I just happened to notice that we are about the same age. At least we can be happy that we found out that we had PC early and made the choice to get surgery. This means that we have a very good chance at many years of life cancer free.
By the way, my insurance never paid for the ED pills either. I wanted to do whatever my Doctor said that may help to prevent ED later. My Dr recommended 20mg of Cialis, which I found out ended up costing me the same amount as the 5mg tablets. I ended up paying out of pocked for every pill with the hope that it may prevent ED later.
At least I hope you don’t have the kind of issue that I just read. Another guy that is being told by his insurance that he will have to pay 42K out of pocked for his surgery…. Yikes… It sounds like someone is getting ripped off. I guess that is what happens when people are desperate to get the help they need, those that can, rip them off in their time of need. There is a whole industry out there designed to rip off desperate people. Sounds like universal healthcare may not be such a bad idea, where everyone would get treated the same, regardless of your income or which insurance company you may have. Humm…
It looks like your surgery was in November, so you are just getting started on the long road to full recovery. Even if you do have to pay for the pills out of pocket, I hope you get a full recovery in every way possible.
Some men claim that they have achieved a full recovery within weeks after surgery; others say that it took them 18 to 24 months before they had a full recovery. Others say that they have a good enough recovery that with the aid of the ED pills they have a fully successful erection. For me, regardless that I paid for the pills, I still ended up with ED and never did have full recovery in regard to ED. I tried every option available (i.e.: pills, pump, shots, etc…) and finally ended up getting a penile implant which ended up being the best choice for me. I am letting you know this because I want you to know that regardless of which type of recovery you end up with, there is usually a treatment out there that will allow you to have a near normal sex life going forward.
Just be assured that even if things end up being like they were for me, where you do end up with ED and where all the other options available don’t end up being a successful option for you, there is still hope. With a penile implant I now can function like when I was a much younger man. I can perform whenever I chose, wherever I want and as often as I wish. I don’t have to worry about filling a peroration or taking a pill and waiting for it to take effect. I don’t have to detract from an impromptu moment by having to take along my equipment or getting it out and getting pumped up before hand (and dealing with a truly abnormal feeling erection). In order to react to the moment, I no longer have to go to the refrigerator to get my meds and needles, prepare the shot, making the injection and then waiting for things to work. My wife of 37 years used to call me “Ever Ready Ted”. Now I am living up to her expectations!!
I wish you the best as you move forward with your recovery and hope that you have the best of results.
Diagnosis Results – Oct 31, 2007;
•Age – 53 (turned 54 in Nov 2007)
•PSA is 3.83
•Gleason's Grade - 3+3=6, T1C
Surgery Dec 11, 2007;
•Cancer confirmed on Right mid and Left apex
•Both nerve bundles spared, some damage to the Left bundle.
•30 day PSA, .01
•90 day PSA, .00
•Latest PSA, .04
•ED treatments: Levitra, Cialis, Trimix, Erect Aid pump, Penile Implant on 3/12/2009