As I might have mentioned, my incontinence patterns have been changing.
It went from squirt...squirt to suddenly an annoying sensation to have to go after going.
In other words, normal pee but then I kept accumulating more drops in the urethra so that I would basically be going a few drops at a time every few minutes thereafter.
This change started shortly after I started Viagra (25 mg per day -- so far no effect noticeable from that medication).
On a whim, I stopped the Viagra to see what might happen. Amazingly, that symptom is 90% gone, although one concern is that I am not peeing that much at all (but I do not feel like I am retaining a lot, so we shall see how that plays out).
Also, I did go back to work this week so I have been more active and moving around. Frankly, I figured that would make matters worse.
So, is it possible that for some strange reason the Viagra was causing that problem as a side effect? It might also be possible that going back to work just got me back to some kind of normal rythm and my body adjusted. It is also possible that things are just healing a bit and I'm getting better.
I'm resuming the Viagra and I'll see if that makes a difference. Clearly, IF the problem resumes I might have found the culprit.
63 years old . PSA-- 3/08--2.90; 8/09--4.01; 11/09--4.19 (Free PSA 24%), after 45 days on cipro! DREs have always been normal. PCA-3
Biopsy on 11/30/09. 5 out of 12 cores positive. Gleason 4+3. 2 cores were 3+3 (one 5% and the other 30%) on one side. On other side:2 cores are 4+3 (5%)--1 core 3+4 (30%) no peri-neural invasion. prostate is 45 grams. Stage: T1C.
Surgery with Dr. Menon at Ford Hospital, 1/26/10. He says all looked good. Spared nerves. Unfortunately: Pathology Report: G 4+3 (65%-35%). Cancer in 15% of gland. Lymph Nodes: Clear. Perineural Invasion: yes. Seminal Vessical Involvement: No. Extraprostatic Extension: yes. Positive Margin: Yes-- focal-- 1 spot .5mm. Final Weight is 52.7 gms.
Incontinence: joined that club-- definite leaks—1 pad/day. Night is dry, was using 1 pad at night for security, but pretty much dispensed with that most nights. Update: no pads at night. No pads while at home, but still very uncomfortable. Use 1 pad for out-of-house activities.
Next Event: First post-op PSA on 3/10/10--DRUM ROLL: 0.01