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   Posted 7/9/2008 8:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I am new to this forum and have learned alot.  Thanks everyone for being brutally honest and telling it like it is. 
I am 56, my 1 month PSA is <.01 .
   confused    Has anyone experienced numbness in the groin area?  I may have missed that post somewhere, but I haven't learned anything about this problem yet. 
I had radical postatectomy surgery on June 2, 2008.  Catheter out June 13th.  At first I thought the numbness was just part of the overall experience, but now I'm beginning to wonder...  I had a spinal, would that have anything to do with it?  I am still incontinent, but am doing my kegel exercises and learning that time is supposed to be my friend with this. 
If anyone can shed some light on this problem, I would appreciate it.

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   Posted 7/9/2008 9:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Don't think I had any numbness to speak of. Maybe someone will post back that has. Good luck with the healing.

    43 at Dx and Surgery
    PSA 5.7, Biopsy 3 of 12 positive (up to 75%) all on left side of prostate, Gleason 7
    RRP on Oct. 17, 2006 - Nerves on right side saved. All Lab's clear. 
    Cathiter in for 28 days due to complications in healing. Removed Nov. 9, 2006
    First Post op PSA on Dec. 11, 2006  Undetectable 0.00.
    ED workable and usable with Viagra.
    Feb. 20th, 2007 - Feb. 4th, 2008  Cystoscope, Two Collagen injections,Second Opinion Consultation for Incontinance at OU Medical Center, Bio-Feedback training, Chiropractic, Accupuncture  to try to resolve ongoing incontinance (4-6 pads a day)  All PSA's 0.00.
    Feb. 22nd, 2008 - Surgery to install the AMS AdVance Male Sling.
    March 27th, 2008 - Sling not working, Little or no improvement.
    April 18, 2008 - Collagen injection.  Back to using 4-6 full pads a day within a week.
    May 14, 2008 - Another collagen injection to try to Band-Aid the leaking for our June cruise.  Will start making conusultation appiontments for AUS after we return.

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   Posted 7/9/2008 9:11 PM (GMT -6)   
FishingMic, thanks for joining us.  I did have some numbness in the scrotum and to a lesser extent around the base of penis, in the body.  I had open prostate surgery, a 5 1/2 inch incision with a hole to the left for a 1/4 inch drain tube.  Either of these, along with the cutting done inside could have done it for me.  It slowly got better over a couple months healing.  Give it a while, you may just need more time to heal.  If it does bother you now or doesn't improve, by all means contact your surgeon or urologist. 

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4/19/07 PSA 7.6, referred to Urologist, recheck 6.7
7/11/07 Biopsy- 16 core samples, size of gland around 76 cc. Staging pT2c
7/17/07 Path report: 3 of 16 PCa, 5% involved, left lobe , GS 3/3:6.
9/24/07 (open) Retropubic Radical Prostatectomy performed
9/26/07 Post-op Path Report: GS 3+3=6 Staging pT2c, 110gms, margins clear
10/15/07 ED- begin 50mg Viagra and Vacurect pump nightly, Fully continent
1/14/08 Caverject started/stopped, aching. 2/24/08 .5ml Bimix started-success
7/4/08 ED- Viagra, pump continues, no response- Trimix .10ml x 2 weekly continues
Post Surgery PSA's:  3 mts-0, 6 mts.-0

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   Posted 7/10/2008 9:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome and congrats on your undetectable PSA!!!
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DaVinci Surgery Aug 31, 2007
Focally Positive Right Margin, One positive node. T3a N1 M0.
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Nov. 13 PSA 0.05
Casodex adm. Nov 07, Lupron beg. Dec 03, 2007 2 yrs
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July 3, 08 PSA .02
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   Posted 7/10/2008 10:49 AM (GMT -6)   

Thanks Everyone for your information and good wishes.  I will make a phone call to my urologist to inquire about this numbness.  It is to the left of my penis and that area seems to be swollen and hard compared to the right side.  I will probably have to do what James C. suggests and wait...  It doesn't bother me, except for psychologically, you know, the WHY question.  When I read all this STUFF that everyone is writing about, I have to give myself a mental shake and remind myself that everyone is different.

I'll let you know the answer when I get through to the doc.

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   Posted 7/12/2008 10:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Did you have open or daVinci surgery? I had open surgery and had some numbness that went across to the top of my leg area as well. My doc said it was from the incision and would go away over time. It did.

Welcome and good luck with your recovery.
42 yo. now
5/07 PSA 4.65 at routine physical
6/07 biopsy positive for cancer...Gleason 3+4...diagnosed at 41 y.o.
6/07-9/07 manic research and interviews with physicians across the country in search of the "right" decision.  I went to Mass General in Boston, Loma Linda, University of Chicago and Northwestern.
9/17/07 - Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy Surgery at Northwestern Memorial in Chicago by Dr. William Catalona.  Thankful the father of the PSA test was right here in Chicago.
Post op pathology was Gleason 3+4 with negative margins, no seminal vesicale involvement, no lymphatic or vascular invasion, bladder and urethral free and tumor volume was 5% of 27.3g.  
9/27/07 - Catheter removal...let the games begin...
12/07 - Threw out the pads.  I only had to use 1 pad per day for protection against minor drips. 
I started Trimix 8 weeks after surgery with success.
I hope someday I won't need injections, but I hope more that my PSA stays at 0 forever.

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   Posted 7/15/2008 10:29 AM (GMT -6)   

In answer to 41diagnosed's question, I had open surgery.  Thanks for your input.  It gives me hope that there is nothing ELSE I have to worry about.  Can you remember how long it took the numbness to go away?  It has been a month and a half since my surgery.  Down to 2 or 3 pads a day, with a spike to 5 if I'm very active all day.

The power of positive thinking can take you a long way, so believe that your score will stay at 0.

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