I have to agree with your wife. If I didn't have ED and incontinence I'd be in bed now with my wife instead of answering you!
You can look at our stats and notice that the guys that come and go, end up fine. They did what needed to be done, and a few months later their parts did what need to be done. Finished.
I'm an engineer and like to figure things out. I'm willing to bet we can come up with a correlation between the number of HW answers since joining vs. diagnosis and condition.
HWA =f(PSAd, PSAa, INC, ED)
HWA= Number of Healing well answers
PSAd= PSA at diagnosis
PSAa = PSA after treatment
INC = Incontinence in ml per day
ED = times per week.
I haven't quite pulled the equation together (I'll leave that to some other engineer or mathematician) but most guys sitting here typing after 3 months are here because they have issues with at least one of the last three variables.
Paraphrasing a recent study by Hu around 2/3 of patients were continent in 3 months. Of the remaining third, 2/3 were continent in a year. So, for every guy who is incontinent, there are 8 who are fine. The guys here are the one in 9. I don't remember the ED rates but they were in that study too.
Granted, you may have problems but odds are, you won't.
DX Age 56
. First routine PSA test on April 8th: 17.8. Start 2 weeks of Cipro to rule out protatitis.
May PSA: 22.6, 3 weeks later: PSA: 23.2
. Biopsy 6/10/09
: 7/12 scores positive, Gleason 6=3+3. Bone scan and C/T scan negative. RP DaVinci -7/21/2009
@ Univ of Roch Medical Center
Left nerve gone, right partial spared. Catheter removed - 7/31/2009
Pathology report received:
Gleason 3+4=7, Tumor size: 2.5 x 1.8 cm,
location: both lobes and apex.
Extraprostatic extension present; Perineural invasion: present, extensive.
No Malignancy in Seminal Vesicle, vasa deferentia, lymph nodes 0/13
Prostate mass 56 grams. Pathologic Stage: pT3aN0MX Post Surgery Status: Potency -
12/11 5 months, Still no activity, zip. Using pump daily since 11/11. No effect with 20 mg of Cialis or 100 mg of Viagra. Shots next? See Uro 1/20/10 Incontinence -
8/20 4 full pads per day
.. 9/7 3-4 full pads per day (Try cutting down on fluids. Bad idea. I know.)
11/14 4 months: Still 3 pads per day. 420ml/day, 91 um leak.
12/11 5 months: Still 3 pads per day. 400-450ml/day
1/11/10 6 months: Still 3 pads but leak is now 320 ml (5 day avg.)Post Surgery PSA -
9/3 6 weeks - 0.05; 10/13 3 months - 0.04 undetectable.
Post Edited (Worried Guy) : 1/17/2010 6:04:02 AM (GMT-7)