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Anon_918 posted:
seen my urologists about 2weeks ago to have a test done and go over my next treatments options,which might be the interstim doctor told me that i have a very small bladder and interstim would be right for me.i heard that there are alot of draw-backs to this procedure,like pain and discomfort, never problems.if i go through with this procedure will i still need diapers??? i do wear diapers 24/7 and ben in them for more then 20yrs now.if this procedure cause all these problems then i think i'm better of wearing diapers.i am not sure what to do???? please help!!! thanks
Dinkspiddle responded:
I have had the 'trial' of Interstim in August, but must have bent over and moved the test wire because the first day was WONDERFUL; the next 3 days 'the race was on'. I have tried all meds for OAB with Toviaz 8mg being most successful but even now, it doesnt help. I was really bummed but my MD (actually a gynecologist) who i have been with over 30 years call and had a really good discussion. I am 53 and have been wearing max-protection pads for over 3 years. I present training of at least 90 minute duration without breaks and this year I couldn't go without giving some kind of break or exercise so I could exit the room! After having this heart-to-heart with the MD, I decided to give it another trial with what is referred to as the First Stage and wire is placed (anchored if you will) via endoscopic procedure. I sit here now with the 1st Stage 'in' and I will be going back in a few days to have the device implanted permanently. Being at work this week was the real test. Normally a.m. is relays every 30-45mins; noon-ish to end of day every 1-2 hours and with an hour drive home, I RACED to the bathroom. Not now. I very excited to get off the meds and while I know I cannot have MRIs and will have to carry a card with me to get thru airport security, I don't have to wear pads like my elderly mom and I feel like I will have my life back. I may still have to wear a mini-pad because now I recognize I have stress incontinence but that can be fixed too. One thing at a time. Try it. Your MD should be able to get everything pre-approved with your insurance. I wish you the best. Good Luck!

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