Well, this just keeps getting better and better. The blood in the urine and the fevers haven't stopped. I feel some dull pain in the hip flexor area of my pelvis and also in back. Incontinence has increased so that I'm using 4-5 pads a day. Instead of only having to get up to go to the bathroom after about
6 hours of sleep, I'm now getting up about
every hour or so. The strength of my stream has decreased significantly.
So, my Uro sent me to get a CT scan, blood work-up, and urine culture yesterday. He got the reports today and apparenly I have fluid build-up. Although Interventional Radiology has to see the CT scan films, the plan is to put in a drain that may be in place for about a week (or so).
This bit about just exercise and "listen to your body" really isn't sufficient guidance. It's my fault, but it might have helped to get some idea of what to do and not to do. I was "listening to my body" and it yelled at me after the fact. All this appears to be pretty resolvable, but it has been a real pain.
Age 52 at diagnosis, father died of PCa
PSA: 10/16/09 - 2.8; 1/11/10 - 3.8
Biopsy 11/25/09, 11 core samples - HG PIN on right side
Biopsy 2/17/10, 11 core samples - left side, adenocarcinoma, Gleason 6, one core at 5%
Notified of dx on 3/12/10 (27th wedding anniversary) via phone by the nurse! (dropped this Uro!)
MRI 3/17/10 and bone scan, 3/23/10, indicate: gland volume is 27mL, PCa is confined to prostate, seminal vesicles and vas deferens are unremarkable.
RALP conducted 19 May 2010 by Dr. Lee at U. Penn Presbyterian
Pathology report on 10 Jun 2010: Gleason 6; gland involvement by carcinoma < 2%; tumor in peripheral zone on BOTH sides; no capsular, extracapsular extension, lymph node, or seminal vesical involvement; and no positive margins.
Incontinence: first four days after catheter removal - only1-3 pads/day (but urethra was inflammed); 2d week (after inflammation) - 8-10 pads/day (sometimes more!); 3d week - 4-6 pads; 4th and 5th weeks - 3-4 pads; 6th week down to 2 pads. Of course, all this depends on how much I stand and it gets worse later in the day.
ED: started the pump the 4th week after the catheter removal. Four sets, twice a day per instructions. Not as fun as it sounded.