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Interstitial Cystitis

New Study done by Dr. Phillip Bosch

Interstitial Cystitis continues to baffle the medical community in many ways.

Interstitial Cystitis also known as the painful bladder syndrome is a chronic and sometimes debilitating disease. The direct medical costs of taking care of a patient with Interstitial Cystitis is frequently more than $11,000.00 per year. This does not include the lost time from work and the decreased productivity.

None of the current treatments for Interstitial Cystitis work more than about 60% of the time. An article came out in the Journal of Urology this month. A novel application was attempted. The drug Adalimumab (Humira) has been approved to treat 7 different autoimmune diseases. The only other drugs that have been successful with autoimmune diseases are Methotrexate, Predisone, and Cyclosporine A. None of these drugs have been particularly effective with Interstitial Cystitis. A researcher, Dr. Phillip Bosch studied 43 patients and found that their symptomatology was greatly improved on a subcutaneous injection of 80 mg of Adalimumab followed by 40 mg injected every 2 weeks for 12 weeks.

As you might imagine, this therapy could be quite costly.

In the conclusions, Dr. Bosch concluded that the drug did not cause any serious side effects, but was not much better than the placebo in relieving symptoms.

The patients in the study responded well to the placebo.

So, once again, we are left with a concept that some of the IC patient's definitely do appear to have an autoimmune component. But, manipulation of that autoimmune reaction has proven repetitively to be clinically difficult. The author did recommend that the drug be studied further.
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When: January 6, 2014

Where: Dr. Martha Boone's Office

Time:  6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

What: The Stress Response
           and How You Can Manage It.

Why: The 1st of 12 monthly seminar's
                             on: 
          How To Create Your Perfect 
          Health.


 RSVP: Brenda at (404) 705-8366 or
             Brenda@DrMarthaBoone.com

Call Brenda for pricing information.
This is not a free seminar.
 
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Many of you have been asked to fill out a Bladder Satisfaction Survey in our office. We have found that many people have failed the Kegel exercise program, continue to have symptoms despite adjusting their fluid intake, and are suffering with frequency, urgency, urge incontinence of urine, and some instances, fecal incontinence.

We want all of our patient's to realize that we have numerous treatment options available for these problems. The Bladder Satisfaction Survey helps us determine what might best help you. It also keeps us from suggesting something you have already tried by another physician.

We realize that there are many forms to be filled out with every visit to every doctor. This is certainly cumbersome for all of us. But, if you have symptoms of frequency, urgency, urge incontinence, poor bladder emptying, or fecal incontinence, you  may wish to request a Bladder Satisfaction Survey and have us reconsider your scenario.
 

Our mailing address is:
3400 A Old Milton Pkwy.
Suite 560
Alpharetta, GA 30005

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