Frequency - Many Trips to the Bathroom??

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   Posted 10/21/2006 8:40 PM (GMT -6)   
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Help out there!  When regaining urinary control my husband makes numerous trips to the bathroom (daytime).
There are times he's in there 3 or 4 times in one hour.  Granted he makes it to the bathroom without a leak, however, the frequency has me concerned.
Nights he's reasonably dry but gets up 3 - 4 times.
If he's away from home walking around he has very little control.
What are some of your experiences with regard to this frequency??
Thanks for the support!
;o)  Linda

Husband (Bob) had laproscopic prostate surgery on Sept 27, 2006 - 2/12 malignant biopsy samples - gleason 3 + 3 = 6.  Follow up PSA results and pathology results due Nov 14, 2006.

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   Posted 10/21/2006 10:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Curtis gets up about 4 times during the night still...I think the muscles and nerves are still healing from the shock they went thru and it will take a while to get things back to normal..that's just my idea though...Maybe Swim can give us a better explanation.

Curtis, 63,  Diagnosed Aug 21, 2006
Gleason 3+3=6, 3+4=7
PSA 4.10
Bone Scan Negative!!
DiVinci surgery done on October 3rd, 2006
Catheter out October, 11, 2006
After surgery T2C and cancer found on both sides instead of just one side.
Pathology report came back clean!!!

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   Posted 10/21/2006 10:32 PM (GMT -6)   
You don't need my input on this one. You have it pegged pretty well.
My only thought for Bob is to make sure he hasn't a slight UTI causing a feeling of urgency.

M. Kat
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   Posted 10/22/2006 7:44 AM (GMT -6)   

Jeff was like that, too, and the time between going to the bathroom increased until it's pretty well back to normal now.

Husband Jeff 56 years old
diagnosed July 27, 2006
PSA 6.5
2 positive areas in biopsy, Gleason 3+3=6
Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy August 30, 2006
pathology report - all clear - cancer gone
1st post-surgery PSA test 0.1
no more pads Oct 12, 2006

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   Posted 10/23/2006 11:40 AM (GMT -6)   
I find myself going fairly frequently (5 weeks out from surgery), not multiple times per hour, but once every hour or two. During the night, it seems to be 3 -4 times. I think it is getting better with each passing week as I gain better control.

My guess is that you will see Bob's time increase as well (but it's just a guess).

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   Posted 10/23/2006 12:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Rick! Question for you . . . . . how is your "control" when you are simply walking around . . . . what you describe above is kind of the schedule Bob is experiencing this week, however if he goes away from home and is walking around he'll return an hour or two later without having to actually go to the bathroom, because you guessed it . . it happened on it's own. Does this happen to you too?
Husband (Bob) had laproscopic prostate surgery on Sept 27, 2006 - 2/12 malignant biopsy samples - gleason 3 + 3 = 6.  Follow up PSA results and pathology results due Nov 14, 2006.

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   Posted 10/23/2006 12:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Same here. Husb. as almost completely dry for two weeks post-cath. and still goes a lot. Then he started have little control while walking. Can't feel it coming, either. Has a great stream in the bathroom each time he goes, but up and moving is a disaster. Doc put him on Detrol LA, but haven't seen any results with that, yet. Don't know what's going on and it's very discouraging, frustrating, etc.
Husband age 65
PSA on 5/1: 4.2 (doubled in 13 mos.; up to 4.3 on 6/1)
DaVinci Surgery 8/2/06
T2a (at biopsy)
T4c (at pathology) w/cancer cell leakage into fatty tissue
Post-Surgical PSA on 10/3/06 - undetectable!
Future: PSA tests twice-yearly

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   Posted 10/23/2006 12:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi lawink,

Bob is going through what the rest of us "Normal" guys had to deal with. This does not mean he won't all of a sudden be "back to normal" next week, but he seems to be at the same pace most of us experienced. There will be 3-4 stages of control, and they occur without much advanced notice. One moring soon he will discover he has not felt the urge to go for a few hours. Bare in mind coffee is not your friend during this healing process. I am a coffee drinker, and it does make me feel the urge to go more frequently. After 3 months the frequency of going was about normal, and I sill drink coffee.

Good luck, and keep walking.


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   Posted 10/23/2006 1:08 PM (GMT -6)   

Glad to see that previous post about still drinking coffee.  I have been a heavy coffee drinker for years, stopped for a couple years but started up again this last April and know I could stop if necessary.  At least that is one thing I get to keep tongue .  Right?

Hoping also that since I have been a runner/jogger for over 30 years that muscle control will develop fast to control the trips to the bathroom.

Age - 59 (barely)
PSA - 4.4
Oct 3, 2006
Biopsy - 3 of 8
Gleason - 3 + 3 = 6
Oct 12, 2006
CAT & Bone scan - both clear
Treatment - yet to decided

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   Posted 10/23/2006 3:37 PM (GMT -6)   

USMC Retired,

Picked up the coffee habit at 19; Ft. Knox, HHC 1st Bat. 16th Armored Group and been at it for 40 some years. But it was a stint at Price Waterhouse in tax compliance that turned coffee drinking  into a near addiction. Just recently I've been able to limit consumption to 1-3 cups a day. I believe it was easier to quit smoking.

As far as I know coffee does not pose a serious problem to us recovering from PCa surgery. I have not however kicked over every rock looking for contradictory evidence.


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