I am 67 years old and back in August of 2007 I had set an appointment with a urologist to talk about an ED issue.
In Sep of 2007, my primary care doctor checked my PSA for the first time in my life. Why had he not checked it before? He says that ever since I have been comming to see him he focused in on my depression (he didn't fix that either) and somehow forgot to check the PSA. Anyways it was 18 at that time and he advised me to go to a urologist but I mentioned to him that I allready had the appointment which I had waited for 3 months so when I went in Oct, I informed the urologist that there was a more pressing issue that I needed help on than my ED and he agreeded.
By November he had determined that I had an extreemly enlargened prostate and none of the other options for treatment were viable so surgical removal was the only option left and the cancer was determined to be a 'very agressive' type. The surgery was done in mid January 2008.
I started leaking right after the surgery even with the catheter I was leaking around the tube and after the catheter was removed I continued to leak. I am overweight and it was pointed out that it might make regaining bladder control more difficult. To complicate matters after 9 weeks I came down with a minor case of the flu and it lasted 1 1/2 weeks during which time I lost the little control of my bladder that I had developed. It is now 12 weeks and the flu is gone but the control is still a dream.
The urologist said that the first sign of control would be a reduction of leakage during the night and that has finally started to occur.
I have been doing the exercise in the area but I am not sure I am doing it right because I still have no control. One of my observations is that my penis went into hiding right after surgery and hasn't come out so since I have no sense of a need to go to the bathroom I find myself just leaking all the time. I can sit on the stool for 3/4 of an hour and I just leak fairly constantly and when I stand up I just leak some more.
Does anyone have any suggestions that I might try to reduce the leakage?
I am using 3 types of pads from Wallgreens depending on what I am doing or what types of clothing I have on. I find that I am very irritated in that are and I am assuning it is from the constant wetness in the area and the fact that the pads are cenrtainly not smooth or comfortable.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions that you might be able to offer.