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    How to find a good Urologist?...

    I was just wondering how everyone picks a good Uro, I havn't seen one yet and was diagnosed by my gyno who has since moved some Im kind of up a creek without a paddle. I've been managing just fine on my own ( just a few flares, stick to the diet and elmiron x3 daily) but its been 8 months and I know I'll need to see someone soon.
    So how do you get good referalls does anyone have some ideas? Im in Northern CA but willing to drive any where for a good quality Urologist who knows whats going on.
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    Heidi

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    Check out this site -- it can help you find a Uro who is knowledgeable about IC. I'm not sure where you are in Northern CA, but there are definitely some good choices at Stanford (where I go) and USF. Here's the link --

    http://www.ic-network.com/md/

    Good luck!

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    When I needed to be referred to a urologist I told my OB-GYN that I was willing to travel - I just wanted someone very good. Even if that meant I had to cover some distance.

    In other situations I have asked a trusted doctor who he would send his wife or child to if they had bladder problems.

    I know that isn't foolproof, but still a good idea.
    Kim

    Diagnosed August 2001

    Current IC meds: Elmiron (since 2001), Levaquin (one pill after intercourse to prevent UTIs), Effexor (for depression & anxiety)


    Past IC meds: Amitriptyline (Elavil), Hydroxyzine (Vistaril), Detrol LA, Lexapro (for depression & anxiety, but also helped my IC) (They all helped, but I was able to discontinue them.)

    My IC story: http://www.ic-network.com/patientstories/kim.html It's very outdated now. I've been virtually symptom free and able to eat & drink whatever I'd like for about 8 years now.

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