update on Jeff & becky's journey, and 1st time to try bimix

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2busymom
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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 7/19/2007 8:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey everyone. Last time I posted we had problems with the caverject, with the doc sending us home with a sample to try on our own. I went to the compounding pharmacey near us and found that several of the doctor's at our previous urologist use the trimix, so we made an appt. with him. He was a pretty funny guy, and much more energetic and proactive than our previous doc at that practice. He said that while Jeff would probably regain his erections in time he knew we wanted sex now, so we were going to do waht we needed to so he could have a "rip-roarin' erection", (his exact words).

So we went back today with the bimix, which he helped Jeff administer. He used .5cc, and while it wasn't a full erection it was okay. With the pump he can get it to almost the size of his erections post surgery, but he's had to work at it. This shot put us at about 50-60 %. Although the bimix was definitely more comfortable than the cavrject. just having the erection itself was uncomfortable - any pressure on it up or down was painful. I'm assuming this is because he hasn't had one for 9 months.

It is a bit frustrating when I read of the experience of others, and how much sooner their dr.s started treatment. I kept getting the feeling from our docs that because Jeff is so young, the surgery went well and he had excellent erectile function before the surgery that they thought things would bounce back quickly, or that he'd need less medication, so they were taking their time with everything. According to the numbers I've seen posted for bimix or trimix dosage, Jeff is starting out higher, with results that aren't as great. OUr new doc said to be patient, that many things factor in - and that depending on mood, fatigue, stress etc. sometimes he might need more, sometimes less. So we're just going to keep at it. Hopefully it will start to feel more comfortable again, and we can use a lower dosage - that will save us some $ - I don't know if Blue cross covers it or not.

On a good note, Jeff just had his 3rd PSA and it was again undetectable. And our son who is in the Marines found out he will be stationed in New River, NC, less than 2 hours from home, so we'll see him every weekend!
That was a big answer to our prayers. He will eventually be deployed with the squadron he's attached to, but that probably won't be for another year. So for a while at least I'll have all of my brood close at hand.

I want to thank everyone for the posts of their experiences with ed and solutions to it - it has been very helpful to look up the info on previous posts. and I feel much more on top of things when we meet with the doc. We go back to see him in 2 weeks to see how th einjections are going, so if any of you have comments or advice to share I'd appreciate it!

bec
husband Jeff 45 years old, diagnosed 8/25/06
PSA 2.1, 2 of 12 samples at 3% & 4%, involving 1 side of prostate
Gleason 3+3=6 in both samples
laparoscopic radical prost. 10/17/06
cancer in both sides of prostate, positive in one area of margin
first PSA results 1/07 <0.01%


Cedar Chopper
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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 7/20/2007 2:58 AM (GMT -7)   

Bec,

What great news about your son being near!

The pain associated with an erection after no erection for some time is common.
My physician waited two months to suggest the pump and then insurance took a month to deny payment.  So I didn't start using the pump until almost month 4....

I think that delay was a mistake.  While the pump erections aren't really that much fun to me, I encourage your husband to do this "exercise" at least once a day.  Muscles need exercise or they atrophy....

Your Friend,

 
CCedar
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Biopsy 23DEC06 
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Gleeson 3+3=6
Radical Prostatectomy 16FEB07 at age 54.
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mvesr
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Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 823
   Posted 7/20/2007 5:21 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi there busymom.  Glad to hear about the good psa news, and to hear your son is near you for a while.  Are you in NC too?  Good luck and keep trying.

 

Mika mvesr


Tamu
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Date Joined Oct 2006
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   Posted 7/20/2007 8:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Bec,

You are probably right that the pain of the erection is due to the 9 months with nom erection. I experienced a little pain when I started on the injections but not much. I had been using the pump a lot for rehab and that may have help me with the pain. If Jeff can get through the initial pain then it will probably subside. Even with the injection you still need stimulation to max out the erection. My wife and I have found that by waiting about 30 to 40 minutes after the injection and then intiating sex that the erection is a lot better. Our method is that I will inject myself and then go take a shower. I will stimulate myself while in the shower. Then she will stimulate me after the shower. Seems to work well for us and the orgasms have been great. You mentioned that he injected about .5 cc's. You may have a stronger Bimix then I have but my syringe is a 1 cc syringe and I am using about .3 cc's. At .15 cc's my erection was about 60 to 70% and I went up to as high as .4 cc's with no additional firmness after .3 but it lasted a lot longer. With the stimulation and the .3 cc's I get as close to the same erection as I had before the surgery. Jeff and I had our surgeries close to the same time. In the last couple of weeks I have been able to get about a 50% erection with Viagra and a lot of stimulation. I had not been able to do that before so I am hoping that this is a sign of the normal erections coming back.

Good luck.

Tamu
Diagnosed 7/6/06, 1 of 10 core samples, 40%,Stage T1c, Gleason 3+3
Da Vinci on 11/01/06, Catheter out on 11/13/06
56 Years Old
Post Op Path, Gleason 3+3, Approx. 5% of prostate involved
Prostate Confined, margins clear
Undetectable PSA on 12/18/06
No more pads as of 1/13/07
Began injections in April '07
Undetectable PSA on 6/25/07

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