Prostate or Kedneys?

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   Posted 3/19/2010 12:30 AM (GMT -6)   

I have problems urinating. It's hard to start, weak flow, can't empty the bladder. This started 3 days ago. I went to the doctor today and they took a urine test but don't know the results. They gave me a 10 day supply of antibiotics. I drank a lot of water and cranberry juice. So could this be a kidney problem because I have had prostate problems most of my life and I have never had anything like this and I'm 62 years old.

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   Posted 3/19/2010 5:13 AM (GMT -6)   
-please see my other posting from your other topic - you can continue your own thread and add details that way, so all the responses are in one bunch.
-please continue to express your concerns with the doctor - and avoid calcium and mineral products while taking the antibiotics (milk, yoghurt, calcium supplements, vitamins with minerals) as they reduce the antibiotic's effectiveness.
-all the best
Age: 54 - gay - with spouse, Steve - 59
PSA: 04/2007- 1.68 - 08/2009 - 3.46 - 10/2009 - 3.86
Confirmation of Prostate Cancer: October 16, 2009 - 6 of 12 cancerous samples , Gleason 7 (4+3)
Doctor: Dr. Mohamed Elharram -Urologist / Surgeon - Peterborough Regional Health Centre
Radical Prostatectomy Operation: November 18, 2009 , home - November 21, 2009
Post Surgery Biopsy: pT3a- gleason 7 - extraprostatic extension - perineural invasion - prostate weight - 34.1gm -
ED Prescription: Jan 8/2010 - started daily 5mg cialis - girth back to normal -but not much length - will go for trimix in April when I see doc
Incontinence: 3-5 pads/1-2 clothes changes/day- finally seeing improvement - March 3, 2010 - week 14 after surgery -
location: Peteborough, Ontario, Canada
Post Surgery-PSA: to be announced - April 8, 2010

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   Posted 3/19/2010 8:33 AM (GMT -6)   

I hope when you say you are seeing your doctor, that you mean you are seeing a good urologist. If not, I would strongly advised you to, as this kind of problem may get worse before it gets better. If it's due to an infection, then the right kind of antibiotic should help in a few days.

Please check back in and let us know how its going.

Good luck. I know that has to be uncomfortable at best, hopefully not too painful at this point.
Age: 57, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 7/08 12.3, 9/08 14.5, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 - 7/7 Positive, 40-90% Cancer, Gleason 4+3
Open RP: 11/08, Rht nerves saved, 4 days in hospt, on catheters for 63 days, 5th one out 1/09
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos margin
Incontinence:  1 Month     ED:  Non issue at any point post surgery, no problem post SRT
Post Surgery  PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12
Latest: 7/9 met 2 rad. oncl, 7/9 cath #6 - blockage, 8/9 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 out 38 days, 9/9 - met 3rd rad. oncl., mapped  9/9, 10/1 - 3rd corr. surgery - SP cath/hard dialation, 10/5 - 11/27 IMRT SRT 39 sess/72 gys ,cath #8 33 days, Cath #9 35 days, 12/7 - Cath #10 43 days, 1/19 - Corr Surgery #4,  Caths #11 and #12  same time, 2/8-Cath #11 out - 21 days, 3/2- Cath #12 out - 41 days, 3/2- Corr Surgery #5, Caths #13 & #14 same time, 3/6 Cath #13 out - 4 days

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   Posted 3/19/2010 3:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Based on the scant information, we can only guess. I would doubt it is your kidneys, but probably either prostatitis, or a bladder infection. Hopefully the doctor chose the antibiotics that will kill the little buggers.

I would also hope that you have been getting regular PSA tests, which help to rule out other prostate problems. If you do have an infection, it can make your PSA go higher.

As was mentioned, going to a urologist is probably the best thing for you to determine what your problem is. Don't push the panic button and rush to any conclusions.

Welcome to HW.
Age 58, PSA 4.47 Biopsy - 2/12 cores , Gleason 4 + 5 = 9
Da Vinci, Cleveland Clinic  4/14/09   Nerves spared, but carved up a little.
0/23 lymph nodes involved  pT3a NO MX
Catheter and 2 stints in ureters for 2 weeks .
Neg Margins, bladder neck negative
Living the Good Life, cancer free  6 week PSA  <.03
3 month PSA <.01 (different lab)
5 month PSA <.03 (undetectable)
6 Month PSA <.01
1 pad a day, no progress on ED.  Trimix injection
No pads, 1/1/10,  9 month PSA < .01

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Date Joined Mar 2010
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   Posted 3/26/2010 2:30 AM (GMT -6)   
You mention having suffered from an aging prostate. Have you been taking any medication for this? Experts say that as men age, the size of the prostate grows and may disturb urinary flow and functions. That is why doctors recommend having a prostate exam at least once a year for men over 40. From the little you have mentioned, at 62, what you are experiencing may have something to do with an aging prostate. Have you had a prostate exam recently? Have you ever considered taking prostate supplements? I have been taking Super Beta Prostate for the past two years, ever since I read up on research that shows certain nutrients play a positive role in supporting prostate health. You’ll find information on this easily available on the Internet. Vitamin D, specific minerals like zinc, along with a key nutrient called beta sitosterol, derived from plants support healthy urinary flow and prostate functions. I am 65 and it has been working for me.

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   Posted 3/26/2010 6:05 AM (GMT -6)   
You might look into wonderful for such issues, I had total blockage at one point, the flomax open the flood gates...LOL!
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