Been 3 weeks to the day since my surgery. Last 3 days have been rough and painful. Yesterday, despite being on a med to help, the bladder spasms intensified in quantiy and pain level. Had about 8 - 10 yesterday, each one increasing in length and intensity. The last few had me in real tears and screaming, here alone at the house. I finally called my wife and asked her to come home early to help me. She did, she got a hold of the doctor on call, and he increased the med slightly, and told me to stay off my feet completely for the next few days. He said when you stand, the ballon in the catheter pushes down on the incision and causes the bladder to contract.
He said to expect this to continue until they remove the catheter on December 5th. Not much to look forward to at this point.
David in SC
Age 56, 56 at DX
PSA 2007 5.8
PSA 7-2008 12.3
PSA 9-2008 14.9
3rd Biopsy 9-2008 Positive
7 of 7 cores positive, ranging from 40 - 90%
2 tumours noted, Gleason 4+3 and 3+4
Periunual Invasion noted & High Grade PIN noted
Open RP surgery completed on Friday, November 14, 2008 at
St. Francis Hospital, Greenville, SC, Dr. Ronald Smith - Surgeon,
Nerve bundles not able to be spared, awaiting pathology report, Cath scheduled to be removed on 12-15-2008, staples removed 11-24-8