Hey Tamu, old buddy,
Glad you are doing better. At just 6 mos. post-op, I'm still leaking a little with standing, or other stress incontinence provocations. I have kind of a combination problem. My doctor did a bladder suspension procedure at the time of the prostatectomy (has anyone else had this?) to hasten recovery of continence, but it seems like it has worked too well and kept me from completely emptying. This, added to the still diminished bladder size, means I gotta go a lot "right now". My doc wanted me to stop the pads, because he thinks one can get too dependent on them, and he wants people to Kegel on. We came to a compromise, of me wearing women's "super" panty liners (there are apparently various absorbancies of them).
Sorry you had such a problem with the Caverject. That was a lesson for me, to use that as a next-to-last resort. I have been using 100mg Viagra with a 500 microgram MUSE suppository (NOT recommended by my doctor's nurse because she thought I might get a priapism from the combination-but no chance of that yet), to "test the waters" to see if I could get anything better than an increased feeling of fullness, but nothing doing. The nerve is still regrowing, I guess, with a lot of strange pains and sensations in the whole pelvic area. It's weird that one can't get anything going with one nerve.
Keep the faith, my friend. I think there is a lot of variability in the road to healing.
PSA (10/04): 2.9; PSA (2/06):4.4, on Androgel (serum T about 450) at age 56; negative DRE, no symptoms.
PSA (5/06):5.7 with a free PSA% of 8, OFF Androgel (serum T 163).
Biopsy (5/06): 4/12 samples positive; postitive samples only on right side; max Gleason 4+3=7 (in 2 of the 4 -from area nearest bladder.
DaVinci robotic-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy + bladder lift + Right nerve plastic surgery (8/23/06).
Catheter out 4 weeks postop, due to internal pinhole leak at bladder-urethra junction.
Final pathology report:T2c-both sides,but in capsule; neg. margins, neg. lymph nodes, neg. seminal vesicles; final max Gleason still 4+3=7.
Follow-up PSA (11/06): <0.008; serum T: 195 OFF Androgel (at present).