Guys: Don't throw away hint number 3 so fast. I read a paper just the other day on a device used for incontinence training for guy using a "cone." The study was on rehabilitating some long term incontinence patients and they described the use of an anal cone. I kid you not. Patients "sit" on the cone in a semi-squatting position, using the anal muscles to hold the cone from falling out and bring the cone upward while holding it. The idea was to introduce a weight training component. The cone is hollow and can have weights added to it to provide more resistance. They saw some improvements but man, the indignity of that is more than I could bear. Imagine the patient coming to see the physical therapist for the first session with the cone. "You want me to do what with that?" Yikes, isn't that illegal is some states? My questions is: who get to clean the cone after you are finished with your reps. This is not like wiping down the stationary bike seat at the gym with your towel. Hmmmm.....
The advice the author gives is standard urology protocols. Hey, give the woman a break. Many women have hysterectomies and end up incontinent. They have kids and end up incontinent. A few other things make women have the same urinary problems as prostate surgery. It is not just a mens issue.
Worried Guy: I agree in charting output on occasion to see just how much you can retain. I have moved my baby bladder from 75 cc to 100 and now to about
200-250 cc just by making an effort to hold off urination for a time to promote stretching and permanent expansion. It does work.
Use the start and stop flow only to ID the muscle group. Don't use this as the form of exercise. It might set you back a few weeks in recovery.
Try not to urinate just to empty a partial bladder if you can help it. It makes your bladder weak and susceptible to urge incontinence and spasms.
DaSlink: You crack me up. As I told you, if you charted your progress it would look like the teeth on a bow saw with lots of ups and downs. Check to see what and when you ate or drank that might have triggered a much greater output. Some foods and an abundance of liquids at the wrong time will cause leakage. Somewhere on the Sloan Kettering website they have a comprehensive list of trigger foods. So you got to stop eating the Jalapeno chips with spicy tomato salsa, washed down with 2 beers. Your going to have trouble, even if it is bowling night. You won't get the deposit back on the shoes if you bring them back soaking wet!
Biopsy: Gleason 3+3=6, PSA 6.6 One core of 12 with 5% T1c
Surgery: July 2010 J. Hopkins
Pathology Gleason 6, Neg Mar, Neg LN, Neg Sem Vesicles
9/15/10 1st post op PSA >0.1 undetectable
3/11/11 PSA - TBD
Incontinence - very slow recovery
Aug -Sept 2010 - 4-5 pads
Oct 2010 3 pads
Nov 2010 2 pads
Dec - Feb 2011 1 pad all day - 1 pad at night
ED: slow improvements