I hope anyone recovering from seeds or HDR from early days to years later will post their experiences.
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Im now at the 18th day after implanting seeds in Seattle March 30. This is exactly at the half life of Paladium 103. I have no idea if that effects symptoms but my mind has had it as a benchmark of somekind. My doc told me I should wait two weeks to have orgasm so I did though I have not really felt motivated to have sex with some of the urinary symptoms, but I was getting erections so I decided to give it a try. I had my first orgasm yesterday and there was some soreness afterwards but nothing earth shaking. Orgasm was strong and felt different than normal but things havent been normal since ADT and it was a GREAT relief to see my sexuality returning. I have been taking Cialis for the past 4 months MWF 10 mg to protect the blood vessels as best I can. But I remember thinking after orgasm " I can work with this." When I am relaxed and in the right setting with the right person, sex will be fine. A small amount of semen came out but then Im coming off of ADT also so its hard to tell what the reduction in semen is related to : ADT or swelling of the prostate due to the seeds. The blue discoloration of the scrotum and the base of the penis are now gone. I used to call that bruising but I think its more like some blood leaking into the tissues from the procedure because I have never had pain or tenderness in that area from the procedure. My mind does go to the possibility that long term reactions of the blood vessels to the radiation will effect erection. Strum had me on Trental 400mg BID to protect the blood vessels, but I have tried twice and seem to have differing drug reactions to it so have had to stop it, but I intend to try it again as Snuffy Myers also recommends it in his video on mitigating radiation effects. I will post the link to his video in another post.
Urinary symptoms: This is the only side effect from seeds that I am having currnently: slow urination and some burning although two days ago I had significant pain when I decided to try some items that Grimm suggested I avoid: chocolate, coffee primarily. I love these things and gave it a try. Forget it. I was awake most of the night with bladder pain and taking tylenol extra strength. If I watch my diet there is essentiall no pain just urinary slowing--- sometimes close to normal sometimes dribbling. Though when I stop urinating I feel a very uncomfortable feeling almost pain with stopping the flow. This is something I have never heard of , but it goes away in about 30 seconds-- must have something to do with closing the sphincter or whatever its called for urine. What definitely took away the pain from eating too acidic a diet was a half teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water about three times in a day.
That definitely motivated me to stay on the restricted diet for awhile though now my mind says " I wonder if I take baking soda with the coffee, it will be okay?" Not quite read to give that a try.
What have you guys been going through.
Gl 7 3+4 (30%) 3 of 7 cores Sept 10 (Bahn), Endorectal MRI negative for ECE's, Sem Ves Involvement Nov 10, ADT (Strum) 4 months PSA after ADT .04 Prostate volume fell from 48 cc to 19 cc. Pal 103 Seeds (Grimm) March 30, 2011