When you have pain and the pain is building, take pain medication early rather than later, as sometimes the medication has less effect on the pain after it reaches full tilt.
The first 2 or 3 nights when I was home after my surger, I woke up with some of the most incredible pain I've ever felt. It felt like my abdomen was literally on fire. I think it was a combination of bladder spasms and perhaps some small amount of urine was leaking and running up to my incision area. Other than these instances, my post-op pain wasn't really that bad.
Prostate cancer diagnosed: May 15, 2006 (age 40)
Gleason score: 3+3=6
daVinci radical prostatectomy: July 25, 2006
size of tumor: approx 1.1 inches
post-surgery Gleason score: 3+4=7; negative margins from surgery
number of pads/day at 3 months after surgery: 3 to 5
number of pads/day at 4 months after surgery: 1 to 2
first post-surgery PSA: 0
ongoing post-surgery treatment:
Cialis every other day, Viagra "on-demand", ErecAid pump daily Cialis every other day, ErecAid pump twice daily (when I can manage it)