Greetings everybody; I found this place yesterday morning while searching some RRP side-effect buzzwords (shrinkage
). Read lots of stuff and found this place to be amazingly informative. I wish I found it months ago to simply know more. I've relied entirely on my amazing wife who did EVERYTHING for me from getting tested to fixing the problem. Without her, I'd be useless to myself; likely just hide from the truth; bury my head in the sand and wait to buy-it.
My profile numbers tell my brief story. It's done for now; had the surgery, just had the catheter removed 5 days ago days ago (my God, was I happy to get that awful contraption out of me), and now I wait to completely heal. I'm doing ok in the incontinance dept, only need one pad a day. I basically spot a bit before and after each pee pee session, but am able to last the night without getting up to pee for the most part. The 1st 2 or 3 nights after the cath removal, I was getting up 3 times a night. Kegel, kegel, kegel! They're hard to reember to do. I'm starting to use my cell phone's alarm.
I now find myself concentrating on dealing with the imminent side effects of a RP; i.e. ED, shrinkage & incontinence. I'm expecting a prescription of cialis in the mail any day. I'm reading alot about a pump as a supplement to the ED meds. Is that recommended by most DRs, or should it be requested?
Anywho; just wanted to jump in and introduce myself.
Diagnosed: 8/24/08, age-47
Father died of prostate cancer at age 72
PSA 1.5 early 2007, 4.5 mid 2008, all remedies tried & reduced to only 3.2, uh oh.
Biop - 2 positives of 20 samples
Gleason - 3+3
RRP - 11/13/08 via Da Vinci by Dr. David Samadi, Mt. Sinai Hosp. NY
Post op biopsy - 75% of samples positive for cancer, Post op Gleason 3+4
4 lymph Nodes tested, all negative
Catheter in for 1 week, using 1 pad a day.
Post Edited (glabers) : 11/24/2008 6:44:10 PM (GMT-7)