Thanks Alan....now we will be armed with more knowledge when we go see the new specialist this coming Wednesday. I feel bad that I didn't know how to access this thread two month ago but I guess it is what it is.
I will be back with an update after the visit to the Doc.
I'm sorry to welcome to the board -- wish you didn't have to come here. Two weeks after brachy is about
when the worst of the acute symptoms begin -- the good news is that they will go away over time. In the meanwhile, it'll be hard for both of you to get a good night's sleep.
If your husband seems to be peeing out a lot less liquid than he is taking in, and especially if he can't pee at all, he should get over to Emergency immediately for catheterization. A burst bladder can be life threatening.
I found that one Rapaflo worked a lot better than two Flomax. There are other such drugs in this class called "alpha-blockers," and different men will respond better to different ones. His urologist probably has free samples of some of them so he can try different ones out to see which works best. He can also discuss with his urologist other medications that reduce bladder spasms (e.g., Vesicare), that relieve pain and burning (e.g., Pyridium), and others that coat and soothe the mucosal lining of the bladder and urethra (e.g., Elmiron).
Cialis is also known to help with such lower urinary tract symptoms, and if prescribed for that, insurance should pay for it. It also has been found to help prevent ED caused by radiation. I found two Aleve a day helped reduce the inflammation.
I'm sure he knows to avoid caffeine, keep his fluid intake low and avoid acids like cranberry juice that would stimulate his kidneys -- that's the last thing he wants to do right now.
I hope you both get a good night's sleep.
Husband age 74 PSA went from 4.43 to 6.4 from 5/1/12-1/11/13. Biopsy 2/25/13 3+4 score 7 (left prostate), perineural invasion not identified,Brachytherapy 6/4/13 ,120 Paladium 103 seeding. Rx for Tamsulosin 1 or 2 X per day for 4-6 months. Developed AUR 2 weeks post BT. Has had a Foley ever since . No success with each of 4 tries at doing without.
Post Edited (Nan P) : 8/25/2013 1:37:14 AM (GMT-6)