"Alternative" Treatments for ED...

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Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 91
   Posted 6/29/2008 11:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Does anyone know anything about or have any experience with chiropractics, acupuncture, herbal remedies, etc. for dealing with ED?

By the way.. I went padless today for the first time since RRP on May 28 (just over four weeks ago). Now that the continence thing seems under control I want to learn about ways to ease the ED.

Husband and father of two (current ages 4 and 6).
Age when diagnosed: 47 (current)
Biopsy showed cancer only on left side.
Pre-surgery PSA: 13.7
Pre-surgery Gleason: 4+3=7
Pre-surgery Staging: T2
CT Scan, Bone Scan, PET Scan: Clear
Robotic Surgery on May 28, 2008, at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis.
Right nerve bundle spared; left bundle removed.
Catheter for 8 days with infrequent "stress" leaking since. Now use one or two pads during the day and none at night.
Gleason: 4+3=7
some perineural invasion noted.
no lymph node involvement.
margins clear.

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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 1015
   Posted 6/30/2008 8:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kark60,
There is some evidence that pelvic floor exercises, similar to Kegels, can help with ED.   See the link below:
In good-sized cities, there are physical therapists at hospitals and in women's clinics who are trained in providing evaluation and therapy, including bio-feedback for pelvic floor muscle strengthening.
The therapy/training appears to take about 3 months to be fully effective for strengthening the pelvic floor properly.
All the best to you,

Barry ~ (a.k.a. "Idaho") - Prostate Cancer Forum Moderator


Da Vinci Surgery July 31, 2007… 54 on surgery day
PSA 4.3  Gleason 3+3=6  T2a  Confined to Prostate

1st PSA  09/11/2007  <0.04 (undetectable)

2nd PSA 12/10/2007  <0.04

3rd PSA  03/17/2008  <0.04

4th PSA  06/17/2008  <0.04

My web site: http://pca-info.blogspot.com

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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 357
   Posted 6/30/2008 7:42 PM (GMT -6)   
I have experimented a little bit, with homeopathics and tantric massage... my advice would be, if it feels good and seems to help, do it.

At the same time, "they say that time is a healer"... so patience is key. I am at the 23 month point and am seeing some improvement, even now.

If I would suggest anything, it would be to try injections earlier than later, and also a daily dose of an ED drug (viagra, cialis, etc.) to keep the blood flowing... and frequent m*sturbation and sex. To some degree I would say you are relearning how to play the game with different abilities. Imagine if Kobe Bryant lost his jumping ability - he can jump over 40 inches now, say it was cut down to 20 - would he be an exceptional player? I think he would, he'd just find a different way to do it. This is the challenge we have, on some level. You may be able to work out and get back to 40 inches of leap, but you gotta play the game until then.

Can you tell I'm bummed the Lakers lost ?

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 6-18 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 #3 batting average: .722 (13 for 18) Bimix #1 batting average (15 for 16) = .938
- Trimix batting average: .500 (1 for 2) Grand total 33 for 47 = .702

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

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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 158
   Posted 6/30/2008 8:07 PM (GMT -6)   
good for you my brother  i hope i too can go padless soon my proceedure was done the day after yours i need a pad during the day none at night just little stress squirts  and at the end of the day when the muscles are tired , were all different but im happy you are doin well. my ed  was a little shorter lived,little dirt mover was usable 2 days out of cath with meds ,some times i just dont get it, and what controls all of this in diffrent men  the oral meds worked reasonably well for me havent heard of anything homeopathic ,if you do please post as we would all be intrested in othr options .   the very best of luck to you ......dirt

Diagnosed November 2007   (43 years old )
PSA 3.9 / Gleason 6 / TC1 6 cores 1 shows 25%
Sugery scheduled 5/29/08 - City of Hope - Dr. Mark Kawachi
 "First show of the day"
 and now for the new ive been waiting for
 FINAL PATH REPORT:gleason upgraded to 3+4 T2c bilateral disease,tumor involvment 5%
extra prostatic extention:absent
seminal vesical invasion :absent
pathological staging:pTNM pT2 ORGAN CONFINED
margins free of carcinoma
usable erections ;6-6-08 with little blue pill
continence; 1 pad a day, dry at night

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