Lower Back/Rectum Pain

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Date Joined May 2011
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   Posted 5/9/2011 1:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi,   I had a Robotic Prostatectomy on 31st Mach 2011.  Went very well but now, almost 9 weeks later,  I am uncomfortable in the rectum area and lower back.    Still leaking like a sieve and no erections.  The consultant prescribed a course of 5mg Cialis once per day.  I started this only this week but have  now got in addition, head aches, shoulder pain and very sore buttocks,  a bit of indigestion to top it off.   All noted as possible side effects of Cialis.   Now I have to take Paracetamol to mask these pains.   Having read some of the posts in this forum I think these are normal after-effects which will pass.   I have to accept all better than cancer !
My one worry is that I battle with bowel action even with taking laxatives.   It is almost like there is a blockage or twist in the rectum.  This, together with the pain in the butt,  makes me think there is something else going on there. Doc says "Give it time and it will subside."   
Age     69.75
Gleason    3 + 4
Nerve Sparing Robotic Prostatectomy.
All cancer contained in the prostate.
No bone scan or radiation recommended.

Gleason 6
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Date Joined Mar 2011
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   Posted 5/9/2011 1:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Has your incontinence improved at all since the operation?
Age 61
PSA 4.3 9/10
PSA 5.5 2/11
PSA 7.1 3/11
Template Biopsy 6 pos out of 40 3/25/11 GS 6 (3+3)
CT bone scan neg
6/18 areas positive - 2 in left base, 4 left apex. 6/40 cores pos. 33cc.
Stage T1C
Meeting with Dr. Wehle @ Mayo 5/4/11

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Date Joined May 2011
Total Posts : 5
   Posted 5/9/2011 2:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes,   I must accept that there has been some improvement since the op  even though very minor.  I was using 6 - 8 pads per day and now 4 - 5.  Only one pad at night as it seems that when I am lying down or sitting,  I leak very little  but once I stand up or walk around, leak like a sieve.    At night, with a full bladder,  I can get up and walk to the toilet without leaking but once the bladder is empty,  cannot stop.  Do pelvic exercises every day but not consistently.  Just don't remember to do them.

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Date Joined Sep 2009
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   Posted 5/9/2011 4:44 PM (GMT -6)   
You will have all kinds of stuff going on for the next few mos. You are doing right in questioning them, but most are a result of surgery.
Diagnosed 8/14/09 psa 8.1 66,now 67
2cores 70%, rest 6-7 < 5%
gleason 3+ 3, up to 3+4 @ the dub
RPP U of Wash, Bruce Dalkin,
pathology 4+3, tertiary5, 2 foci
extensive pni, prostate confined,27 nodes removed -, svi - margins -
99%continent@ cath removal. 1% incont@gaspass,sneeze,cough 18 mos, squirt @ running. psa std test reported on paper as 0.0 as of 12/14/10 ed improving
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