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rick27
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   Posted 11/26/2010 9:44 AM (GMT -6)   
I have had a terrific recovery fro my LRP 3 weeks ago. I'm 99% continent (just a couple drops after urinating). I have even gotten wood and achieved orgasm with cialis. My surgical wounds are still a little sore but my real problem is my testicles. After surgery the were very swollen and I had a black scrotum. Now everything looks normal again but they are so tender I have problems walking and sitting. They are too sore to wear a jock strap. I've tried different kinds of briefs but nothing seems to help. I need to put my hand in my pants to lift them before sitting. Away from home I try not to sit. I stopped the cialis for a couple days but no relief.
I know this is minor compared to what others are going through. I have been embarrassed to post until now.
History: 2 brothers with prostate cancer
PSA at age 45: 4.7
PSA at age 52: 8.0 . 1st biopsy 12 cores, negative
PSA at age 55: 9.5. 2nd biopsy positive 2 of 14, gleason 3+3. both cores <5%, Start WW
PSA at age 56: 9.2. DRE normal. 3rd biopsy positive 4 of 14, 3 cores cancer<7% Gleason 3+4 in 1 core, prostate 81cc
LRP, no robot, Sloan Kettering 11/4/10,age 56
No positive margins, continent 11/12/10

English Alf
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   Posted 11/26/2010 2:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Rick,
sorry you have a nasty ache in your b*alls

This is the place where we don't get embarrassed: the place we talk about the strangest things of an intimate nature that we never told anyone about before PCa reared its ugly head in our lives.

When our b*lls ache we just ask if anyone else has had the same trouble and what they might have done to make it better.

I'm not sure any of us who have had it have really worked out why it happens other than that it's yet another sign that surgery messes up more things inside our bodies than you'd imagine. This is also a consequence to some extent of the robot just leaving small scars on the outside which means you almost forget that all kinds of stuff was cut up on the inside.

One thing that did get been snipped off was the pipe from the testicles to the prostate (The Vas Deferens) at the point where it met the prostate (a similar snip to a Vasectomy, but further up the pipe). I reckon that must surely be a source of some pain.

Also, have you stopped taking pain meds or reduced the amount you take as you are now 3 week on? Sometimes you may need something like a couple of Tylenol/Paracetamol per day for longer than you'd think.

A few us have also had some aches after orgasms, again this may be due to the plumbing trying to work out what it's meant to be doing with half of the bits now missing. It's great when you find you can get an erection, but don't over do it. Difficult I know given that massaging things makes it feel better both between the legs and inside your head

Things with me definitely hung lower and got in the way when I sat or moved my legs when sitting. Boxer shorts are just no good at this stage, things need to be tucked up nice and snug most of the time. It really does turn you into a guy who keeps adjusting himself too! And an extra small pillow between the knees at night can also help protect them if you tend to turn over a lot in bed.

However the main answer to your question from me is that as with any pain this soon after surgery you need to mention it to the doc, just to be safe as we are not medically qualified. I am sure they will say it is just normal and will get better in a few weeks, but if it doesn't get better you will have something to refer back to.

Alf
Born Jun ‘60
Apr 09 PSA 8.6
DRE neg
Biop 2 of 12 pos
Gleason 3+3
29 Jul 09 DaVinci AVL-NKI Amsterdam
6 Aug 09 Cath out
PostOp Gleason 3+4 Bladder neck & Left SVI -T3b
No perin’l No vasc invasion Clear margins
Dry at night
21 Sep 09 No pads daytime
17 Nov 09 PSA 0.1
17 Mar 10 PSA 0.4 sent to RT
13 Apr 10 CT
28 Apr 10 start RT 66Gy
11 Jun 10 end RT
Tired
BMs weird
14 Sep 10 PSA <0.1
Erections OK

rick27
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   Posted 11/26/2010 3:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Alf. I have been off the meds for about a week. I wanted to get my bowels functioning properly again and it worked. Maybe I do still need to take some. I was only embarassed that my problems are so minor compared to some of the guys here.
I was looking for some kind of supporting briefs. I saw something online that is called the B*all Bra. It is expensive and looks like it was designed for some sexual benefit rather than for a therapuedic reason. Anyway I may give it a try.
I don't have any desire for sex but I just wanted to take the equipment for a dry run (that is a sad but true joke). tongue

Cajun Jeff
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   Posted 11/26/2010 3:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Rick, It as been over 2 years for me but I do remember that feeling so very well. My were so big after surgery. I called the Dr. He explained that it was lymphademia or excess lympth fluid. He recomenede to Ice them and have the legs raised. I proped up on a pillow and stayed still. They did go down and the pain went away. I must say it was the most pain of my surgery. I did have open surgery and so i can not comment about the pumcture spots.

Man you already have wood. Quit compaining. I would love to trade some pain for wood. :)

Sounds like your doing just find.

Cajun Jeff
9/08 PSA 5.4 referred to Urologist
9/08 Biopsy: GS 3+4=7 1 positive core in 12 1% cancer core
10/08 Nerve-Sparing open radicalSurgery Path Report Downgrade 3+3=6 GS Stage pT2c margins clea
r3 month: PSA <0.1
19th month: PSA <0.1
Only issue at this time is ED

rick27
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Date Joined Sep 2010
Total Posts : 71
   Posted 11/26/2010 5:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Jeff.
It's not wood like before ,it takes a lot of coaxing, but yeah I'm real lucky.
History: 2 brothers with prostate cancer
PSA at age 45: 4.7
PSA at age 52: 8.0 . 1st biopsy 12 cores, negative
PSA at age 55: 9.5. 2nd biopsy positive 2 of 14, gleason 3+3. both cores <5%, Start WW
PSA at age 56: 9.2. DRE normal. 3rd biopsy positive 4 of 14, 3 cores cancer<7% Gleason 3+4 in 1 core, prostate 81cc
LRP, no robot, Sloan Kettering 11/4/10,age 56
No positive margins, continent 11/12/10

tallguy
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Total Posts : 419
   Posted 11/26/2010 7:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Rick,
I went through three surgeries in two years; RP, then sling, then AUS. After all three I had scrotum swelling and tenderness and yes.....hung low. It took a good two to three months each time for the tenderness/soreness to subside. I am about three months after the AUS surgery where the bulb was implanted in the scrotum and it is just now to the point to where I have very little tenderness.
 
Sounds you are doing great otherwise. Don't be embarassed at all to bring things like this up. One of the list Mom's or was it Purgatory told me that many times the little things we go through are often the most helpful to some others. I was hesitant to post my one handed AUS activation technique but evidently it did create some interest.
 
 
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:
http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=35&m=1847812
http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=35&m=1710681
http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=35&m=1948599

Purgatory
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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25393
   Posted 11/26/2010 7:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Tallguy,

To me, the details of what we have to deal with, are important. It's a good way to learn from one another. We each have different battles, and I feel it helps the entire group to know the trials and troubles, as well as the successes we have along the way.

Your AUS stuff is just as important, to others with one, or others contemplating going that route.

David in SC
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 Not taking it
Latest: 6 Corr Surgeries to Bladder Neck, SP Catheter since 10/1/9, SRT 39 Sess/72 gy ended 11/09, 21 Catheters, Ileal Conduit Surgery 9/23/10

rick27
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Date Joined Sep 2010
Total Posts : 71
   Posted 11/26/2010 9:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks guys.
History: 2 brothers with prostate cancer
PSA at age 45: 4.7
PSA at age 52: 8.0 . 1st biopsy 12 cores, negative
PSA at age 55: 9.5. 2nd biopsy positive 2 of 14, gleason 3+3. both cores <5%, Start WW
PSA at age 56: 9.2. DRE normal. 3rd biopsy positive 4 of 14, 3 cores cancer<7% Gleason 3+4 in 1 core, prostate 81cc
LRP, no robot, Sloan Kettering 11/4/10,age 56
No positive margins, continent 11/12/10

Neoman
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Date Joined Nov 2010
Total Posts : 192
   Posted 11/28/2010 9:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I like Tallguy have had the AUS surgery.

My scrotum got black and blue, and because of the AUS placement the scrotum gets really swollen and sore. I agree with Alf that a change of shorts was necessary, I too have to adjust the boys to sit or whatever. I also sleep with a pillow between my knees.

When I talked to my surgeon about my various issues, they are due to the surgery, or medication. His pat answer if it persists, we will look into it further. Sure enough it usually goes away. I found out that Dr. Boone is fairly patient and not wanting to make an issue of something, unless he has too. But, the communication lines are very open and I know he wants to know if the problem persists.

I am glad (not for you!!) to hear your experiances since I had not known anybody else that had them and then Alf mentioned all of the things I have been doing. I was on the right track after all..

Neo
Bladder Cancer fall 2008, age 53
MVAC Chemo fall 2008 to Jan 2009.
RC of Bladder Feb 2009
Stage 2 high grade bladder cancer
also detected after bladder surgery high grade Prostate cancer
Had AMS 800 implanted July 2009 but surgeon nicked uretha and the cuff had to come out. Then developed infection soon after and they took it all out. Reimplanted Oct. 12 2010 after fistula/infections healed

Alegar
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Date Joined Oct 2010
Total Posts : 91
   Posted 11/29/2010 9:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Rick:

Yes, if you have bumped into my earlier posts you may have seen that I share your dilemma...or I used to.


Bottom line: I started taking ALEVE (one pill first thing in the morning) and it made life bearable throughout my day. Funny thing is that doing this it seemed to help me heal faster.

Like the others who posted here, my testes became swollen and distended. When I finally "learned" that I could have a woodless orgasm, it left an unmistakable ache about 2 inches above and to the right of the base of my penis. After about 5 days of taking ALEVE, I found that I can go about my day with little discomfort.

Still, I wish I could achieve a woodrow again.
Diagnosis:
July 1, '10
PSA 3.88
Gleason 3+3=6
2 out of 12 samples positive

Solution:
DaVinci Oct 1 '10, UNC Chapel Hill
Cath/JP Drain out Oct.16, '10

Personal Statistics:
Age: 54
Weight: 184 lbs.
Height: 6 feet

AIRBORNE ALL THE WAY!

English Alf
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   Posted 11/29/2010 11:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes some pain-relief tablets have a double effect as they reduce pain and inflammation. And I think these aching testicles we have suffered are down to inflammation ie swelling.

Alf

rick27
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Date Joined Sep 2010
Total Posts : 71
   Posted 11/30/2010 8:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks guys. I am going to start the Aleves and see if that helps. I put up Christmas lights today and I'm a basket case now. These b*lls are a real pain.
History: 2 brothers with prostate cancer
PSA at age 45: 4.7
PSA at age 52: 8.0 . 1st biopsy 12 cores, negative
PSA at age 55: 9.5. 2nd biopsy positive 2 of 14, gleason 3+3. both cores <5%, Start WW
PSA at age 56: 9.2. DRE normal. 3rd biopsy positive 4 of 14, 3 cores cancer<7% Gleason 3+4 in 1 core, prostate 81cc
LRP, no robot, Sloan Kettering 11/4/10,age 56
No positive margins, continent 11/12/10

Charlie78
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Date Joined Jul 2013
Total Posts : 1
   Posted 7/23/2013 2:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I had advance sling surgery  3.5 weeks ago and my testicles are really sore.  Is this normal? Am I being impatient?
When might I expect some relief..anything I can do to help myself? Charlie in Louisville.

PeterDisAbelard.
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   Posted 7/23/2013 2:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Charlie,

I started a new thread for you so folks can say hello without scrolling through a lot of stuff from three years ago. Your thread is here:

www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=35&m=2801522
60
Slow PSA rise 2007-2012: 1.4=>8
4 bxs 2010-2012:
1)neg (some inflammation),
2)neg,
3)positive 1 of 14 GS6(3+3) 3-4%, 2nd opinion GS7(3+4)
4)neg.
Mild Pre-op ED
DaVinci RRP 6/14/12. left nerve spared
Path: pT3a pN0 R1 GS9(4+5) Pos margins on rt
Start 24 mo ADT3 7/26/12
Adjuvant IMRT 66.6 Gy 10/17/12 - 12/13/12
Leaky but better, Trimix, VED
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