I started accupunture treatments for incontinence today.
Anyone have experience to share with this treatment?
I was talked into it by my partner, who is Chinese and has been a patient of this Chinese Medicine doctor for several years. I will report on the results, if any, of the treatment as it progresses. I'll be going twice a week.
One factor that may make judging the effectiveness less clear-cut is that, I was already noticing a marked improvement since last Saturday. It may be hard to tell if any future improvement is due to the accupuncture, or would have happened on its own with normal healing, kegels, and the passage of time.
As far as the accupuncture goes, I figured there is no risk or side effects, so why not try it. The accupuncturist directed me to lie down on the treatment table. He inserted two or three needles into my abdomen. They are supposed to be positioned on the midline, but he had to offset them slightly to avoid my surgical incision. He also inserted one or two into each leg. One of those smarted a little, as it felt like he hit a nerve. The others I could hardly feel at all. The needles are as thin as a human hair. They are disposable, so there's no risk of infection. And the tiny twinge of pain is a thousand times less than getting a shot, say, or having an IV inserted.
I'm no expert, so I won't try to explain accupuncture. Anyone can google it. I'll just say that it seems to me the Chinese notion of a network of "life energy" called Chi in the body is very likely a pre-scientific understanding of the bioelectric impulses of the central nervous system. My treatment, as it's explained to me, aims to stimulate the neural pathways leading to the nerves that control bladder function. Not so far-fetched when you consider that's how the Kegels are supposed to work, too.
Anyway, I don't want to make too much of this yet, but the wetting in my last pad today was VERY light, after going out for dinner followed by a longish walk. This evening at home I went without a pad altogether, which is a first. True, we just lounged around and watched a DVD, but I didn't spill a drop when getting up to go to the kitchen occasionally and later when getting ready for bed.
However, this condition does have its ups and downs. I have had days of heavy leaking following a day or two of apparent improvement. So I'm holding out for a consistent trend over several days before I get my hopes up. My next accupuncture session is on Friday.
Keep ya posted.
JAN 2007 Positive DRE at age 47, PSA 2.5
21 MAR 2007 Biopsy
01 APR 2007: DIAGNOSIS
2 of 9 cores positive, Gleason 7 (3+4), stage T2a, focus of perinerual involvement, 10mm of tumor in each 12mm core that was positive.
AUG 2007 PSA 3.3
24 SEP 2007
open Radical Prostatectomy, Bilateral nerve sparing
Surgeon: Dr. Martin Gleave, The Prostate Center at Vancouver General Hospital, Vancouver, Canada
Post-op Day 2 (26 SEP) HOME FROM HOSPITAL
Day 6: Bowel movements resume, causing painful bladder spasms, Dr. will not prescribe anti-spasmodic
Day 8: CATHETER REMOVED
Totally incontinent, began Cialis (20 mg 3/week)
Day 9: Partial erection
Day 11: Nealy normal erection
Day 12: PATHOLOGY
Negative margins, Gleason 7 (3+4), Stage T3 (microsopic cancerous invasion of tissues outside the prostate)
Week 3: Dry when lying or sitting - stopped wearing Depends in bed.
Week 4: Normal erections on demand. Suspended taking Cialis. Some urine leakage and soreness with orgasm.
Week 5: Difficult to achieve erection, resumed Cialis but only twice a week (20mg)
Normal sexual function with Cialis twice a week.
Still incontinent when walking or otherwise active on my feet.
Urine leakage during orgasm has stopped -- still some soreness with orgasm
Week 11: Beginning accupuncture treatments for incontinence.
Post Edited (loupdemer) : 1/9/2008 12:00:06 AM (GMT-7)