I have a patient that has been in severe pain for years, which pain meds do not relieve. What little research I found on instillation, seems to indicate it's more effective. Anyone know?
It depends on each person. My distillation was saline and marcaine (spelling?). I have allergies to other numbing meds. I had problems on my way home staying conscious. I don't know if it was the procedure or the medication. My sister with IC swears by them and gets the saline with Lidocaine. She does not get the relief from Elmiron that I get. So, I guess to sum up, it is a quick procedure and results are quickly known. I am not aware of any side effects or danger in trying it if it is with a person trained in doing it.
I wish your patient well. IC is complicated and painful condition. Without more research, many of us will be in trial and more trial mode for pain relief.
As an aside, Valium has helped me. They are in the form of vaginal suppositories and are mixed with baclofen. It is 5 mg valuim and 4 mg baclofen. My doctor said she also has Lidocaine added, but I can't use it. I and my sister both have gotten relief from that.
Good luck... TC
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