Interstital Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome (IC/PBS)..article..

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  1. kjfms

    kjfms Member

    ...sorry so many of you all are suffering from this. Best of luck to all.



    Interstitial cystitis (IC) is a condition that results in recurring discomfort or pain in the bladder and the surrounding pelvic region. The symptoms vary from case to case and even in the same individual. People may experience mild discomfort, pressure, tenderness, or intense pain in the bladder and pelvic area. Symptoms may include an urgent need to urinate (urgency), a frequent need to urinate (frequency), or a combination of these symptoms. Pain may change in intensity as the bladder fills with urine or as it empties. Women's symptoms often get worse during menstruation. They may sometimes experience pain with vaginal intercourse.

    Because IC varies so much in symptoms and severity, most researchers believe that it is not one, but several diseases. In recent years, scientists have started to use the term painful bladder syndrome (PBS) to describe cases with painful urinary symptoms that may not meet the strictest definition of IC. The term IC / PBS includes all cases of urinary pain that can't be attributed to other causes, such as infection or urinary stones. The term interstitial cystitis, or IC, is used alone when describing cases that meet all of the IC criteria established by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).

    In IC / PBS, the bladder wall may be irritated and become scarred or stiff. Glomerulations (pinpoint bleeding caused by recurrent irritation) often appear on the bladder wall. Hunner's ulcers are present in 10 percent of patients with IC. Some people with IC / PBS find that their bladders cannot hold much urine, which increases the frequency of urination. Frequency, however, is not always specifically related to bladder size; many people with severe frequency have normal bladder capacity. People with severe cases of IC / PBS may urinate as many as 60 times a day, including frequent nighttime urination (nocturia).

    IC / PBS is far more common in women than in men. Of the estimated 1 million Americans with IC, up to 90 percent are women. [Top]

    What causes IC?
    Some of the symptoms of IC / PBS resemble those of bacterial infection, but medical tests reveal no organisms in the urine of patients with IC / PBS. Furthermore, patients with IC / PBS do not respond to antibiotic therapy. Researchers are working to understand the causes of IC / PBS and to find effective treatments.

    In recent years, researchers have isolated a substance found almost exclusively in the urine of people with interstitial cystitis. They have named the substance antiproliferative factor, or APF, because it appears to block the normal growth of the cells that line the inside wall of the bladder. Researchers anticipate that learning more about APF will lead to a greater understanding of the causes of IC and to possible treatments.

    Researchers are beginning to explore the possibility that heredity may play a part in some forms of IC. In a few cases, IC has affected a mother and a daughter or two sisters, but it does not commonly run in families.

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    How is IC / PBS diagnosed?
    Because symptoms are similar to those of other disorders of the urinary bladder and because there is no definitive test to identify IC / PBS, doctors must rule out other treatable conditions before considering a diagnosis of IC / PBS. The most common of these diseases in both genders are urinary tract infections and bladder cancer. IC / PBS is not associated with any increased risk in developing cancer. In men, common diseases include chronic prostatitis or chronic pelvic pain syndrome.

    The diagnosis of IC / PBS in the general population is based on

    presence of pain related to the bladder, usually accompanied by frequency and urgency


    absence of other diseases that could cause the symptoms
    Diagnostic tests that help in ruling out other diseases include urinalysis, urine culture, cystoscopy, biopsy of the bladder wall, distention of the bladder under anesthesia, urine cytology, and laboratory examination of prostate secretions.

    Urinalysis and Urine Culture
    Examining urine under a microscope and culturing the urine can detect and identify the primary organisms that are known to infect the urinary tract and that may cause symptoms similar to IC / PBS. A urine sample is obtained either by catheterization or by the "clean catch" method. For a clean catch, the patient washes the genital area before collecting urine "midstream" in a sterile container. White and red blood cells and bacteria in the urine may indicate an infection of the urinary tract, which can be treated with an antibiotic. If urine is sterile for weeks or months while symptoms persist, the doctor may consider a diagnosis of IC / PBS.

    Culture of Prostate Secretions
    Although not commonly done, in men, the doctor might obtain prostatic fluid and examine it for signs of a prostate infection, which can then be treated with antibiotics.

    Cystoscopy Under Anesthesia With Bladder Distention
    The doctor may perform a cystoscopic examination in order to rule out bladder cancer. During cystoscopy, the doctor uses a cystoscope—an instrument made of a hollow tube about the diameter of a drinking straw with several lenses and a light—to see inside the bladder and urethra. The doctor might also distend or stretch the bladder to its capacity by filling it with a liquid or gas. Because bladder distention is painful in patients with IC / PBS, they must be given some form of anesthesia for the procedure.

    The doctor may also test the patient's maximum bladder capacity—the maximum amount of liquid or gas the bladder can hold. This procedure must be done under anesthesia since the bladder capacity is limited by either pain or a severe urge to urinate.

    Biopsy
    A biopsy is a tissue sample that can be examined under a microscope. Samples of the bladder and urethra may be removed during a cystoscopy. A biopsy helps rule out bladder cancer.

    Future Diagnostic Tools
    Researchers are investigating and validating some promising biomarkers such as anti-proliferative factor (APF), some cytokines, and other growth factors. These might provide more reliable diagnostic markers for IC and lead to more focused treatment for the disease.


    Cytoscope
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    What are the treatments for IC / PBS?
    Scientists have not yet found a cure for IC / PBS, nor can they predict who will respond best to which treatment. Symptoms may disappear without explanation or coincide with an event such as a change in diet or treatment. Even when symptoms disappear, they may return after days, weeks, months, or years. Scientists do not know why.

    Because the causes of IC / PBS are unknown, current treatments are aimed at relieving symptoms. Many people are helped for variable periods by one or a combination of the treatments. As researchers learn more about IC / PBS, the list of potential treatments will change, so patients should discuss their options with a doctor.

    Bladder Distention
    Many patients have noted an improvement in symptoms after a bladder distention has been done to diagnose IC / PBS. In many cases, the procedure is used as both a diagnostic test and initial therapy.

    Researchers are not sure why distention helps, but some believe that it may increase capacity and interfere with pain signals transmitted by nerves in the bladder. Symptoms may temporarily worsen 24 to 48 hours after distention, but should return to predistention levels or improve within 2 to 4 weeks.

    Bladder Instillation
    During a bladder instillation, also called a bladder wash or bath, the bladder is filled with a solution that is held for varying periods of time, averaging 10 to 15 minutes, before being emptied.

    The only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for bladder instillation is dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO, RIMSO-50). DMSO treatment involves guiding a narrow tube called a catheter up the urethra into the bladder. A measured amount of DMSO is passed through the catheter into the bladder, where it is retained for about 15 minutes before being expelled. Treatments are given every week or two for 6 to 8 weeks and repeated as needed. Most people who respond to DMSO notice improvement 3 or 4 weeks after the first 6- to 8-week cycle of treatments. Highly motivated patients who are willing to catheterize themselves may, after consultation with their doctor, be able to have DMSO treatments at home. Self-administration is less expensive and more convenient than going to the doctor's office.

    Doctors think DMSO works in several ways. Because it passes into the bladder wall, it may reach tissue more effectively to reduce inflammation and block pain. It may also prevent muscle contractions that cause pain, frequency, and urgency.

    A bothersome but relatively insignificant side effect of DMSO treatments is a garlic-like taste and odor on the breath and skin that may last up to 72 hours after treatment. Long-term treatment has caused cataracts in animal studies, but this side effect has not appeared in humans. Blood tests, including a complete blood count and kidney and liver function tests, should be done about every 6 months.

    Oral Drugs
    Pentosan polysulfate sodium (Elmiron)
    This first oral drug developed for IC was approved by the FDA in 1996. In clinical trials, the drug improved symptoms in 30 percent of patients treated. Doctors do not know exactly how it works, but one theory is that it may repair defects that might have developed in the lining of the bladder.

    The FDA-recommended oral dosage of Elmiron is 100 mg, three times a day. Patients may not feel relief from IC pain for the first 2 to 4 months. A decrease in urinary frequency may take up to 6 months. Patients are urged to continue with therapy for at least 6 months to give the drug an adequate chance to relieve symptoms.

    Elmiron's side effects are limited primarily to minor gastrointestinal discomfort. A small minority of patients experienced some hair loss, but hair grew back when they stopped taking the drug. Researchers have found no negative interactions between Elmiron and other medications.

    Elmiron may affect liver function, which should therefore be monitored by the doctor.

    Because Elmiron has not been tested in pregnant women, the manufacturer recommends that it not be used during pregnancy, except in the most severe cases.

    Other oral medications
    Aspirin and ibuprofen may be a first line of defense against mild discomfort. Doctors may recommend other drugs to relieve pain.

    Some patients have experienced improvement in their urinary symptoms by taking tricyclic antidepressants (amitriptyline) or antihistamines. Amitriptyline may help to reduce pain, increase bladder capacity, and decrease frequency and nocturia. Some patients may not be able to take it because it makes them too tired during the day. In patients with severe pain, narcotic analgesics such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) with codeine or longer acting narcotics may be necessary.

    All drugs—even those sold over the counter—have side effects. Patients should always consult a doctor before using any drug for an extended amount of time.

    Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation
    With transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), mild electric pulses enter the body for minutes to hours two or more times a day either through wires placed on the lower back or just above the pubic area, between the navel and the pubic hair, or through special devices inserted into the vagina in women or into the rectum in men. Although scientists do not know exactly how TENS relieves pelvic pain, it has been suggested that the electrical pulses may increase blood flow to the bladder, strengthen pelvic muscles that help control the bladder, or trigger the release of substances that block pain.

    TENS is relatively inexpensive and allows the patient to take an active part in treatment. Within some guidelines, the patient decides when, how long, and at what intensity TENS will be used. It has been most helpful in relieving pain and decreasing frequency in patients with Hunner's ulcers. Smokers do not respond as well as nonsmokers. If TENS is going to help, improvement is usually apparent in 3 to 4 months.

    Diet
    There is no scientific evidence linking diet to IC / PBS, but many doctors and patients find that alcohol, tomatoes, spices, chocolate, caffeinated and citrus beverages, and high-acid foods may contribute to bladder irritation and inflammation. Some patients also note that their symptoms worsen after eating or drinking products containing artificial sweeteners. Patients may try eliminating various items from their diet and reintroducing them one at a time to determine which, if any, affect their symptoms. However, maintaining a varied, well balanced diet is important.

    Smoking
    Many patients feel that smoking makes their symptoms worse. How the by-products of tobacco that are excreted in the urine affect IC / PBS is unknown. Smoking, however, is the major known cause of bladder cancer. Therefore, one of the best things smokers can do for their bladder and their overall health is to quit.

    Exercise
    Many patients feel that gentle stretching exercises help relieve IC / PBS symptoms.

    Bladder Training
    People who have found adequate relief from pain may be able to reduce frequency by using bladder training techniques. Methods vary, but basically patients decide to void (empty their bladder) at designated times and use relaxation techniques and distractions to keep to the schedule. Gradually, patients try to lengthen the time between scheduled voids. A diary in which to record voiding times is usually helpful in keeping track of progress.



    Surgery
    Surgery should be considered only if all available treatments have failed and the pain is disabling. Many approaches and techniques are used, each of which has its own advantages and complications that should be discussed with a surgeon. Your doctor may recommend consulting another surgeon for a second opinion before taking this step. Most doctors are reluctant to operate because the outcome is unpredictable: Some people still have symptoms after surgery.

    People considering surgery should discuss the potential risks and benefits, side effects, and long- and short-term complications with a surgeon and with their family, as well as with people who have already had the procedure. Surgery requires anesthesia, hospitalization, and weeks or months of recovery. As the complexity of the procedure increases, so do the chances for complications and for failure.

    To locate a surgeon experienced in performing specific procedures, check with your doctor.

    Two procedures—fulguration and resection of ulcers—can be done with instruments inserted through the urethra. Fulguration involves burning Hunner's ulcers with electricity or a laser. When the area heals, the dead tissue and the ulcer fall off, leaving new, healthy tissue behind. Resection involves cutting around and removing the ulcers. Both treatments are done under anesthesia and use special instruments inserted into the bladder through a cystoscope. Laser surgery in the urinary tract should be reserved for patients with Hunner's ulcers and should be done only by doctors who have had special training and have the expertise needed to perform the procedure.

    Another surgical treatment is augmentation, which makes the bladder larger. In most of these procedures, scarred, ulcerated, and inflamed sections of the patient's bladder are removed, leaving only the base of the bladder and healthy tissue. A piece of the patient's colon (large intestine) is then removed, reshaped, and attached to what remains of the bladder. After the incisions heal, the patient may void less frequently. The effect on pain varies greatly; IC / PBS can sometimes recur on the segment of colon used to enlarge the bladder.

    Even in carefully selected patients—those with small, contracted bladders—pain, frequency, and urgency may remain or return after surgery, and patients may have additional problems with infections in the new bladder and difficulty absorbing nutrients from the shortened colon. Some patients are incontinent, while others cannot void at all and must insert a catheter into the urethra to empty the bladder.

    A surgical variation of TENS, called sacral nerve root stimulation, involves permanent implantation of electrodes and a unit emitting continuous electrical pulses. Studies of this experimental procedure are now under way.

    Bladder removal, called a cystectomy, is another, very infrequently used, surgical option. Once the bladder has been removed, different methods can be used to reroute the urine. In most cases, ureters are attached to a piece of colon that opens onto the skin of the abdomen. This procedure is called a urostomy and the opening is called a stoma. Urine empties through the stoma into a bag outside the body. Some urologists are using a second technique that also requires a stoma but allows urine to be stored in a pouch inside the abdomen. At intervals throughout the day, the patient puts a catheter into the stoma and empties the pouch. Patients with either type of urostomy must be very careful to keep the area in and around the stoma clean to prevent infection. Serious potential complications may include kidney infection and small bowel obstruction.

    A third method to reroute urine involves making a new bladder from a piece of the patient's colon and attaching it to the urethra. After healing, the patient may be able to empty the newly formed bladder by voiding at scheduled times or by inserting a catheter into the urethra. Only a few surgeons have the special training and expertise needed to perform this procedure.

    Even after total bladder removal, some patients still experience variable IC / PBS symptoms in the form of phantom pain. Therefore, the decision to undergo a cystectomy should be made only after testing all alternative methods and after seriously considering the potential outcome.

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    Are there any special concerns?
    Cancer
    There is no evidence that IC / PBS increases the risk of bladder cancer.

    Pregnancy
    Researchers have little information about pregnancy and IC / PBS but believe that the disorder does not affect fertility or the health of the fetus. Some women find that their IC / PBS goes into remission during pregnancy, while others experience a worsening of their symptoms.

    Coping
    The emotional support of family, friends, and other people with IC / PBS is very important in helping patients cope. Studies have found that patients who learn about the disorder and become involved in their own care do better than patients who do not. See the Interstitial Cystitis Association of America's website under "Support Groups" to find a group near you.

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    Hope Through Research
    Although answers may seem slow in coming, researchers are working to solve the painful riddle of IC / PBS. Some scientists receive funds from the Federal Government to help support their research, while others receive support from their employing institution, drug pharmaceutical or device companies, or patient support associations.

    NIDDK's investment in scientifically meritorious IC / PBS research across the country has grown considerably since 1987. The Institute now supports research that is looking at various aspects of IC / PBS, such as how the components of urine may injure the bladder and what role organisms identified by nonstandard methods may have in causing IC / PBS. In addition to funding research, NIDDK sponsors scientific workshops where investigators share the results of their studies and discuss future areas for investigation.

    Clinical Research Network
    The Interstitial Cystitis Clinical Research Network (ICCRN) is a product of two NIDDK programs: the Interstitial Cystitis Database (ICDB) Study and the Interstitial Cystitis Clinical Trials Group (ICCTG). Established in 1991, the ICDB was a five-year prospective cohort study of more than 600 men and women with symptoms of urinary urgency, frequency, and pelvic pain. The study described the longitudinal changes of urinary symptoms, the impact of IC on quality of life, treatment patterns, and the relationship between bladder biopsy findings and patient symptoms. The ICCTG was established in 1996 as a followup to the ICDB study. The clinical trials group developed two randomized, controlled clinical trials of promising therapies, one using oral therapies—pentosan polysulfate sodium (Elmiron) and hydroxyzine hydrochloride (Atarax)— and the other administering intravesical treatment using Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG). BCG is a vaccine for tuberculosis that stimulates the immune system and may have an effect on the bladder. The ICCTG also developed and conducted ancillary studies of various biomarkers such as heparin-binding-growth-factor-like-growth-factor (HB-EGF) and anti-proliferative factor (APF).

    In 2003, the ICCTG became the Interstitial Cystitis Clinical Research Network (ICCRN), which is conducting additional clinical trials, either sequentially or concurrently, over a second five-year period. Ancillary studies will be developed and conducted in conjunction with the trials. One of these trials is studying the effectiveness of amitriptyline (Elavil) in treating painful bladder syndrome, which includes IC. Amitriptyline has FDA approval for the treatment of depression, but researchers believe the drug may work to block nerve signals that trigger pain in the bladder and may also decrease muscle spasms in the bladder, helping to cut both pain and frequent urination. Participants in the trial will be randomly assigned to take up to 75 milligrams of amitriptyline or a placebo each day for 14 to 26 weeks.

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    Suggested Reading
    The materials listed below may be found in medical libraries, in many college and university libraries, through interlibrary loan in most public libraries, and at bookstores. Items are listed for information only; inclusion does not imply endorsement by NIH.

    Articles and Book Chapters
    Keay SK, Warren JW. Is interstitial cystitis an infectious disease? International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents, 2002, 19(6):480-3.

    The Interstitial Cystitis Clinical Trials Group. A randomized controlled trial of intravesical bacillus Calmette-Guerin for treatment of refractory interstitial cystitis. Journal of Urology, 2005, 173(4):1186-91.

    The Interstitial Cystitis Clinical Trials Group. A pilot clinical trial of oral pentosan polysulfate and oral hydroxyzine in patients with interstitial cystitis. Journal of Urology, 2003, 170(3):810-15.

    Books and Booklets
    Moldwin RM. Interstitial cystitis survival guide: your guide to the latest treatment options and coping strategies. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications, Inc.; 2000. (Available by calling 1–800–HELP–ICA.)

    Sandler GG, Sandler A. Patient to patient: managing interstitial cystitis and overlapping conditions. New Orleans, LA: Bon Ange LLC; 2000.

    Sant G, ed. Interstitial cystitis. Philadelphia: Lippincott-Raven; 1997.

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  2. Jeanette62

    Jeanette62 New Member

    Thanks for posting this article. At this point I have been dx with overactive bladder, but there was still a lot of helpful info. Interesting that Amitriptyline was being used to treat IC/PBS because that worked for me too when it was prescribed to treat sleep/pain problems. I had to stop it because I couldn't tolerate the side effects and I missed the fact that it helped the bladder problems, especially the night frequency.

    Jeanette
  3. kjfms

    kjfms Member

    ...thank you for reading. I thought it was an interesting article.

    I wish you the best of luck.

    Thanks,

    Karen
  4. seabulls69

    seabulls69 New Member

    I was hoping these studies looked into the possibility of a link between IC and vaginal yeast and/or candida infections and the frequency of occurence of the above diseases with FMS or CFIDS patients. Seems to be a lot of chatter about patients having some or all of the above along with other problems.

    CB
  5. kjfms

    kjfms Member

    ...interesting thought, I haven't looked into that. I do not suffer from IC/PBS and I am very sorry for anyone who does. It sounds very painful.

    Maybe someone has looked up information on these studies and will post.

    Thanks,

    Karen
    [This Message was Edited on 02/26/2006]
  6. sleepless_in_tx

    sleepless_in_tx New Member

    I had alot of problems with pain when urinating a few years ago and the urologist did the cystoscope w/bladder distention procedure. He diagnosed me with IC and had me come in for DMSO treatments. Oh, how I hated those!!! You'd think the catheter being put in would be the painful part, but holding that medicine in for half an hour is much more painful. *shudders* I had to go once a month at first and after a few months they started spacing out the treatments further apart. Thankfully the treatments worked for me and I haven't been bothered with IC symptoms for a couple of years now.(knock wood) They're not kidding about that garlic taste in your mouth either...yuck, it was just gross.
  7. I am suffering terribly with this now for about 3 months. Just when I get some relief it flares up. OMG it is horrid. I wouldn't wish this on anyone.

    Does anyone know that has IC , I drink a couple reg decaffinated coke a day, would that be an irritant? What helps? ahhhhhh!
  8. pawprints

    pawprints New Member

    I would stop the coke or soda of any kind and cut out acid foods. Try Prelief, which has been mentioned on this board several times.

    Good luck.
  9. pawprints

    pawprints New Member

    I would stop the coke or soda of any kind and cut out acid foods. Try Prelief, which has been mentioned on this board several times.

    Good luck.
  10. Sandyz

    Sandyz New Member

    Thanks for a good post. I have IC and it is such a painful disease. Your article was very helpful.
  11. livin4him

    livin4him New Member

    but was misdiagnosed when I was young as infections. Suffered horribly with this, my gynecologist told me that I wasn't relaxing before sex. I discovered what I had myself when I was at home sick with it one day and read an article in the Ladies Home Journal about a lady who had it. She could have been talking about me. So I went through several doctors and found my best one through word of mouth. Only diagnosed when I was older and since then I have had about 6 of the distensions done. They always helped, the last one I had was about 6 years ago though. I have found what works for me is controlling my diet. When I have flare-ups (usually from eating chocolate, acidic foods or drinking too many cokes) I take pyridium and drinks lots of water to flush it out.

    P.S. I sent my medical records to my gynecologist with a typed letter about his comments and the I.C. findings. I also never went back to him. He is a well known gyn here where I live. Take care.
  12. according to the fibro symptoms bladder problems are a part of fibro sometimes. I am going to ask the urologist about it. I take calcium everyday, but checking prelief to see what amts, etc. is in it. THANKS you guys rock!
  13. kjfms

    kjfms Member

    Seabuls69, sleeplessinTx, Fibrobutterfly, pawprints, socialworker, and sandyz please accept my deepest apology for not thanking you all for reading my posted article.

    I really do appreciate it and I had forgotten about because I am a dingbat...LOL (fibro fog really)

    Socialworker thanks for the bump I saw that someone was asking about IC maybe it will help-you are on the ball.

    Thanks,

    Karen
  14. kjfms

    kjfms Member

    Well first of all I am sorry that you were given a hard time for bumping an old post. Good grief what does it matter when you just had the intent of trying to help some one?

    It is truly a shame that anyone on this board has to go through that I mean so what if it was a couple of years old if it was still an interesting post was all that mattered right?

    I am hanging in there thank you for asking. I hope you are doing OK as well and just remember you can't please everyone...LOL

    So bump away there is no rule against bumping old posts...

    Have a better day,

    Karen :)
    [This Message was Edited on 08/03/2006]
  15. kjfms

    kjfms Member

    I am sorry your company downsized and you lost your job my goodness-stress is an understatement is it? I bet you feel like you whole world has been turned upside down and inside out don't?

    Just take a deep breath-I have read a lot of your posts and know you are an intelligent person and will come through this great!

    I am not saying it will be easy and I am sure you know that but it might work out that you will like your new life even better, you never know right?

    Well the reeducating yourself will probably be easier then you think...I mean you are still in the same state. Have you gone on to the new county's site yet might be a good place to get your feet wet.

    When I have to learn something new I read it once take a break for about 15 minutes and then read it again. It helps me although sometimes I have to do a few days in a row in order for it to sink in...LOL

    Have you ever applied for a state government position the benefits are usually good go on your state personnel site and check it out.

    Now for the bumping up old posts please do not let the rude comments upset you. You have enough stress going on in you life at the moment and frankly it just isn't worth your time or trouble.

    I read one of the threads and thought you handled the situation very well.

    Please do not let this upset you any longer you have enough on you plate.

    Take care of you,

    Karen
  16. kjfms

    kjfms Member

    Thank for reading the article. I hope you do not have it though and make sure you talk to you physician about it at your next visit.

    Gosh Abbey so sorry you did not have a very good visit with you psychiatrist. What a shame he didn't understand that you are just trying to help yourself.

    OMG $60.00 for 15 minutes-definitely not much time to get much information in on how you are feeling and all.

    "hocus pucus" good grief he wasn't very professional about it was he. The point is if you are feeling better that should count for something right?

    Abbey you shouldn't feel obligated to this man because he played a role in you getting SSDI-you still need to put yourself first.

    Here is a site you need to check out for help.

    http://www.mentalhealth.samhsa.gov/publications/allpubs/stateresourceguides/arizona01.asp

    My mother has schizophrenia and gets SSDI. She saw a psychiatrist through a community mental health program called Seneca Mental Health here in WV I am not sure what something like that would be called in AZ but this site should help you find something like that.

    You also need to check on Medicaid which should help pay for it.

    http://www.ahcccs.state.az.us/site/


    You need to call Medicare or visit their site if you have any questions concerning anything related to them. Medicare is there to help answer question and are very helpful. Here is there site you may already have it but I am listing it anyway...LOL

    http://www.medicare.gov/

    Let me know when you move and I give you some sites which may help you in IL if you want but I know you can find them on your own...I just get carried away sometimes.

    I am sorry you have have had to go through so much and I sure hope things get better for you.

    I will keep you in my thoughts.

    Thank you so much for the compliments it was very sweet of you to say those nice things about me I really appreciate it.

    You take care of yourself OK,

    Karen :)



  17. kjfms

    kjfms Member

    you are more than welcome. If anything I said made you feel just a little bit better for just even short while then I am happy.

    I know how hard it is to go through life changing events like what you are facing now. I have been through them too and to many time as far I am concerned...LOL

    I know what you mean about being scared about learning new things. I am supposed to take my Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) exam and I have been putting if off for that reason.

    I failed one part (it is a two part test) last year by 3 points. Passed the other part with flying colors.

    Now I am afraid I will get there set down and forget everything...

    I have wanted this for so long and have worked so hard for it. I have taken jobs at convenience stores standing for eight hours so I could save the money for the exam it cost $385.00 and as you know that is a lot of money when you haven't a lot to start with.

    Anyway I am still studying-the exam is extremely hard only 50% of those who took the exam last year passed. When I found that out I felt a little better but not much. I was so close but close only counts in...

    Medical coding guidelines change every year. I have my money orders and have filled out the application now I need to take that big step and mail it in.

    Well thanks for letting me dump my worries on you...

    I hope you have a peaceful weekend too,

    Karen :)
  18. AbbeyMae

    AbbeyMae New Member

    According to your reply to my post, you totally misunderstood my visit with my Psych. I have gone to him for depression in the past, 1994.

    I was raising my two teenagers by myself with no help from their father. That is pretty depressing in itself. When my teenage daughter, (youngest), CAME HOME AND TOLD ME THAT SHE WAS PREGNANT, I LOST IT. SHE WADDLED UP TO GET HER DIPLOMA, but at least she finished with her class.

    Now this time seeing the Doc. which was advised by my Atty. because my PCP and Rheumy was trying all these antidepressants and then neurontin(nasty stuff), and they were causing me more harm than good.

    He felt that other Dr.'s should not be prescribing antidepressants, even though it was mostly for pain at that time. My Atty. does not believe that other Dr.'s should prescribe those type of drugs, because it is not in their field. He felt that those kind of drugs should be prescribed by Psych.'s because that is their field.

    My Psych. had said that I was showing mania the other day, and that he felt that it was HERB INDUCED, and was angry that I was taking these herbs. SUMA is from the rainforest, mostly in Brazil. It is a food plant that has been used for all ages by people of Amazonia as an Adaptogen for ENERGY and longevity. It is a Brazilian
    Ginseng, which most ginsengs can not be taken too late in the day or you may find it difficult to fall asleep and experience sleep disturbances.

    In Brazil it has been used for the relief of nervous tension and occasional FATIGUE. Suma is also called
    "para toda", which means "for everything", indicating the popularity of this food for general health.

    I would never go to SAMHS. There really is a lot of scams out here, but you know what they say many things start in the West, someday they may come your way. and you will understand. What is your belief on the conspiracy of dangerous mycoplasmas?

    Well it is time to go to bed.
    love and hugs,

    Abbey Mae