Sep 13, 2011 - 10:05 pm
It has been a while since I posted. Radical Prostate Surgery in 2003 at age 71, Gleason 7, less than .01 PSA since. Did the usual Kegels during the first nine months following surgery, reducing Depends pad usage to an average of 1.5 per day. Suddenly, doing Kegels caused lower left abdomen pain, and pad usage creped up to an average of 2.5 per day, which I have lived with since. EXCEPT For ONE WEEK THIS SPRING. Suddenly, without changing medications or fluid intake levels or daily routine, drippage and pad usage reduced from 2.5 per day to 1 pad per day and it was lightly used. This 1 per day usage continued for one full week. It was going so well I decided to do several Kegels (20). Immediately the drippage reverted back to my using 2.5 pads per day. During the eight years the surgeon/urologist scoped the urethra/bladder several times and found nothing to prevent the sphincter from closing and remaining closed. Later he injected a bulking agent near the urethra/sphincter with no positive result. I will relate this experience to my surgeon/urologist at my annual visit next month. I'm hoping it may be a clue to a possible remedy to the incontinence issue. Have any of you other incontinence sufferers experienced a sudden temporary or long term improvement in drippage? Any comments or suggestions would be appreciated. Lou T.