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Prostate Cancer Resources, Helpful Hints, and Topic Thread Links
Listed under *Urinary...Kegel Help? started by KW
Listed under *Other Topic Threads...
"Zen and the Art of Symphonic Continence" started by Cedar Chopper
Pull from all ~ what works best for you!!
Quotes & Partial Quotes…
** Excerpts taken from a wonderful book called “Dr. Patrick C. Walsh’s “Guide to Surviving Prostate Cancer” by: Patrick C. Walsh, M.D. and Janet Farrar Worthington. Copyright 2001…..
Excerpt: Page 246
**After the catheter is removed….
> Until your urinary control has returned to an acceptable level, don’t force fluids.
>Once the catheter is out, you’ve got to slow the pace considerably. Avoid drinking excessive amounts of fluids, and stay away from caffeine in all forms---coffee, tea, even soft drinks. Caffeine, especially, is a powerful pharmacological agent that increases the frequency and urgency with which you need to urinate.
**Urinary continence: The return of urinary control:
**Phase One is when a man can remain dry when lying down.
**Phase Two, you’re dry when you’re walking around.
**If you can walk to the bathroom and not urinate until you get there, that’s a
---it means that the sphincter is intact.
**Phase Three, you are dry when you stand up (using muscles that put pressure on the sphincter) after sitting.
**Remember, the recovery of urinary control is a slow process.
The most important thing you can do during this time
is not to get discouraged.
Excerpt: Page 244
**It’s hard to believe, but urinary control does continue to improve over two years and, in an occasional patient, even longer than that.
**Can you do anything to speed things along, and improve your urinary control? First, whatever you do, do not wear an incontinence device with an attached bag, a condom catheter, or clamp! If you use any artificial device, you will hurt yourself in the long run. You won’t be able to recover your urinary control, because you won’t develop the muscle control you need.
Excerpt: Page 247
**Exercises you can do: Every time you urinate, do it standing up. You can’t practice the following exercises, which strengthen the external sphincter and speed up your recovery of urinary control, while you’re sitting down. Start your stream, and once it’s in full force, stop the stream by contracting the muscles in your buttocks--- not your abdominal muscles, not the muscle “up in front” around the penis. Tighten your buttocks: imagine you’re trying to hold a quarter between your cheeks. Hold the urine back for 5 or 10 seconds, and repeat as many times as you can. Note: Only perform these exercises when you’re urinating; if you keep contracting these muscles throughout the day, you’ll overdo it—the sphincter tires easily—and you’ll end up wetter than you would otherwise.
Previous paragraphs address… things to speed up your urinary control. One is not using any artificial devices…… and certain high blood pressure medication relaxes this muscle so you may need to check with your doctor.
*Thanks Dutch ~ for your support in sending members to the thread above!!!
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April 3, 2006 53 on surgery day
RRP / Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy
PSA 4.6 Gleason 3+3=6 T2a Confined to Prostate
2nd PSA 02-06-2007 Less than 0.1 Non-Detectable :)