Is it normal to wake often to use the bathroom?

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Steve n Dallas
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   Posted Today 6:21 AM (GMT -6)   
This isn't really new stuff - but is worth reading:
"First off, it's important to understand that as we get older, our bodies' ability to hold fluids for long periods decreases, thanks to a decline in antidiuretic hormones. So even though we're drinking the same amount, we have to go the bathroom more often. This is why middle-of-the-night bathroom runs become so common as we age. (According to the National Sleep Foundation, 65 percent of older adults have sleep deprivation resulting from waking up frequently to use the bathroom.)"

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   Posted Today 10:57 AM (GMT -6)   
I get up at least 2-3 times a nite for that , but the stream is strong, no pain or nasties coming out, so just put the info on the uro questionaire and forgit about it!
age 67 First psa 4/17/09 psa 8.3, 7/27/09 psa 8.1
8/12/09 biopsy 6 out of 12 pos 2-70%, rest <5% 3+3
10/19/09 open rrp U of Washington Medical Center, left bundle spared
10/30/09 catheter out. continent from the jump.
pathology- prostate confined, only thing positive was the report.everything else negative
9% of prostate affected. gleason 3+4, I suppose thats a negative
After reading pathology myself, gleason was 3+4 with tertiary 5, 2-3 foci, extensive PNI, That is a negative, but I am a positive !!
Ed an issue but keeping the blood flowing with the osbon pump
Dec 14,2009 psa 0.0 May 10 2010, psa 0.0

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   Posted Today 6:42 PM (GMT -6)   

I have the same nagging problem and have been looking every where to try to get a discription in laymans terms. I did find a site that explays that, you may find some of the infomation interesting. I did. Lots of information out there, and some times it is hard to locate. Hope this link works in this reply:

Steve F
Age: 58 Married 28 Years.
Initial PSA 2.9 elevated to 5.7 before Robotic RP surgery
33% of 1 of 12 biopsy points (left side near bladder)
August 9th Prostectomy with 3D Robotic Surgery
August 16 Staples and cath removed

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Date Joined May 2009
Total Posts : 2692
   Posted Today 6:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I have fought this for severaly years. I HATE to get up in the night. Post prostatectomy, I would wait and hold it until it hurt, and I found that I could last longer and longer. I currently do not get up, unless I get woken up by a train or my wife's snoring.

I do believe based on my own experience that we can control this by conditioning, maybe in some way like we kegeled to regain control of our sphincter.
Age 58, PSA 4.47 Biopsy - 2/12 cores , Gleason 4 + 5 = 9
Da Vinci, Cleveland Clinic  4/14/09   Nerves spared, but carved up a little.
0/23 lymph nodes involved  pT3a NO MX
Catheter and 2 stints in ureters for 2 weeks .
Neg Margins, bladder neck negative
Living the Good Life, cancer free  6 week PSA  <.03
3 month PSA <.01 (different lab)
5 month PSA <.03 (undetectable)
6 Month PSA <.01
1 pad a day, no progress on ED.  Trimix injection
No pads, 1/1/10,  9 month PSA < .01
1 year psa (364 days) .01
15 month PSA <.01

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   Posted 9/27/2010 6:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I am up 2-4 times each night and have been ever since RP. I had hoped that after my AUS was activated that I could wait longer. But, I am conditioned to wake up whenever I feel even a slight urge and can't go back to sleep until I get up and go. I still get a pretty good nights sleep. Get up go and quickly go back to sleep. It may be habit or shrunken bladder from incontinence for two years. And, it could be that evening cocktail or two that I just don't want to give up.
66 year old male
PSA jumped 3 to 8 Jan 2008
pt2b NO Mx with a Gleason score 3+3=6.
DaVinci RP, 7/23/08. Tumor type: Acinar
size 5.5 cm x 5.7 cm weight: 77 gm.
Incontinence & ED. Dry nights , no control during day.
FUDS and cystourethroscopy testing 10/09.
24 hr pad wt. 219gm. AUA sympton index 13/35=moderate
Virtue sling surgery 2/3/10 NYU med center
Appeared to help but gradually returned to pre surgery condition.
Back to 3-4 pads/day.
Latest PSA 4/1/10 negative.
AMS 800 artificial urinary sphincter implanted 7/8/10 at U of MI.
AMS 800 activated 8/25/10 Dry for first time in 2 years.
Links to my journey posts:
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