When I had my biopsy, I had no pain at all. There was a little pinch and burn when the doctor applied whatever anaesthetic he used, but nothing to write home about.
The anticipation of pain was the real issue. As the doctor probed around, before he took a core, he'd pause, so you knew the sample was about to be taken. The sound is a bit scary. Not being able to see what is going on, the thought that came to mind for me was a staple gun going off in your ass. So I winced for pain, but didn't feel anything at all.
I am a bit shocked to hear that having pain meds for this is optional...
The prostate MRI, however, that was hella-painful...
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
number of pads/day at 6 months after surgery: 0 to 1
1st post-surgery PSA: 0 (Nov 2006)
2nd post-surgery PSA: 0 (Feb 2007)
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)