You may be doing better than you think.
And for every step forward there may be the odd step back too.
I had to get up at midnight, 2, 4 and 6 last night. So I guess my bladder is an old dog that sometimes refuses to be taught new tricks. (I don't think I have not had to get up for at least one pee for about
20 years, but it's usually only once or twice.)
I always had what was once described as a "small tank". That descript
ion was used when I was about
10 by a kid from Seattle who was visiting us in England. I am thus never aiming for 450ml a time. I'm happy when I manage between 150 and 200. (or to be more obvious, when i can fill but not overfill a jam jar)
Now C130j, or is that "Super Hercules", you've clocked up a lot of miles.
No more in-fight-refueling. I think you have to stop all coffee, cola, beer etc for best results. It's the caffeine in some and the acidity of the CO2 in others, or a combination of both. Acidic fruit jiice can thus also be a problem. Tea is not always so bad, for one thing it's easier to drink weak tea than weak coffee. There are also some very good decaffinated coffees about
(I have just bought a new one-cup machine that can make decaff too. So I now most of the pads in the house are coffee pads!!!)
And have you tried green tea or camomille tea? That is meant to help both the bladder and digestion, a full gut is another thing that can press on the bladder.
Don't overdo the volume when it comes to input. 4 pints a day or so is about
Also don't overdo Kegels. A few every day is all that is needed otherwise you will over stress the muscles and make things worse. Watch what type of exercise you do too, I find that anything that invoves having my legs apart too much can make things worse. There are also some positions for sex that seem to result on the bladder getting pushed about
, which I tend to limit the use of. (But I'm happier having sex even if it means that I have to go and pee more, than to not have the sex!)
edited to add this: I have just done a trial measure and found I had held in long enough to produce 310ml so this morning has gone better than alst night!
Born Jun ‘60
Apr 09 PSA 8.6
Biop 2 of 12 pos
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
Post Edited (English Alf) : 3/3/2011 3:42:33 AM (GMT-7)