All was going quite well for a bit, then I had more and more problems urinating, and had a mild UTI or two back in May and into June. Fast forward to last Thursday, and a cystoscopy was performed in the Uri doc's office, and a stricture was found and stretched a bit at the bladder neck. Yes, ouch. And thinkin' of ya, Purg. Outpatient surgery was scheduled for today, but in the meantime I spiked a fever of 103 on Friday into Saturday, so off to the ER on Sat. AM for testing, but not much was found. I took an antibiotic on Friday, which probably masked a UTI giving me the fever (My diagnosis). They sent me home with a script and a Foley to keep things safe 'til Tuesday. I guess it worked, no more fever! Anyway...today came the surgery, and while trying to incise the stricture (the size of which puzzled them; it should not have limited so much flow), lo and behold: a BLADDER STONE! They seemed pretty amazed themselves. It explains why, even a "good flow for 30 second" pee could be followed by a dribble session with associated pain. It was like a random ball valve!
Anyway, the cath should be out in two weeks, and Ill hopefully back on the right track. Little jockey on my back and everything!
P.S. As a cruel experiment to see how long the doc would ask me about ED (he never STOPPED talking about erections before the surgery!), he finally popped the question at the appointment a month ago. Says he gives "shot classes" on Saturday mornings. I really have to get this whole thing behind me first.
P.P.S. Why don't they treat a painful scope procedure like a colonoscopy? I don't think the pain even compares...
>52 years old, dad had PC at 72 (now 84 and going strong), he was treated with seed implants and radiation with great success.
>4.1 PSA at annual physical, 7/09/09.
>Visit to urologist, second PSA of 4.7.
>Biopsy, 8/19, back to urologist 8/24 to hear the awesome
news that a prostatectomy is recommended. Homework done (with RN wife),
RRP on 9/24.
>Uneventful surgery, except for a UTI and H1N1 virus, which set my recovery back a bit. No cancer involvement beyond the prostate, nerves not spared.
>I am now 5 months post-op, third PSA at zero, and have been continent for two months. I started acupuncture therapy at about 6 weeks; no concrete evidence that it worked, but I expected incontinence to go on for a few more months. I'll give the acupuncturist partial credit...
>ED basically what it was before this whole mess. Not good.