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Date Joined Nov 2009
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   Posted 7/27/2010 7:55 PM (GMT -6)   
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.

Steve n Dallas
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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 4829
   Posted 7/28/2010 3:59 AM (GMT -6)   
The good news is that from what I understand - bladder stones "can" be as painful as giving birth to a child.
Hope everything heals up ok.
Age 55   - 5'11"   215lbs
Overall Heath Condition - Good
PSA - July 2007 & Jan 2008 -> 1.3
Biopsy - 03/04/08 -> Gleason 6 
06/25/08 - Da Vinci robotic laparoscopy
05/14/09  - 4th Quarter PSA -> less then .01
11/20/09 - 18 Month PSA -> less then .01
05/18/10 - 24 Month PSA -> less then .01
Surgeon - Keith A. Waguespack, M.D.

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Date Joined Jan 2010
Total Posts : 2842
   Posted 7/28/2010 5:08 AM (GMT -6)   
zoot - glad they found the source of the problem with not too much interference and searching - sorry to had to go through that pain
- I guess worried-guy (jeff)'s ears would perk up with the phrase - "random ball valve" .... he could probably turn that into an amusement park ride ....
-wishing you continuing recovery that is boring -
-congrats on the zero club status!
-congrats on the continence
-all the best
Age: 54 - gay - with common-law spouse of 13 years, Steve - 60
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: Feb 2010- 3-5 pads/1-2 clothes changes/day- March 3, 2010 - week 14 after surgery -finally seeing improvement - March 29- incontinence better - 1-2 pads a day - one pad at night - May 25 - 1 pad during day - 1 pad at night for security (barely needed at all) - stress incontinence at work - lifting trees and shrubs...
location: Peteborough, Ontario, Canada
Post Surgery-PSA: - April 8, 2010 - 0.05 - I am in the ZERO CLUB - hooorah!
Next PSA - October 8, 2010 - TBA -

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