Why Injections?

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naimnut
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   Posted 11/10/2007 9:14 AM (GMT -7)   
I am curious why those of you who use injections choose to do so.  I am assuming that the oral meds--viagra, cialis, levitra--are not effective.  Clear enough.
 
But what about pumps? Are they not an option for you?
 
Just curious, wondering whether injections are something I should be considering.

<FONT color=#0000ff>PSA 3.76, Gleason 6, T1c, scans negative


Da vinci robotic surgery May 31, 2007, nerves spared
Clear margins, clean pathology report
Catheter out at 4 days
Down to one pad/day at 6 weeks.
Back to work at about 5.5 weeks and getting back to normal. AND I'm now a new grandfather and discovering more reasons to survive well than I ever could have thought of before...
Pad free at 10 weeks


lifeguyd
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   Posted 11/10/2007 10:00 AM (GMT -7)   

I tried all of the oral meds without notable success.  I then used the pump and oral meds and was able to achieve a usable erection, but the process is uncomfortable and distracting. It hurt to pump up the penis and I used a manual pump.  The idea of an electric pump motor seemed something out of my control. The erection is at best spongy and uncomfortable.

I tried Caverject and immediatly got an erection similar to pre surgery.  No rings, no pumping, just a shot and things were looking up. The thought of the injection is far worse than the real thing.  However it still takes some concentration.

I am still working to get things right. The Caverject is simple to use (premixed and contained inside the syringe) but at higher doses it can leave an aching pain.  If I must continue to use injections, I will be investigating the "mixes", which reports claim have fewer side effects.

 


 
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
no continence problems
Back on the golf course...
90 day PSA  less than 0.01 (undetectable)
Six Month PSA still undetectable
Dealing with ED problems with Caverject/Viagra
nine month psa slightly elevated + .02
 
 
 


lawink
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Date Joined Oct 2006
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   Posted 11/10/2007 11:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Naimnut

Often times those of us who were not spared both nerves find that the usual ED drugs are ineffective. That's the case with us. We were not comfortable with even the thought of what was involved with a pump, so went directly to Trimix shots. Once overcoming the initial "fear" of sticking a needle "THERE", more shots than not are completely effective.

The only drawback with the shots is lack of "spontaniety" . . . it becomes very much a planned event. . . . also timing . . . . not something you do at a time of day where you will be having to go out directly afterward OR expecting company . . . .OR the kids dropping in to "see what's up" . . . . .

Take care!
;o) Linda & Bob
Bob (61) - Laproscopic Prostate Removal Sept 27, 2006.
2 of 12 malignant biopsy samples - gleason 3 + 3 = 6.
 
Pathology - cancer completely contained, even a second more aggressive, previously undetected cancer)
PSA UNDETECTABLE Nov 2006, Feb, May, Oct2007.  ONE YEAR!!!! WHOOO HOOOO! 

Bob also has two secondary conditions -- Polycythemia (elevated red & white cells & platelets) and . . Myelofibrosis) -- If anyone has experience with or information on these, please email us.


Tamu
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Date Joined Oct 2006
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   Posted 11/10/2007 6:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Naimnut,

I tried the pump for a month and found that the rings caused a lot of discomfort, the erection while good enough for penetration was not firm and it was just too artificial. In my opinion the pin prick with the injection is a lot less discomfort then the pump. The erection is firm and responds to stimulation just like before my prostatectomy. It is about as close to a normal erection as you can get. If you are motivated enough to get past the fear of injecting your penis then you should give it a try. The pump was good for rehab and I still use it every now and then.

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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