Flowstream and stinging issues

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Date Joined Sep 2010
Total Posts : 13
   Posted 10/1/2010 6:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi friends,

Had my catheter out yesterday----and very, very fortunate that have achieved a pretty good level of continence already---and yes I realize how lucky I am.

It stings when I first urinate, and the flow is not that steady--starts and stops a bit--doesn't seem to completely empty, and have to go often--3-4 times last night. Just wondering if this is normal. Totally realize that am very early in the healing and all. Just looking for any others experiences.

Thanks again to each and everyone here----you all are great friends---I think of you all the time and wish you well. And even though not PC---you are in my my prayers. :-)

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Date Joined May 2010
Total Posts : 264
   Posted 10/1/2010 8:29 AM (GMT -6)   

I think your situation seems normal for someone who just had the catheter removed

The first few times I urinated after my catheter was removed it stung the whole time--not terribly painful but a little painful. Then the 2nd day it stung just a little only at the end of urinating and the discomfort was not bad at all after a day or two and any discomfort gradually subsided.

The first couple of nights I got up 4-5 times to pee and that gradually subsided over the next week to 1-2 times then down to an average of 1 time at night. Prior to my surgery I would get up 1-2 times every night, so getting up just once was an improvement.

The only thing I never had that you have is the feeling of not being empty. I had that frequently prior to surgery but never afterwards.

Good luck on your recovery.

Here are some of my stats:
Father diagnosed with PC at age 72 - wasn't contained to prostate when found in 1992.
My PSA rose from 3.2 to 5.1 over the course of 1.5 years with Free PSA at 25% for the last two tests.
DRE showed no evidence of tumor but Uro thought my prostate was a little large for someone my age
PCa diagnosed 4/6/10 after biopsy on 4/1/10
1 out of 12 biopsy samples was positive with 5% of biopsy sample cancerous
Gleason 3+4
Da Vinci surgery on 6/1/10
Pathology report shows cancer confined to prostate and all other tissue clean
PSA tested on 7/15/10: Zero Club membership card issued (trial membership with 90 day renewal)

Regular Member

Date Joined Jan 2010
Total Posts : 363
   Posted 10/1/2010 8:37 AM (GMT -6)   
You sound like you're on the same healing path as I took. Don't be surprised if your leakage gets a bit worse as the swelling goes down inside. I went from almost dry and having to strain a bit (with stinging) to start flow, to leaky to dry as my body healed.

Best of luck on the other side
Dave in Durango CO

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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25393
   Posted 10/1/2010 8:53 AM (GMT -6)   
my standard advice for the burning part: pyridium. cheap.. generic. works fast and well.
Age: 58, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 7 of 7 Positive, 40-90%, Gleason 4+3
open RP: 11/08, on catheters for 101 days
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos marg
Incont & ED: None
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/8 .04, 8/6 .06 11/10 ?
Latest: 6 Corr Surgeries to Bladder Neck, SP Catheter since 10/1/9, SRT 39 Sess/72 gy ended 11/09, on Catheter #21, will be having Ileal Conduit Surgery in Sept.

Regular Member

Date Joined Aug 2010
Total Posts : 245
   Posted 10/1/2010 8:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Husband had pain, not stinging, and it lasted several weeks. Finally subsided without meds. Another side effect we were not prepared for by the med lit.
Husband 60yrs., no symptms: PSA 10/04 2.73, 12/06 3.64, 5/09 3.9, 10/09 4.6, 1/10 5.0w/ free PSA 24
6 core biop 4/1/10 path rept: rt mid: adnocarc. G=3+3, 5% of core; R apx v. susp. minute ca, R base bnign w/ mod. atrophy, L side atrphy only; 2nd opnion JH confrmd
MRI - 15mm nodule
BiLatRP surg 7/6/10, path: T2c, nodes, sem.ves, extra caps. neg., adenoc both sides G=3+3 cntinent, Viagr-8/27 ED
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