More on getting up at night to urinate

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Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 6
   Posted 8/18/2008 7:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Lately I have gone from getting up 4 times per night to urinate to getting up 2 times. At first I thought I was making progress, but now I have noticed that while I was completely dry at night before, I now have a little bit of leakage (not much). So I get up less but I'm having a little leakage that I didn't have before. Has anyone else had a similar experience? Was it temporary? I'm confused. And God I wish all this would go away.

Age: 62
4/11/2008: Biopsy, 10 cores taken. Ouch!
4/18/2008: Diagnosis -- early stage prostate cancer, one core out of 10 cancerous
6/13/2008: Open prostatectomy, all went well, both nerve bundles preserved
6/16/2008: Pathology report excellent. Lymph nodes clear. No positive margin.
6/25/2008: Catheter removed. Praise the Lord. Came out easily.
7/23/2008: First PSA test. Results undetectable. Felt good all day. Doctor says I can resume all normal activities.

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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 270
   Posted 8/18/2008 8:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey DooWop (Great name),
You and I are almost the same age and not too far different on dates of operation. As of today it has been 13 weeks for me. I have experienced some of the same things. I told myself last week that I think I have gotten so use to the dribbling way of life that I don't notice as much when it occurs. My visits to the John have also gone down in number (partly because I am wisely drinking less before bed, and I also think healing is gradually restoring normality down south). Even during the day I have thought I was remaining almost dry to be surprized when checking a pad that it was wetter than expected. I am trying to use one pad a day and one at night. Sometimes I use two during the day depending on what I am doing.

I have resorted myself to it drying up when it will dry up - it is a patient process. RB

Age 61
Original data - pre-operation
PSA: 5.1
T1C clinical diagnosis, Needle biopsy - 10 cores, Gleason 7 = 3+4 in 1 core (40%), 7 cores Gleason 6 = 3+3 ranging from 5% to 12%
All scans negative
Lupron administered 4/9/2008 for 4 months (with idea I would undergo external beam radiation followed by seed implants - then I changed my mind).
Robotic DiVinci surgery - Dr. Fagin (Austin) May 19th
Post operative - pathology
pT2c NX MX
Gleason 3+4
Margins - negative
Extraprostatic extension - negative
seminal vesicle invasion - uninvolved
1st Post PSA .04

Regular Member

Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 95
   Posted 8/18/2008 11:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Doowop...(that name takes me back to better times and better places.)
Hey some not-so-good news for you.  My situation is very similar to yours.  Immediately after my surgery...4 times a night and still a little wet when I get up in the morning.  It wasn't too long until I had "progressed" to 2 get-ups and now to 1 get-up or none and I have never lost the wetness.  I think I am just sleeping better and my bladder is relaxing more.  I am trying to sleep more on my back in the hope that gravitational pull will assist the bladder to retain more.  But, this is a real problem; my back is rebelling and compelling me to turn on my side occasionally.  This is the "golden age of life."  As the youngsters say, "Give me a break."

Age 75 at DX 76 on 9 May 08
DRE positive with nodule 15 Jan 08
PSA 3.8 18 Jan 08
Biopsy 11 Mar 08 Gleason 8 (4+4) on the right 3 out of 12 positive <5%. Gleason 7 (4+3) on the left 1 out of 11 positive <5%.
Bone scan and CT scan Negative 12 Mar 08
Robot Assisted da Vinci prostectomy with Dr Fagin in Austin scheduled for 30 April 08.
- - - - - - - -
da Vinci successfully completed by Dr Fagin as scheduled.
Path Report:
Gleason downgraded to 3+4=7
Tumors confined to the prostate.
Bilateral tumor on right side 5 of 10 levels and on left side tumor present in 9 of 10 levels.
Margins Negative.
Extraprostatic Extension Negative
Seminal Vesicle Invasion Negative
Stage pT2c
As far as it goes between you, me and the fence post I am cured. But I am required to keep an eye out for the PSA due  toward the end of June.
06-24-08 <0.1 Undetectable.
Free Psa Undetectable also.

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