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04-20-2011, 09:42 AM
My doc has suggested this. I have read about the procedure.
I want to know how it works? Does it over stimulate the nerves associated with the bladder and pelvic area? it seems like it would increase the pain????
Does anyone know exactly how this works? I have medical background so i can understand the lingo;-)
04-20-2011, 05:54 PM
A small acupuncture type needle is placed in the posterior tibial nerve and then a tens unit is hooked up to it. The posterior tibial nerve is derived from the same nerves in the Lumbar Sacral area which innervate the bladder.
The thought is that it can help re set the nerves, break the unusual "wind up" that they are experiencing. It has better success with OAB sx than pain. I did it for pain but it did not help with pain. Frequency has not really been a problem for me. If you insurance covers it it is worth a try,
04-20-2011, 06:17 PM
I wish I could find someone in my area that did the acupuncture. I don't have a lot of pain but i normally have a lot of frequency. Would be great, but I live in an area where I'm sure nobody would know anything about this. Is there different acupuncture drs (ones that are specialist in this area). Just curious cause I thought I might google it and see if I could find one somewhat close. :)
04-21-2011, 07:47 AM
You may want to also check with some uros on the PTNS. My uro does this therapy in his office. I have also been considering it after I read Jill's bio here about her IC history. For her it also worked on breaking the pain cycle, but others have said it only worked for their frequency.
04-21-2011, 02:48 PM
I had an appt today with my uro and I asked if he recommended it or not and he said no. Idk tho I may try it anyways if I can find one thats not too far. It can't hurt anything I don't think. :)
04-21-2011, 04:01 PM
That is what I thought about trying PTNS. It didn't cause harm and could have possibly helped. It was just time for me since I don't have a co-pay. Unfortunately it did not help me.
04-21-2011, 04:26 PM
Suzanne, I'm sorry to hear that it didn't help you. I don't know if I will do it or not. The closest one I found is over 4 hours away so I just don't know. I think I am going to wait and see how the meds I'm on work out first.
I had never heard of this. I asked my urologist if there was anyone who did acupuncture for IC in my health plan (Kaiser), and she found a family physician who does PINS. I have had two treatments, so I don't know how it will work. It takes about 6 to know....there are 12 in all. She said it helped 70% of patients.
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