I had the trial Interstim over the weekend. It really did help with the bladder porblems. I was able to wait 1 1/2 - 2hours instead of every 1/2-1 hour. It also seemed like my bladder emptied better. As for the bowels, I think it may have helped slightly but my doc said it takes longer for the bowels to respond.
One bad thing is I had a terrible reaction to the adhesive they applied over the wires to hold them in. I am very red, raw, swollen and blistered on a 5x5 square area. I told them about my adhesive allergy but the doc said they HAD to use this material to hold the wires in. I called her office this morning and told them how much agony I am in and when she saw it she couldn't believe how bad it was. All she could do for me was prescribe some cream and tell me to take benadryl and 1-10mg. dose of prednisone. Nothing has helped yet!
I am scheduled for next Tuesday to have it permanently implanted. On a funny note, they told me I would set the alarms off at airports after I have it! I will have to carry a card.
Also, I will have my brain MRI on Wed. My neuro wanted another one since I won't be able to have one after the surgery.
Take care everyone!
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