Feb 13, 2004 - 9:28 pm
To be diagnosed with prostate cancer at 38 was not on my 90 "to do" list at my new job. It all started with performance abnormalities, burning and ED. Having been on the job market for 6 months, I attributed it to stress. At the behest of my wife, a check-up revealed a 4.6 PSA.
I ended up having my prostate removed within 4 weeks of the diagnosis. Two PSA checks since the surgery have yielded undetectable results. Overall, I consider myself very lucky, or am I.
I know it has only been 7 months post op, but the ED is getting frustrating. None of the drugs seems to help, and when it does work, it is too brief to be effective.
Am I part of the 70% success rate of the nerve sparing procedure - this is success. The erections are brief and far between.
The balance between frustration and patience (2 years according to the doctor for near normalcy) is a difficult one
I certainly do not want to complain, but having this procedure at this age, I admit I am having trouble wrapping my arms around the weight of it all.
The lust a desire that was common place for my wife, has been replaced by a feeling of inadequecy.
How do you get past it, is there a past it, am I too impatient, is there an answer.
Let me know what you think.