2 weeks out - Incontinence primarily only when sleeping

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   Posted 5/28/2007 9:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Just had Da Vinci surgery two weeks ago, after talking to the Doc and reading other forum posts I understand that two weeks post surgery is too soon to expect total continence but my incontinence problem seems to be a little different than most.  I feel good with where I'm at in terms of continence with one exception - when sleeping.  I keep having a total drenching when I fall asleep.  It sounds like most people don't have problems when lying down.
The first time this happened was five nights after the cath came out.  I figured it must have been brought on by the glass of wine that I had not too long before going to bed so last night I cut out all liquids after 8 PM and made it through the night without incident.  Then this morning I laid down for a short nap and it happened again.  It seems that I can't fall asleep with anything in my bladder or I have an accident.  I would really like to be able to take a nap without cutting off liquids for hours before.  Just wondering if anyone else has had a similar experience or suggestions.

DaVinci Surgery 5/14/07
PSA 7.5
Gleason 3 + 4 = 7
Age 38

Post Edited (OhioPhil) : 5/28/2007 9:01:40 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 5/28/2007 10:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the forum. I had the davinci on May 11th. I got the catheter out last Friday. Just wondering, do you sleep on your back, side or stomach? I sleep on my back and don't leak at all at night.
Age 52
Diagnosed 2/19/07
10 of 24 cores positive
Gleason 3+3=6 Changed to Gleason 7 after surgical pathology
DaVinci Prostatectomy May 11, 2007 at Univ. of Mich. Hospital
Stage: T2a
Pathology: May 16 - Cancer confined to prostate, Margins, Lymph & Seminal Vesicles all CLEAR!
Father and Uncle had prostate cancer

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   Posted 5/28/2007 11:19 AM (GMT -6)   


Thanks for the reply.  I think this might be part of the problem.  I try to stay on my back but tend to roll onto my side.  I think that I do better when I stay on my back.

Thanks, Phil

Diagnosed 2/2/07
1 of 10 samples positive, 4%
PSA 7.5
Gleason 3 + 4 = 7
Da Vinci 5/14/07
Pathology: 10% of gland, confined to prostate
Age 38

Cedar Chopper
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   Posted 5/28/2007 11:55 AM (GMT -6)   


Yes, two weeks is too soon to make any assumptions. nono

I mentioned my sudden lack of control after some wine (See blue paragraph below.) to my Bio-feedback Therapist.  She said that she had heard about this reponse from alcohol  MANY times before.  The basic message is to cut out all caffeine, citrus juices, alcohol, sodas, and more (I can't remember the entire list.) until you have some control.  Then bring a little of one of these items back at a time until you have control with that item.  Move slowly.

Cedar Chopper wrote:  I'm in week 10 and still leaking.  After a week of the least number of pads a day since surgery, I had my first drink of alcohol last Saturday night at a perfunctory job-related charity wine tasting.  I drank about 7 ounces of (very expensive) wine.  When I got home, I fell asleep in a chair and woke up two hours later soaking wet.  I've never had problems dozing in a chair before.  For the last three days, my control was terrible.  Today control seems to have returned.  Needless to say, I won't be drinking alcohol again anytime soon.

You are likely ALSO just one of those patients that have a bladder more sensitive to all the relocating and stretching. 
   When you are having problems with such a large amount of leaking when sleeping:
 try the incontinence bed liners, and the men's brief underwear liners (holds 8 ounces) and a women's incontinence liner (positioned at 90 degrees to the men's , under the penis - - Holds 12 ounces).
I drank less water than normal and ealrlier than normal.  However, I always drank at least 64 ounces every day.  You might read my thread on "Zen and the Art of Symphonic Continence" if you have time.  I think it is on page 6 or 7.
I'm in week 15 and leak some whenever I drink a lot - say a quart of milk -  and do a lot of lifting. 
Be a patient patient!  You will recover!

2 Years of PSA between 4 and 5.5
Biopsy 23DEC06 
Only 5 percent cancer in one of 8 samples.
Gleeson 3+3=6
Radical Prostatectomy 16FEB07 at age 54.
1+" tumor - touching inside edge of gland.
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Post Edited (Cedar Chopper) : 5/28/2007 2:21:43 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 5/28/2007 10:17 PM (GMT -6)   
You are doing fine. Every one is a little different in recovery. Your day time control says that you have good muscles and are working to get things back together. The night time control is different. Cedar has suggested less liquids at night and that will help for sure. Just be sure that you have a pad on or under and don't worry about it for the next week or so. I know when I woke up wet i was Pi%%ed off and felt like I had messed up . I found that it was normal. You seem to be going in the right direction. We all get impatient and hope for a quick solution. sometimes (always?) we need to just give it a little more time. You are younger than most of us. That is good and bad. Being younger gives you the physical advantage of "youth", but also gives you the impatience of "youth". It sounds like things are going ok. Everyone does it a little different. Yeh.. I said that twice...must be the old brain....(or the two beers) Keep asking questions. Things will get better.
Biopsy 10/16/06
T2A,  PSA 4.7
Gleason 4+4=8 right side
adrenocarcinoma of prostate
DaVinci Surgery 01/16/07
Post op report,confirms Gleason4+4=8
no extra extension/invasion identified
age 65
Back on the golf course...
90 day PSA  less than 0.01 (undetectable)

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   Posted 5/28/2007 10:35 PM (GMT -6)   

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