dave, you are quite right in your reply of my pain med advice. any good nurse would agree in a heartbeat. one reason i needed all 4 days post op after my
open surgery, was strictly dealing with severe post op pain, and the drugs they administered could only be done in a hopsital setting. when i needed them, and i was almost out of my mind with pain at times, they were so good at the hospital to keep close tabs on my pain levels. i never had to beg
to have the meds, they knew. once i was sent home, my wife (a very qualified nurse, aside from being a great wife) had one of our spare bedrooms set up like a mini-hospital suite, with eveyrthing close by. she took a full week off of work to nurse her one and only patient, so that when she returned to work, she didnt have to worry as much about
me. after my 10 day point, they removed my staples, and i was ok during the day to be by myself.
perhaps i am an exception to the consitpating rule, but long term use of pain meds, i.e. loratabs and even longer term use of ditropan for spasms, has never caused me any kind of consitpation problem. but in fairness, i have always had a nervous constitution, and so consitpation isnt anything i have had much experience with in my life. again, everyone different there.
post surgery, the single best advice i think we all agree on: is walk as much as you can comfortably, drink loads and loads of plain water, use stool softeners often - until that part of your returns to normal, and take pain meds as prescribed and needed.
david in sc
57, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 7/08 12.3, 9/08 14.5, 10/08 16.33rd Biopsy
: 9/08 - 7/7 Positive, 40-90% Cancer, Gleason 4+3Open RP:
11/08, Rht nerves saved, 4 days in hospt, on catheters for 63 days, 5th one out 1/09Path 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, 4/8 .04, next one: July
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, 3/6 Cath #13 out - 4 days, Cath #14- 27 days, Cath #15 - 26 days, Cath #16 - 31 days, 5/24 put in Cath #17