I will only sound like a broken record here,but listen to these seasoned veterans of prostate cancer. You may or may not have it. For example for two years I was told by a few doctors I had IBS, hence the 'unhappycramper' username. Then some smart doc ordered a CT and found a rare one in 100,000 carcinoid NET tumor cancer,which I have had two surgeries for, one general Hemi-colectomy and another using a daVinci Robot to excise twin carcinoid tumors between my rectum and seminal vesicles. These docs are only human and they also can and will make mistakes in diagnosing an illness. They made a grave mistake while I was suffering all along with a partial bowel obstruction caused by tumors in my ascending colon, and nothing to do with IBS at all.
I had my Radical prostatectomy on January 09, 2009. I am still incontinent and big time erectile dysfunction. To be honest, I had read Pre op that if the surgery was a nerve-sparing one,then chances were I would get the blood flowing once again and can achieve a normal erection...don't believe everything you read. Everyone is different. I had my catheter for 7 weeks after surgery and also had a JP (Jackson-Pratt) drain in my left side, because the bladder was leaking, due to the way he sutured the ureter back to the bladder. Now according to a recent CT, there is a fluid density lesion causing mass effect on my bladder and may have to go to radiation intervention to have a radiologist extract this fluid. Instead of staying over one night in the hospital and going home with a catheter for a week, I had that 'ball and chain' for 7 weeks and stayed in the hospital for 12 days!!! In time, the sutures had healed. He put me on daily kegel exercises and Viagra 100mg every day for six months, ($$$) and two years later, still, a whole lotta nada! Even a battery operated Vacuum Pump doesn't seem to work at all. And the thought of injecting my penis with a needle is unsettling too.
I am urinating about
10 -13 times daily, with dribbles at anytime. When I sit down to pee, I have to sometimes wait for 15 minutes to stop dribbling..unbelievable. This mass lesion has been slowly increasing in size over this past year.
You have to be your own advocate and research this thoroughly. While I was told I had IBS, I joined a few forums and got some friendly advice like I get here. I wish you the best!
Post Edited (unhappycramper) : 11/12/2010 1:45:46 AM (GMT-7)