Method discovered (?) while attempting to regain Continence

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   Posted 3/27/2007 11:56 AM (GMT -6)   
At six weeks post open prostate removal, I am still struggling with awful incontinence (I am doing my Kegals).  The hardest thing for me to deal with is the "gushing" (after sitting or lying down, it all gushes out of my bladder when I stand up).  But I think I am seeing some little improvement (I mentioned in another thread) in being able to hold it for just a little while after I stand, but I sure have to squeeze awfully hard and walk awfully funny to do so.  If I do those things, I might be able to make it to the bathroom.
New discovery?  Well, I doubt it's a "new" discovery, but if I have read it on this anywhere, I don't remember it.   I do need some input on this from you veterans. 
Here it is:  Of course the "gushing" is caused by sitting on the place where the old prostate used to be, right?  The more I sit and the longer I sit like that, the more gushing there is.  But lately I have been attempting to purposefully sit on my pelvic bone (I think that is the name of it), shifting from the one side to the other side.  This allows me to keep pressure off the dreaded "spot".  I am learning (I never say I have learned) that by doing this and squeezing really hard, I have more of a chance in making it to the bath room and peeing on purpose.  Does that make sense?
Now if I can learn how to get an erection again and have an orgasm that does not spurt pee everywhere, I will have really attained something great, at least for me.

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Date Joined Dec 2006
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   Posted 3/27/2007 12:18 PM (GMT -6)   
With respect to orgasms where urine leaks, I try as much as possible to empty the bladder before sex (or m*sturbation or using a vacuum pump for therapy). If I can, I try to not drink before hand for a couple of hours also, as it doesn't seem to take long for any liquid to get to the bladder.
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)

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Date Joined Feb 2007
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   Posted 3/27/2007 4:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Gene, thank you for the tip. I will pass that along to my husband. He is getting very frustrated by increasing leakage when he had very little for the first 2 days after the cath was removed. I keep telling him that it has only been one week, but I think he thought he would be one of the lucky ones who are totally dry after a day or two. One of his other big complaints is that he feels like he is squeezing his muscles constantly, so by the end of the day, he is worn out. And not to mention the diaper rash feeling, that is also driving him crazy. He says he is constantly hot down south. Any help in those areas would be greatly appreciated. Courtney
Kurt & Courtney
47 year old
Great Health prior to dx
Dx on 1/29/07
PSA 4.1
Gleason 3+3=6, both lobes
Stage T2c, I believe
Tumor involves 20% of cores, both lobes
Live in OK
Da Vinci scheduled 3-14-07 in Austin
Post-Op  Gleason 6, Stage t2c nx mx  YAAAAA HOOOOOO! 

Tony Crispino
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   Posted 3/27/2007 6:54 PM (GMT -6)   
KZIZ I had the same issue.

The first week no leaks, then little spurts when laughing, coughing, etc. But that has gone away too and it took a couple more weeks. Tell Kurt to hang in there. Dr. W said that this is normal because the swelling is going away and the body is still adjusting.


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   Posted 3/27/2007 8:32 PM (GMT -6)   
kziz----I have felt burning and discomfort from rectal area for a few weeks---now 4 weeks post-op, Finally the hot down South has subsided--internally the healing has taken time-externally is a different matter----would like to hear his thoughts---most husbands--myself included, hate sh-it like this but --when TC told me to exercise-I listened--
Age 47 excellent health
First PSA test ever 12/06 was 17.2
Biopsy - Gleason 3+4=7 involving all core biopsies 80% on right and 30% left
DaVinci 2/28/07
Post-op biopsy-Gleason 3+3=6 Stage 3Tb
Lupron shot 3/15/07, no PSA level yet.

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