October 2009; IC May 2010

          Current meds:
          Cystoprotek 2 pills twice a day, Hydroxyzine 10 mg, Gabapentin 600 mg, Myrbetriq 25mg, Zoloft 25 mg, Mircrogestin, capsaicin cream (for vulva)
          Other past treatments:
          IC diet, physical therapy, Traumeel injections as needed, TENS unit, heating pad, instills with sodium bicarb, lidocaine, and mucosa compositum
          Tried and didn't work:
          Pyridium, Singlair, Nortriptyline, Elmiron, lidocaine and heparin instills (worked at first, then didn't anymore), various creams, acupuncture