Hello fellow PCa gents.
I'm now two weeks out from HDR BT implant. Things continue to settle out overall. I've definitely noticed more sensitivity to my diet both from a urinary and a bowel perspective. Recommend avoiding acidic foods and drinks as a best practice. I need to pay more attention to improving my diet and exercise routine overall - I think this will help all around.
I had hemorrhoids prior to HDB and, for the first week, they were very muted, almost like the hemorrhoids were blasted from the radiation and temporarily out of commission, but they came roaring back this week and the rectal bleeding started again today. Anyone have any advice on how to best cope with hemorrhoids after radiation treatment? Are there any specific best practices? I'm not using any stool softeners yet because I'm not really having any issues in that area, but I've also read recommendations to use Mirolax or Metamucil to help - any truth to this?
I've had several nocturnal erections and another in the shower one morning with Mrs. Hitch but we chose not to take advantage since it wasn't yet two weeks out from the last implant. I'm kinda glad I didn't because I ended up having more pain that day for some reason - perhaps related to just having an erection. I'm a bit nervous about
trying sex for the first time since I've read several accounts of painful orgasms after brachytherapy in particular, but I've gotta get back on the horse sooner or later so to speak.
Bigger picture I'm very thankful that I can still have
erections like this as I know many in our boat aren't so fortunate.
Been back on the commute bandwagon for the past week or so and so far so good. The bowel pain when having to hold it is still there but it is lessening in intensity day by day. Urinary discomfort continues to abate, almost no pain at this point, urinary stream still isn't what it was, and I've noticed I don't always void my bladder completely and I'm circling back to the toilet a few minutes later as a result. Aleve seems to help quite a bit overall so I've been taking one Aleve every 12 hours consistently along with Flomax.
Warm Regards - CJ
Dx 11/13@42YO - PSA 5.8, -DRE, GS6, MPMRI G-Bx@JH - 1/12 cores+@<5% - AS started
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