bicycle and leakage

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   Posted 2/16/2011 7:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,
I've just retired 3 weeks ago and am in Florida where the weather is warm. I brought my bicycle and kayak and have been doing a 10 mile bike each morning and a couple of hour kayak each afternoon and of course I'm still leaking a pad a day. I use a contoured seat to avoid putting pressure on the prostate area but I still leak. I'm still doing kegels, 4-5 sets per day but seem to be stuck at the 1 pad a day level even though its been nine months since open surgery.
Does anyone have information on whether biking helps or aggravates leakage?
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 Jun 2010
Total Posts : 35
   Posted 2/16/2011 7:35 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm 5 months out of surgery and have also been stuck at 1 pad/day for the past 3 and 1/2 months.  I ride an exercise bike every day and find that the pressure on my perineal area tends to make me leak, too.  I also leak a bit when I play golf...although the weather has not allowed me to test this since late November.

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Date Joined Apr 2009
Total Posts : 179
   Posted 2/16/2011 11:05 AM (GMT -6)   
I do quite a bit of cycling and have not had a problem.
63 yo
V10.46 Dx Feb-09

RRP 5-5-09

No adverse SE

PSA still zero.

Thriving, not just surviving!

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Date Joined May 2009
Total Posts : 2691
   Posted 2/16/2011 11:30 AM (GMT -6)   
I took 8 months to stop leaking. Did an 80 mile jaunt this summer and was virtually dry. I think you will eventually learn how to do it. Maybe stop kegeling for a while, see if tha helps. It may be that they are getting tired.
Age 58, PSA 4.47 Biopsy - 2/12 cores , Gleason 4 + 5 = 9
Da Vinci, Cleveland Clinic  4/14/09   Nerves spared, but carved up a little.
0/23 lymph nodes involved  pT3a NO MX
Catheter and 2 stints in ureters for 2 weeks .
Neg Margins, bladder neck negative
Living the Good Life, cancer free  6 week PSA  <.03
3 month PSA <.01 (different lab)
5 month PSA <.03 (undetectable)
6 Month PSA <.01
1 pad a day, no progress on ED.  Trimix injection
No pads, 1/1/10,  9 month PSA < .01
1 year psa (364 days) .01
15 month PSA <.01

English Alf
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Date Joined Oct 2009
Total Posts : 2209
   Posted 2/16/2011 12:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Being in Holland I was cycling again within about 6 weeks of surgery. Starting with just a little then about 3 or 4 miles a day.

I have just cycled 10 miles without leaking, but it did make me feel like I needed to go a lot.
I do find that when I first get on my bike it still feels quite uncomfortable, but after a fw minutes things seem to readjust inside me or something and then I am okay. I also found that riding a bike without a crossbar makes a massive difference, as I then can get on and off without having to lift my legs far apart.

Yes, when you still have a prostate too much cycling can be bad for it and should be avoided for a few days prior to a PSA test.

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 CT
66Gy 28 Apr to 11 Jun 10
Tired + weird BMs
14 Sep 10 PSA <0.1
12 Jan 11 PSA <0.1
Erection OK

Cajun Jeff
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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 2/17/2011 8:21 AM (GMT -6)   
I really enjoy cycling and clocking in some very nice rides here in Louisiana. I am on a road bike with that little seat. Most of the time I manage to stay dry. Every once and a while a drip will sneak out but heck like you in Florida I work up such a sweat so much no one can tell the difference. Happy cycling! I still think the benifits out weigh the risk. :)
Arch shoot me an e-mail and lets discuss cycling.  My e-mail is active in my profile.

Cajun Jeff

Post Edited (corvetteman3) : 2/17/2011 7:24:31 AM (GMT-7)

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Date Joined Feb 2011
Total Posts : 32
   Posted 2/17/2011 9:04 AM (GMT -6)   
corvette - sounds like you have not had to switch seats? did you at first? I am 3 weeks out from under the knife, and hoping to get back to cycling this summer (Chicago not very good for cycling this time of year). a buddy of mine did a century about 6 months after his, which I find to be a great inspirational success story, but am wondering how typical that is. he did switch to a "no nose" seat for a few months.
age 45
PSA 9/2010 = 4.2
biopsy 11/2010 - 3/12 cores positive, Gleason =3+3, 5% volume in positive cores
RP 2/1/2011
post-op path Gleason 4+3, organ confined, lymph nodes clear
waiting for follow-up PSA in 3/2011
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