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by Hepcat
Wed Jan 08, 2003 7:20 pm
Forum: Nerve Tx
Topic: Neurontin and Elavil
Replies: 23
Views: 3032

Thanks latte :-) I discontinued the Elavil in favor of giving neurontin alone a try ( it seemed to have the best side-effect profile. As well, I thought best to try one therapy at a time as opposed to see a result and then try to decide which med was responsible for the relief). Neither Elavil or Ne...
by Hepcat
Tue Jan 07, 2003 10:15 pm
Forum: Alpha Blockers
Topic: Flomax side effects
Replies: 10
Views: 1999

In my opinion I doubt your brain is responsible for sending signals to micturate. Micturation is a reflex and as such is moderated mostly at the spinal cord and bladder wall recepter levels as part of the neuro/sensory pathway between the brain, spinal cord and bladder. For the most part the brain i...
by Hepcat
Tue Jan 07, 2003 9:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How well are c-fibers understood ?
Replies: 1
Views: 133

Unlike cutaneous pain, visceral pain is relatively poorly studied. Most pain control enigmas, in my experience, stem from an incomplete understanding of the organization of the communication structure of the nervous system at many levels. Issues such as gate theory and crosstalk, interneurons, ect a...
by Hepcat
Tue Jan 07, 2003 9:14 pm
Forum: Nerve Tx
Topic: Neurontin and Elavil
Replies: 23
Views: 3032

I should clarify, I wasn't suggesting CP was necessarily related to MS, but that I noted some similarities to EARLY MS signs. Just a left-field comment suggesting it would be unfortunate if a progressive neuropathic disorder could be initiated by CP/CPPS. I'm not convinced this is an impossible scen...
by Hepcat
Tue Jan 07, 2003 7:05 pm
Forum: Nerve Tx
Topic: Neurontin and Elavil
Replies: 23
Views: 3032

I find the flu-like observation interesting. Thats just exactly how my muscular pain manifests itself. But try getting your doc to buy that theory :sad: Sadly, I've found nothing to reduce the sickly feeling ache, pain and occassional burning/cramping including analgesics or muscle relaxants. The pa...
by Hepcat
Mon Jan 06, 2003 9:51 pm
Forum: Nerve Tx
Topic: Neurontin and Elavil
Replies: 23
Views: 3032

Indeed, no cases are the same, but it interesting to note the similarities, particularly as regards the emerging nature of the disorder within a chronological timeframe. Certain related symptoms do seems to follow a particular timeframe for many. I'm saddened that the reward of your retirement has b...
by Hepcat
Mon Jan 06, 2003 9:42 pm
Forum: Alpha Blockers
Topic: Flomax side effects
Replies: 10
Views: 1999

FITC: Unfortunately, pharmacology isn't one of my strong points. I think I could safely say, however, that a particular insult (inflammation, irritation, ect) may not be primary in nature, but may be secondary (or even tertiary, ect) to another condition. Often analgesic/anti-inflammatory drugs may ...
by Hepcat
Mon Jan 06, 2003 9:08 pm
Forum: Nerve Tx
Topic: Neurontin and Elavil
Replies: 23
Views: 3032

Thanks for relating your experiences latte :-D I also suffer from abdominal cramping and backache. Could you be more specific? Where in your back does it hurt. What kind of sensation is it (eg. burning) and does it seem to be muscular in nature (eg. more pain when you flex forward)? As well, similar...
by Hepcat
Mon Jan 06, 2003 8:41 pm
Forum: Alpha Blockers
Topic: Flomax side effects
Replies: 10
Views: 1999

I also have this 'sensation' near the tip of my penis. I actually think it acts as a constant micturation signal as I'm inclined to void when it gets more intense. I've never had bladder pain and need to go quite a while actually before I get a bladder sensation signalling the need to go. For now I'...
by Hepcat
Mon Jan 06, 2003 5:11 pm
Forum: Muscle Spasm & Anxiety Tx
Topic: Degree of Risk with Pelvic Muscle & Trigger Point Tx?
Replies: 11
Views: 974

I certainly think PFD requires a much closer look. I know I'll be doing my best to source out a competent physio to be assessed for this. This leaves, in my mind, several questions: What caused the PFD in the first place? ( mostly a rhetorical question, as I know many things could be culpable. Howev...
by Hepcat
Mon Jan 06, 2003 6:41 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Drugs for Urinary Symptoms
Replies: 13
Views: 701

Since the micturation reflex can be triggered in normal individuals with volumes as low as 200 ml, it's no wonder those with high PVR's are rushing to empty nearly every hour (50-80 ml/hr; Tortora and Anagnostakos). 99 mls appears to fall in the grey zone of values for which no clear treatment plan ...
by Hepcat
Sun Jan 05, 2003 10:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Drugs for Urinary Symptoms
Replies: 13
Views: 701

Dr. D: My pelvic ultrasound indicated a bladder volume of 474 cc and a post - void volume of 99 cc. I've had some difficulty locating the normal range of volumes for a supine ultrasound of a full bladder (Which is funny since I practiced diagnostic imaging for many years), but I suspect mine is kind...
by Hepcat
Sun Jan 05, 2003 2:49 am
Forum: Nerve Tx
Topic: Neurontin and Elavil
Replies: 23
Views: 3032

Neurontin and Elavil

Well, I convinced my doc to let me give Neurontin and Elavil a whirl. I'm taking 25mg of Elavil at night and titrating up to 900mg Neurontin over 6 days (starting at 300mg/day and adding 300mg/day evry second day). I'm on my third day and I've noticed my hands and feet tingling. As well, the muscula...
by Hepcat
Tue Dec 31, 2002 7:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New Here...
Replies: 16
Views: 815

As bizarre as it sounds, I also acquired abdominal symptoms about 2 months after I first noticed my condition. In particular I have tension localized to my entire rectus which feels like constant indigestion all day (no defining clinical features of IBS tho) and a trigger point (painful hard knot of...
by Hepcat
Tue Dec 31, 2002 6:32 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Post-mortem studies
Replies: 6
Views: 325

Post-mortem studies

Is anyone aware of any post-mortem studies in IC/CPPS? I would think the wholesale availability of all tissues would be ideal from both a gross and microscopic pathological point of view. I ask this question specifically because I was employed by a private biotech firm in the late 80's that had cont...