Incontinence While Sleeping

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   Posted 7/18/2007 2:37 PM (GMT -6)   
After open surgery (2/14/06) and radiation therapy (6/05/06 thru 7/25/06) I am one of the lucky ones. For about 6-weeks after surgery, I experienced mild daytime incontinence. Nothing after radiation therapy. I have read heartbreaking incontinence accoutings on this site.
I seem to have a different problem...bedwetting about 2- 3 times a week while sleeping. I mentioned this to my urologist and he said this was not called incontinence. I forgot to ask the doc what it was called and how I can control it. Very embarassing.
I did some research and all I could come up with was nocturia which is night-time frequency.
I would like to ask if anyone else has this bedwetting while sleeping? Also, does it have a name? I try to control it by drinking very small amounts of fluids at night. I also continue Kegel exercises. Does anyone else have this problem? Or know anything about it? I know this was embarassing to write...must be same way to answer. Thanks.
Thanks for your help,
Age: 54
Diagnosis: 12/03/05
Biopsy: Gleason 10
Hormone Therapy: 12/15/05
open Surgery: 2/14/06
EBRT: June thru July '06
Diagnosis: T3b Seminal Vesicle Involvement, Gleason 5 + 4 = 9
Current PSA: >01

Post Edited (veteran1) : 7/18/2007 2:15:36 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 7/18/2007 3:24 PM (GMT -6)   

Don't know how much help this will be, but I had external beam radiation and then HDR brachytherapy (seeds). Had absolutely no incontinence except that one night, about 6 or 8 months after the treatments, I woke up in the middle of the night after having wet the bed. That was over a year ago and hasn't happened again since.


Cedar Chopper
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   Posted 7/18/2007 3:32 PM (GMT -6)   

Mr. Vet,

I had that experience 2 months post-op - after drinking some wine and falling asleep in a chair.  My biofeedback therapist told me a lot of her clients got the same effect from drinking alcohol. 

That valve that you can't consciously control at the bladder apparently can't hold its alcohol.... eyes

I don't think your urologist calling this "bedwetting" (whatever the scientific name is) instead of incontinence is being very helpful!


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Gleeson 3+3=6
Radical Prostatectomy 16FEB07 at age 54.
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Post Edited (Cedar Chopper) : 7/18/2007 6:17:36 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 7/18/2007 7:40 PM (GMT -6)   

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Date Joined Feb 2007
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   Posted 7/18/2007 8:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Same here Vet.  Alcohol is the culprit.  Usually happens to me after an early dinner with vino and then a nap in the recliner.  Lately, if I drink wine at a late dinner I'll wear a pad to bed just to be on the safe side.  Otherwise, I've had total control.

54 years old

PSA = First ever was 9.8 in late Oct. ‘06, two weeks later, 10.1

DRE: Negative

Biopsy results 11/22/06 (6 out of 8 cores positive), both lobes, Gleason 3+3 = 6

Da Vinci Robotic RP surgery, City of Hope, Jan 12, 2007

Post surgery pathology – Organ confined, Gleason still 6, margins clear.

First post-surgery PSA -- Undetectable, 2/20/07

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