Diet and Incontinence

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Date Joined Apr 2011
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   Posted 4/15/2011 11:52 AM (GMT -6)   
I am a new member on this forum.  I am having difficulty dealing my incontinence post robotic surgery.  I guess I set my expectations too high.  My surgery was on 12/2/10, so I am about 4 1/2 months out now.  I know, I know and I am overjoyed that the results of my first post suregery PSA were good and that the doc thinks he got everything, but that doesn't make this incontinence any better to deal with.  I had a very active lifestyle, enjoyed all types of food, particularly spicy foods and was a moderate drinker.  Post surgery I stayed off the spicy foods, coffee and beer for a while, but slowly started adding these things back and found that unless I consumed large quantities of beer or coffee, nothing else seemed to have an effect on the volume of leakage.  Now I am second guessing myself and wondering if I would be better off had I completely cut these things out of my life.  At 4 1/2 months I only use one pad a day, but I am on my butt most of the day at a desk and urinate frequently.  When out and about I dribble.  I was wondering if any of the rest of you would be willing to share your experiences with the effect of diet on your incontinence, especially coffee and beer.  Thanks.

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Date Joined Feb 2011
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   Posted 4/15/2011 12:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I was able to control it from the minute they took the catheter out. But the first period I would seem to go to the bathroom very frequently. This created issues for my commute which in the worst case scenario could be up to 3 hours. That changed rapidly and I can now hold it in as long as pre surgery. I did notice during that phase that any drinks with caffeine would increase the urgency even further. Not sure there any reputable studies on this, but I'd guess caffeine can have an effect. I think I've heard others here say beer also does.

I don't like spicy food, but not sure that would have an impact on urination. IBS yes perhaps, but don't see how it would affect peeing.

Sounds like you're doing very well and steadily improving.

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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 235
   Posted 4/15/2011 12:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I was able to kick the pads at about the 4 month point. I don't recall any particular change due to anything other than beer or tea, which added volume but not much impact to flow rate.
age 52
RALP 10/08
One nerve spared
Gleason 7 - T1c
Pre op PSA 8.2 -- first PSA ever taken at age 50 physical
Most recent PSA 0.02 (12/10)
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