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Date Joined Jun 2010
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   Posted 1/14/2011 10:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Some of you may have seen my posts remarking on my frustration at leaking a full pad a day 7 months out from surgery. Well I'm finally down to 1/2 pad and I think its the result of the exercise program I started 2 1/2 weeks ago. I used to walk outside before winter came but gave up as I would easily fill a pad per walk and sometimes wet my pants with overflow. 
So I pulled out the tread mill 3 weeks ago and began a regiment of 30 minutes a day. I fast walk for 3 minutes followed by 2 minutes easy jogging, after 30 minutes it adds up to 20 minutes  fast walking and 10 minutes jogging. At first I'd fill a pad but now, I leak maybe 1/4 pad. This week I started lifting light weights after the treadmill and I notice a huge difference. I was basically dry until noon today....thats a first!
I have tried magnesium tablets without any noticeable difference and always do my kegels, I've reduced kegels to 3 times a day and assume the exercise takes the place of the 7 sets of kegels I've dropped.
It seems to work for me even though I haven't run or jogged for years...I don't really enjoy the jogging part but I'm sure I have nothing to lose. Hopefully others with a similar  leakage may find it works for them also.
age 56
PSA 5.5
Biopsy, both lobes PCa
Gleason 3/4=7
open RP May 18, 2010
Pathology: 15% involved, lymph nodes and v. d. clear, margins clear
June 3-10 10-12 pads/day
2 months 8 pads/day
Aug 1, 2010 5-6 pads/day
Aug 20, 2010 3-5 pads per day
Aug 16, 3 month PSA: undetectable
Sept 22, 2 pads a day
Oct 12, PSA 0.03
Dec 1.5 pads a day
ED OK with no drugs Dec 2010

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Date Joined Oct 2007
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   Posted 1/14/2011 11:16 PM (GMT -6)   
You are doing well and improving.  Physical exercise is good for the pelvic floor and should help to strenghten the pelvic floor muscles.
My strength of control came after about the 14 month mark.  Before that time I feal as though I had adequate control with dribbling during physical workout and/or having some alcohol.  My exercise was physical like what you are doing in addition to Kegel's.  As time went on I lost some control and began using pads more often especially at a party or working with up and down motion or picking up things.
Mt URO and PA recommended that I attend some training sessions at our local center for Sexual Health.  I attended about four one-on-one sessions with a trained nurse.  Pelvic floor models, photographs, and physical descriptions helped me tremendously as I now knew what I had to control and exercise.  I also learned what to expect when I did the recommended exercises.  To verify the exercises were understood and performed correctly, the nurse would stand behind you while you performed the exercises in front of a mirror so she could tell if the proper abdomen and lower pelvic area was moving correctly.
I followed through the training and have continued until this day 2-1/2 years later.  Am I perfect?  No.  But I have much better control and know when to use a pad which is rare..  If I get lax in my exercises, then I dribble more but much less then I use to.
My suggestion is go to someone who knows what they are doing such as in a Sexual Health center.
Good luck and keep exercising.

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