First of all, let me say I have had IC for 6 years. It came on suddenly and violently. My main symptoms are burning pain and spasms in my bladder, urethra, clitoris, fatigue, back pain and leg spasms. I told Matia, I would be a tough case. Doctors just wanted me to take pain meds, antidepressants and have bladder installations. I knew there was another way out there to be "healed", not just "medicated", so I prayed, and God led me to Matia's site where the stories of others who were actually having success motivated me to give it a try.
I had to wait about 5 or 6 weeks to start, because Matia was leaving on vacation and thought it would be best to wait until her return. Meanwhile, I started on Neurontin to tide me over until she returned.
The first week was about what I expected-- increased symptoms, up and down which scared me, but Matia said to hang in there and it would get better. Sure enough, the next week I noticed my symptoms becoming less and less.
By the third week, almost all my symptoms were under control and now we are beginning to cut back on the Neurontin. My heart rate has dropped steadily for three weeks in a row, I'm not cold anymore, my appetite is back, and I feel like living again. I even was able to go grocery shopping, cook dinner and walk two blocks with the dogs. Before treatment, my life was lived between the bed, couch and bathroom, with a box of Kleenex to catch my tears.
I know I have a LONG way to go in my recovery, but I am encouraged by the success so far and Matia's ability to "zero" in on what the problems are for me, and she manages them. She is also very good at communicating with me and is more accessible than my doctor in town.