A day of Needles

Today’s day as a “professional patient” consisted of Needles.  Actually not lots of needles, only two, but for me TWO IS TOO MANY!!!!  First Stop this morning was PTNS or Percutaneous Tibial Nerve Stimulation for those of you that like BIG SCARY WORDS.  The purpose?  To help with Bladder Incontinence.  While it does help, it doesn’t FIX IT, at least for me.  Considering the options for Incontinence Treatments, other than taking yet ANOTHER PHARMACEUTICAL DRUG, or having another surgery, this one is not too bad and it is only for one half hour a month with an acupuncture type needle.  I will take it.

Percutaneous Tibial Nerve Stimulation Video

After that was done, I got to visit with the “Vampires” (blood thirsty blood drawers that they are)…. but yah only one stick this time!!!!

They wouldn’t let me take a picture of the blood draw…silly Hipaa laws…. It is still my body isn’t it?   (For anyone reading this that is not from the US, Hipaa is another example of all the ridiculous laws we have in the United States……

All in all not a bad day, and to be honest, I wanted to see how adding a video on wordpress worked.  If anyone clicks on it, can you tell me what you think?  I’m always trying to learn new things.  On that note, Have a great weekend everyone! 🙂

18 thoughts on “A day of Needles

  1. I don’t have the stomach to watch the PINS video, I’m sorry that this was how you spent your Friday. I wish I lived closer, cause I would love to buy you a hot toddy. Have a great weekend, beautiful!)

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    1. With all the needle sticks I have had I dont usually pass out at the sight anymore, but after a couple sticks… yep Im done. My port was supposed to eliminate the need for multiple sticks, but unless I go to the hospital, most people wont touch it 😦

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  2. You had quite the day! I am okay with getting blood drawn but never have done acupuncture, I am glad you do not have to do this daily! I hope you are able to rest this weekend after your crazy day today you deserve it!! Much love and take care!!!

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  3. No one wants to win this contest, but here goes: on Friday, my uro-gynocologist injected 32 needles full of Botox into my bladder. This, in combination with self-catheterizing, will give me about a three to five month respite from having to run to the bathroom all the time. I don’t write about my bladder on my MS blog, but I admire you for writing about it on yours.

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    1. I’m scheduled for Botox in February myself. I have been using Botox since I was part of the trial when it began and the longer I’ve been on it the shorter the amount of time it helps I’m averaging only about 3 months now before and needing it again

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      1. Good to know. I started taking high doses of Biotin a few months ago, because some people with progressive MS said that it reversed their bladder issues. Still waiting…In the meantime, it’s just a B vitamin, and the body flushes out (ha ha) whatever isn’t used, so why not?

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      2. I bought Biotin for the same reason I haven’t started it it’s sitting on my desk… I am trying to walk on a treadmill right now and using the type and talk thing that doesn’t work very well I will look up your blog later and hopefully we can chat more


      3. Love your name, too. And by the way, thank you for your service. I think anyone who puts their body at risk in a clinical trial deserves to be thanked for it. Maybe this opinion is bit self serving, as I am now entering my fifth tour of duty as a Lab Rat. But really, there would be no progress without Lab Rats like us. So much of this disease is unpredictable. Why wouldn’t I want to thank someone who has gone before me? I wouldn’t have had the Botox option without ya.

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  4. Yah treadmill session complete. (Trust me, it’s not like I was doing major cardio, more like physical therapy at home) When I started walking in December of last year, I could only walk .20 of a mile without needing to stop because my legs were on fire or ready to give out. I am doing a mile a day now , well i was until the holidays hit. Today was my first day back on it…I made it to 1/2 mile before needing a break, but did eventually finish. (watching my “regression” after just two weeks of not walking proves to me more that ever that I NEED to do it!!!!!! I feel good now that I have, but trying to find the motivation sucks) I did find and follow your blog, but will pretty slow at catching up….my daughters bridal shower is sunday, and and and….busy busy…. I am glad to have “found you” though, and I look forward to getting to know you better 🙂


    1. Happy to have found you, too! I’m lurching off to the gym on a day when I can barely walk so that I can lift weights in very small increments. Seems I have a lot to learn from you. I would love to inch my way back to walking longer distances.

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