Nice to see you again. My doc said: no juices, no soda, no sparkling water, etc. etc. He did say milk products ok. The other things aggervate the walls of the bladder when learning to become continent again. As far as quantity, the current thinking is that 8 glasses a day may be too much, because the food you eat contains water and the 8 glasses rule didn't compensate for food intake, etc. I read recently, that approx. 1 1/3 liters is a better amount for most people. Yes, the color of the urine tells you a lot, too dark - not enough water. As a rule of thumb, I was told that the proper balance for most people will make the urine look like watered down lemonade, perhaps like if you let the ice cubes in the glass melt first. A subjective thing. There is a good med you can be on for a few days that absolutely takes care of the burning pee pain, I've been on it twice, called Pyridium. It will make your pee look like orange juice, and it stains really, really bad, i.e. clothes, etc. My doc said too, that pee more often, and let your bladder muscles heal up at their own rate. Might be aggervating, I know, I am still becoming dryer by the day and week. I was use to only going perhaps 4 - 6 times a day before surgery, so for me to go every hour or hour and a half is too often. But my doc. says over a period of time, it will take care of itself. Hope this helps and the other good advice above. My best to you brother.
David the Squid
Age 56, 56 at DX, PSA 7/7 5.8, 7/8 12.3
3rd Biopsy 9/8 Positive 7 of 7 cores pos, 40-90%, Gleason 7
Open RP surgery 11/14/8, Non-nerve sparing, 4 days hospital, staples out 11/24/8, 5th cath out on 1/19/9
Post-surgery Pathlogy Report:Gleason 3+4=7, pT2c, 42 grm, tumor 20%, Contained in capsular, clear margins, clear lymph nodes
First PSA Post Surgery 2/9/9