Drip, drip ... will the affects ever end?

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Date Joined Jul 2007
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   Posted 1/10/2008 1:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry I've been missing the past few months, but after two "0.00" PSA tests, I am still counting my blessings to be free of PCa.
When people ask how I am doing, I respond "I'm about 99% recovered."  I am close to regular sexual function, and am continent.....almost all the time.  My concern is the random drip.  Never know when it will happen or how often, but I still have it.  Doesn't matter if I'm sitting down, moving, standing, it just happens.  I only use 1 pad for the entire day, and most of the time they are almost unused.
I realize this pales in comparison for you readers that have ongoing incontinence issues, so forgive me.  Not having this last item controlled is frustrating.  May be something I just will live with for a long time.
Considering I am 7 months post surgery, I should be patient.  My doctor said my body will heal and when it is ready it will stop.
Thanks for listening, if you have any suggestions, let me know.
Age: 56
PSA: 4.1 (first test) 4.2 (second test)
Gleason: 6, cancer found in both sections of prostate
Surgery: Open RP on 5/1/07
Pathology: All contined with the gland, no spread
Catheter out: 5/15/07
Incontinence: at 10 weeks to one pad per day
ED: slowly getting better
First Post-Surgery PSA:  8/6/07 Results <.01 !!
Spread the word to men you know or meet: See your doctor. Have a PSA test early.

Tony Crispino
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 8128
   Posted 1/10/2008 1:17 PM (GMT -6)   
My bet is that your problem will go away. Just hang in there. You are doing very well. Frustration is one of our enemies in fighting cancer. Keep on getting better, and like some here, they just notice that the problem goes away. I love to have my wine at night. But if I exceed two glasses, I may have a small leakage. Not frustrating anymore as I have no other times it happens. And it's rare. So good luck losing that pad. And stay healthy!

Age 45 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8
Surgery on Feb 16, 2007
Post-Op Pathology was poor: Gleason 4+3=7, 4 positive margins, Stage pT3b (Stage III)
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
My PSA did drop out after surgery to undetectable.  It has not returned and I will continue HT until January '08.
My Life is supported very well by family and friends like you all.
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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 365
   Posted 1/10/2008 11:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I think most of us guys had an occassional drip even before our surgeries, but we weren't focused on the situation (LOL). You're less than a year out. Hang in there, things will get better.

D.O.B - 8/9/52

PSA: First ever was 9.8 in late Oct. ‘06, two weeks later, 10.1

DRE: Negative

Biopsy results 11/22/06.  Both lobes involved.  Six out of eight cores positive - from 100 percent to 90, to 60, to 50, two 20s and two zeros.

Gleason 3+3 = 6

Da Vinci Robotic RP surgery, City of Hope, Jan 12, 2007

Post surgery pathology – Organ confined, Gleason still 6, margins clear.  Volume of tumor much less than biopsy suggested.  12 percent overall.

First post-surgery PSA -- Undetectable, 2/20/07

Second post-surgery PSA -- Undetectable, 9/11/07

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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 242
   Posted 1/11/2008 9:18 AM (GMT -6)   

I had my surgery just three weeks after you, and although I was out of the pads at five weeks, I still had some slight stress incontinence that was consistently inconsistent, and if I would try to go out on a 30 or 40 minute run I would start a small drip. Just too much pounding and bouncing for the bladder and sphincter. However, just in the last couple of weeks I’ve been able to go about 50 minutes on the treadmill maintaining between 60 and 80% of my maximum heart rate and have been staying dry. I still get a couple of small drops in my shorts sometimes after urinating but hey, that happened when I had a prostate too. It's no big deal and doesn't bother me.

So, I’m guessing that random drip will go away. You sound like me. I am such a perfectionist, and I still check the meatus from time to time to make sure I don’t have a drip!

Diagnosed: March 25, 2007. Age 49
Biopsy: Gleason 6. Five of twelve samples positive with <5% each. No perineural invasion seen.
Surgery: May 21, 2007
Post-op Pathology: Upgraded to Gleason 7 (3+4), negative margins, negative capsular penetration, negative seminal vesicles, lymph nodes left intact, multifocal perinural invasion, 15% of prosate involving cancer in both lobes. T2c
Continence: Out of pads at five weeks. Seven months post-op I'm fully continent.
Erections: Yes! With the assistance of Cialis.
Post Surgery PSA: Three tests, all <0.1
Family history: Great-great grandfather died from PC. My Father had his prostate removed at age 67 in 1997 and has had an undetectable PSA ever since. I was diagnosed at a much earlier age and had a more agressive cancer than my father. Go figure.

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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 357
   Posted 1/12/2008 3:59 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm nearly 18 months post prostatectomy, and still have the odd drip now and then, so I use one pad a day. Sometimes more than a drip if I'm trying to be sexually active. I hope it goes away, but, happy to be safe rather than sorry, so I wear the pad. If I'm sleeping alone, I use nothing, and have no drips.

Just time, I guess. Wish the ED was that simple...

Prostate cancer diagnosed: May 15, 2006 (age 40)
Gleason score: pre-surgery 3+3=6; post-surgery 3+4=7
daVinci radical prostatectomy: July 25, 2006
size of tumor: approx 1.1 inches; negative margins from surgery

- number of pads/day at 3 months after surgery: 3 to 5
- number of pads/day at 4 months after surgery: 1 to 2
- number of pads/day at 6-12 months after surgery: 0 to 1

- 1st post-surgery PSA: 0 (Nov 2006); 2nd post-surgery PSA: 0 (Feb 2007)
- 3rd post-surgery PSA: 0 (May 2007); 4th post-surgery PSA: 0 (June 2007); 5th post-surgery PSA: 0

The search for timber: took Viagra/Cialis approx. every other day, ErecAid once a day, injections. Peyronie's diagnosed 7/5/07. Now on daily Cialis, L-arginine and pentoxyfylline. Peyronies has stabilized and significantly reversed.

- PGE1 batting average: .364 (4 for 11)
- Bimix batting average: .545 (6 for 11)
- Trimix batting average: .500 (1 for 2)

"Lost in the valley without my horses, no one can tell me what my remorse is..."

Cedar Chopper
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Date Joined Mar 2007
Total Posts : 432
   Posted 1/12/2008 6:55 AM (GMT -6)   

The suggestion I have,is to
Kegel to music in your mind like you are dancing inside all the time....

This is to say:
To stop "stress leakage:"
We develop a sub-conscious ability to support
our unconconsciously controlled bladder valve
with our pelvic floor muscles. 
(Most here call this the "kegel sphincter.") 

Doing these "calesthenics"
(cf. Labrian Tantronics on 33 LP album "Blows Against the Empire" by J. Starship)
  doing these "calesthenics" whenever you think of them will
   give your sub-conscious efforts more muscle tone to recruit from and
        speed you toward  your goal of no leaks in all circumstances.
          (Even after a drink or two I surprisingly have found.)

Yourr friend,

cf. Have You Seen the Stars Tonight on Blows Against the Empire.
"Tyranasaurus Rex was destroyed before by a furry primeval ball that rolled along the jungle floor.  We are egg snatchers.  Diamond thieves.  ...and our children will be citizens among the stars in the universe."  Grace Slick

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Date Joined Jan 2008
Total Posts : 3
   Posted 1/15/2008 7:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm right a 2 years postop and still have a small drip issue. For me, most times is begins late in the day and I'm thinking my muscles get tired (as I do) and begin to relax more.
My doc is saying a botox injection may be necessary to clear up this final issue. Like some of you , I can sometimes go all day without a drip..and sometimes not, so I normally wear one pad a day and a new one at night. I haven't had an issue at night yet but guess it makes me feel a little more secure.

So, I'm really thinking about the injection...anybody else had this done?
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