Do dreams mean anything?

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clocknut
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   Posted 5/13/2011 8:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Last night I had a very vivid dream of having an erection and at last being able to have sex with my wife.  Needless to say, it was a very happy dream, which was unfortunately interrupted at precisely the wrong moment by the family dog barking and needing to go outside.
 
In truth, I haven't had an erection since last August's surgery.  But in those 8 months, I've never had such a vivid dream as this, and I wonder if it has any positive meaning.
 
Has anyone else had these kinds of dreams when in a complete state of ED?  Could my dream state be trying to tell me that things are on the verge of returning to life?  Or was it only wishful thinking?
 
When I awoke, things were a little bigger than normal, but hardly the raging erection I was enjoying in dreamland.  Do  you think there's some hope that after an 8-month drought things may be coming back to life?  What experiences have you had in this regard?
Age 65
Dx in June 2010.
PSA gradually rising for 3 years to 6.2
Biopsy confirmed cancer in 6 of 12 cores, all on left side
Gleason 7 (3 + 4)
Bone scan, CT scan, rib x-rays negative.
DaVinci 8/20/10
Negative margins; negative seminal vesicles
5 brothers, ages 52-67 ; I'm the only one with PCa
Continence OK after 7 weeks. ED continues.
PSA 1/3/10: 0.01

HD_Rider
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   Posted 5/13/2011 9:03 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm certainly no expert but the fact that "things where a little bigger than normal" suggests to me that from a physiological perspective, things are looking up! (no pun intended)

I've read that a lot of ED issues can be attributed, at least in part, to psychological issues and maybe your vivid dream was a manifestation of that.

I think at the 8-month point, your nerves are still healing and "re-learning" what they are supposed to be doing.
John (HD_Rider) - Wichita, KS
Age: 49
PSA: 3.5, 6/07
PSA: 4.5, 3/11
Biopsy, 12 cores: 04/13/11
Dx: 04/19/11
Gleason: 3 cores at 3+3=6 and one core at 3+4=7 (primarily on right side with <5% on left side)
DaVinci: scheduled for 06/09/11, hoping and praying for the best

Steve n Dallas
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   Posted 5/13/2011 9:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes I've had these dreams recently and since I was 15. Me thinks it's mother nature kicking in. I've woken up in a "ready to go" state and its too bad I'm in bed alone smhair

logoslidat
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   Posted 5/13/2011 9:48 AM (GMT -6)   
8 mos is not that long for age 65. Did you have nerve sparing at least 1? It has been 19mos since my op and just within the last month I have been getting 80 t0 90% erections with 20mg cialis every 48 hours. It definetly is not the same as pre, but orgasms are better than preop, but tend to be a rainbow type, rather than vanilla. Drive is as strong as before. I have those dreams as well. But remember the song, Life is Just a Dream, insert music here.
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

clocknut
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   Posted 5/13/2011 9:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, but Roy Orbison says, "But just before the dawn, I awake and find you gone."  Too true!  mad

F8
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   Posted 5/13/2011 9:56 AM (GMT -6)   
it sounds like a recovering addict's "using dream".  a wise man once told me:  "when you were out there getting loaded every day you weren't dreaming about it".
 
ed
 
 
age: 56
PSA on 12/09: 6.8
gleason 3+4 = 7
HT, BT and IGRT
received 3rd and last lupron shot 9/14/10
2/8/11 PSA <.1, T= 6 ng/dl

Purgatory
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   Posted 5/13/2011 10:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like a nice dream, but a dream is but a dream.
Age: 58, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 7 of 7 Positive, 40-90%, Gleason 4+3
open RP: 11/08, on catheters for 101 days
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos margin
Incont & ED: None
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/8 .04, 8/6 .06, 2/11 1.24, 4/11 3.81
Latest: 6 Corr Surgeries to Bladder Neck, SP Catheter since 10/1/9, SRT 39 Sess/72 gy ended 11/09, 21 Catheters, Ileal Conduit Surgery 9/10

SubicSquid
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   Posted 5/13/2011 12:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I thought I was weird.  This has been happening to me over the last few months.  I have woken up and wondered it the "wood" had been real or a dream.  Fortunately, after almost two years post surgery there actually seems to be some actual erections unaided by drugs.  Takes a long prep time, but things seem to be going in the right direction.  I guess patience is really a virtue when it comes to ED.  The odd thing is I had no nerve sparing during surgery and thought that I was thru for good.  I guess the body can really heal itself with time. Squid.

Piano
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   Posted 5/13/2011 3:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't think dreams mean anything. If you get actual wood, then that is a promising sign. But the problem I have is: was that actual wood or was I dreaming it?

On a few occasions, there was real actual wood, but over the last two years things have hardly changed in that regard. I still have total ED, being non-nerve-spared. However, I have some return of nerve function. A lot of manual stimulation produces a part-erection, and with the pump I have very little of the "hinge" effect.

I have never been able to think it up, and after 3 years, believe that I am about as good as I will get. I can still dream though :-)
No symptoms; PSA 5.7; Gleason 4+5=9; cancer in 4/12 cores
Non-nerve-sparing RRP 7 March 2008 age 63
Organ confined, neg margins. Gleason downgrade 4+4=8
Fully continent
Bimix worked well; now using just VED
PSA undetectable at first but then rose to 0.4, doubling time 7 months
Following diet change, PSA static at 0.4...

logoslidat
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   Posted 5/13/2011 4:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I used to smoke herb back in the college days, before employment and then after i had my job which required testing, I would have vivid dreams that I did it again and it was so real I always feared failing test, never did though. note to mods , the term is in support of anecdote, not subject, which is seeming reality of dreams
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

Worried Guy
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   Posted 5/13/2011 4:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I have them too but sadly they never mean a thing. Nor did the dreams of being able to fly, or the dream of going to work without my pants, or that one where I forgot to do my English homework.

On the other hand, living up North, my dreams of a White Christmas come true quite frequently.

Jeff
Age: 58, Mar 35 yrs, 56 dx, PSA: 4/09 17.8 6/09 23.2
Biopsy: 6/09 7 of 12 Pos, 20-70%, Gleason 4+3 Bone, CT Neg
DaVinci RP: 7/09, U of Roch Med Ctr
Path Rpt: Glsn 3+4, pT3aNOMx, 56g, Tumor 2.5x1.8 cm both lobes and apex
EPE present, PNI extensive, Sem Ves, Vas def clear, Lymph 0/13
Incont: 200ml/day ED: Trimix
Post Surg PSA: 10/09 .04, 4/10 .04, 7/10 <0.01, 12/10 <0.01
AdVance Sling 1/10/11 Dry

60Michael
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   Posted 5/13/2011 5:15 PM (GMT -6)   
That is a pretty normal dream given our situation. Some people remember their dreams quite well and others not so well. Use to love my flying dreams as they were so vivid I would wake up with vertigo from the take offs. Enjoy the dreams and hopefully they will come true once again.
Michael
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