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Interstitial Cystitis

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What was the treatment for your interstitial cystitis? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: TC, Female (Patient) Published: September 15

I was diagnosed with interstitial cystitis in summer of 2015. When I got my diagnosis my thoughts went immediately to a TENS unit. I used such a unit with my 2 C-sections and I loved it. I purchased a unit and have not had an episode where it did not help. TENS units can run anywhere from USD 20 or so up to over USD 100, and there are also wireless models. I paid about USD 40 for my unit and consider it money very well spent.

Comment from: Candy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 20

I have had interstitial cystitis (IC) for about 7 years now. I initially had several urinary tract infections (UTI). My urologist did a scope to eliminate bladder cancer. Fortunately, there was no cancer, and I finally tested negative for a UTI. But my symptoms continued. I decided to go to my gynecologist and as soon as I told her my symptoms she diagnosed me with IC. She informed me about a 'rescue solution.' That is where they insert lidocaine, sodium bicarbonate and heparin into your bladder. I had this done 3 consecutive times within a week and then when the IC flares up. I have been fortunate that it only flares up about every 3 months. It lasts for 7 to 10 days, then it dissipates. It is difficult during that time, but luckily it doesn't last any longer. Also I take UTA pills when my IC acts up. That also seems to help.

Comment from: Vicki, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 29

The pain is awful. I have tried all medications. I am now looking into Botox injections for bladder pain. I hear that Botox gives a high success rate if you can get it.

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