Hi. Had mine May 17. They gave me antibiotics to take in the event I did get a UTI. Week or so after cath out I had sharb burning when I tried to go. My Primary and then the Uro both did the test for Urinary Tract Infection but neither found anything. I could pee a little, then STOP in it's track, both due to pain and it felt like a valve had closed. AS few minutes later I felt the valve partially open up, the pain subside and I was able to pee, but not a full flow. At that point I didn't even care, just glad to get relief. This past week, in setting up my potential Radiation Therapy, I explained to the Rad Onc that I was still experiencing this issue.. though the paid had subsided alot since those first days.. but I was getting blood at the end of evey urination. I would pee well,, then it would stop, some pain, valave shuts down, then opens again in a few minutes. At least I wasn't retaining the urine - I was/am ultimately able to empty the bladder.. BUT IS WAS LIKE A THREE RING CIRCUS GETTING THERE!
So I had urine test done Friday.. they will send the results to my uro in Boston to look at Monday. In the meatime, I just mentioned to my wife that the last time I saw blood (and it was EVERY time) was the morning I went to meet the Rad Onc, somewhat ironically, I guess.
So i'll wait for the results.. But I have personally noticed that MUCH of these things absolutey do get better over time.. or they have for me. Operation scar tissue stopped hurting in 3+- weeks, sitting down stopped feeling like there was a whole there about 3.5 weeks, I am now out walking 3+- miles a day and lifting some weights with no problem.
I tell you all this because I was discouraged, concerned, curious and all similar to you.. WHEN and WILL these things get better.. so I want you to know thta many of them indeed do and did get better. So keep the faith!
First ever PSA test Jan 2010 @ 51 years old. 4.0.
Digital exam in March 2010 showed 1 side hard, other soft.
Biopsy, positive in 3 of 12.
Davinci @ Boston Medical Center, May 17, 2010.
Was suggested prior to it was likely contained.
June 1 advised 3+-4 was really 4+3 per pathology. Pos margins.
Listed on patholgy as PT3, but with extraprostatic extension,
microscopic invasion of the bladder neck, PT3A is perhaps the case.
Catheter removed June 1.. 1 pad/day, doing ok. ED, but not in rush.
Sore as heck down there, but doing much walking with my wife.
To meet with my Uri (1st meeting since) June 17 - 1 mo point, to discuss.
BMC already has me setup to meet with radiology.
Felling a little better each day. Cant tell if my expectancy just went from 10-15 down to 5-7, the information out there appears to be all over the place. I WILL NOT radiate my insides to the point of being a veg for the sake of a few years. QOL is primary to me. Selfish I guess. I pray for all of you as I do for myself, but must remember that i've had a pretty good 50+ years, and know others who have lost their children to disease.. so I dont have the nerve to complain! Update 7/14/2010: When I tried changing this sig a few days after creating it, system was broken. My new rad oncologist are discussing IMRT.. though he says he can see why waiting a bit and watching the PSA on super sensitive basis might make sense. I am leaning towards IMRT.. thinking is my body is pretty strong now, i'm 51, and if I can rid my body of this while trying to minimize the side effects.. I dunno. No really Good answers. When I said I didnt want radiation to the point of being a veg.. I really meant there is a limit as to where I wish to go in order to realize only a small increase in life expectancy.. and not that I am an unreasonable person. I do, after all, have an obligation to my wife and kids.