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Unread 07-28-2019, 01:00 AM   #161
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bull chit...you are still in slow motion then....

just wait until you hit 60 and plus...

gives you a good understanding of what warp drive is...
I'm already there. 40 doesn't seem like that long ago. Some how I missed a year or two or 10. This 22 years went by phucking fast
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Unread 07-28-2019, 05:32 AM   #162
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So....bladder flush out? Beer. I haven't done much beer drinking in a long time, but I am about due....and I told the doc so....he said.....you know why you pee better with alcohol? Cause it is numbing the urethra. Duh. But it used to do the trick....

As to Flomax....no side issues. Everything works as designed. What I hate is having to take any med long term.




Now, for a completely different side...Anyone see a "Superbeets" commercial?

Well....I ordered a can, and since I already drink cranberry juice every morning, mix it in...and presto....for me, it works. My blood pressure went down over a month from 145 over 100 to 120 over 70. Can't speak to increased energy, and I can't say specifically the Superbeets is the cause, but I am taking no other meds.
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Unread 07-28-2019, 03:33 PM   #163
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So....bladder flush out? Beer. I haven't done much beer drinking in a long time, but I am about due....and I told the doc so....he said.....you know why you pee better with alcohol? Cause it is numbing the urethra. Duh. But it used to do the trick....

As to Flomax....no side issues. Everything works as designed. What I hate is having to take any med long term.




Now, for a completely different side...Anyone see a "Superbeets" commercial?

Well....I ordered a can, and since I already drink cranberry juice every morning, mix it in...and presto....for me, it works. My blood pressure went down over a month from 145 over 100 to 120 over 70. Can't speak to increased energy, and I can't say specifically the Superbeets is the cause, but I am taking no other meds.
I'm scared alcohol of any kind will dehydrate though. A glass of wine is supposed to be good for your blood. I haven't had a drop for a couple of years probably maybe that's what I'm missing. Then again.

Also haven't had a PSA screen in about 10 years. I was at 1.0 then. I'm afraid of where I might be now.

Blood pressure is another issue no meds seem to work but booze does but it's only temporary.

Like a old high mileage car the parts just wear out
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My PSA was 4.3 when I was having issues before surgery. Scared the hell out of me....and then it is down to less then 1 again.

I know a lot of docs that endorse having a glass of wine at every meal, or for dinner, and of course, we know this is for the anti-oxident and natural blood thinning....but I don't like wine. That is my next course of action.....start drinking a glass every evening and see what I feel like after a month.

Funny story about wine: My ex's mother, a devout Baptist and teetotaler, was advised by her doctor to drink a glass of wine, or a wine cooler....for her colon issues.....and I don't think she ever would or did....she was convinced she should go to Heaven without wine crossing her lips. That was 30 years ago, and she is still alive today, so she didn't need it, but the fun she missed out on.
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We had a thread about plantar fasciitis a few years back, and presto, if I didn't have enough problems.....it came back with a vengeance. I guess I haven't had an issue with it in 5 or 6 years maybe...started wearing Keen shoes....and they did the trick.

So it was so bad last week, and I was hobbling around like an old man, I told my wife I was heading for the podiatrist for a cortisone shot....which hurts like hell too....and Saturday morning, refilled my hot tub which we don't use when it is the middle of summer....and presto, 3 mornings back in the tub and keeping my foot over the strongest jet has worked the magic again. No pain.

I wonder what will be next?
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We had a thread about plantar fasciitis a few years back, and presto, if I didn't have enough problems.....it came back with a vengeance. I guess I haven't had an issue with it in 5 or 6 years maybe...started wearing Keen shoes....and they did the trick.

So it was so bad last week, and I was hobbling around like an old man, I told my wife I was heading for the podiatrist for a cortisone shot....which hurts like hell too....and Saturday morning, refilled my hot tub which we don't use when it is the middle of summer....and presto, 3 mornings back in the tub and keeping my foot over the strongest jet has worked the magic again. No pain.

I wonder what will be next?
I'm glad it got better. I keep a thing like a beer bottle under my desk to use one the arch of my foot. It seems to help. This thing works greatI can't get a pic on here so here's a video...
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So as many of you followed, I had prostate surgery...opening up the tube...no big deal...right? I have had 2 trips to the hospital for infection and bladder irrigation, and if that wasn't enough, I take off at 3 pm a few weeks ago....on Friday...been a long week...productive....all is good. An hour after I get home, after being able to pee normally for awhile, I can't get a drop. Call my urologist. He is gone on vacation. Call my RN daughter, she calls a urologist she knows. He says head to the ER, and he tries to back channel a call to my doc. No luck. My wife drives me to the ER, 20 miles away, and every bump in the road is excruciating....pain of a full bladder...and the funny thing to me is I have been going all day no problem. No reason to have a full bladder....no beer either.

I am bent double as we get into the ER, they take me straight back to a table and cath me and nothing comes out. So then.....just to add a little misery to the story....so you guys can feel this...they decide I am blocked and they use a 100 cc syringe....filled with sterile water, and with the catheter in, then push 100 cc of water in my already "full" bladder. I am crawling the walls and cussing like you won't believe. After they run this torture for a few minutes, and I kid you not, I am pain tolerant for the most part....I am in tears....they get blood clots and then dark blood.

Off to surgery.....1100 cc of clotted blood in my bladder. And they have no idea why or where it came from. I was out thankfully, but the urologist could not even find a bleeder or a wound...nothing.

Now......I am again working ok....but as he pointed out.....my refusal to follow instructions caused this. He said light activity does not mean climbing in and out of manlifts, running equipment, or even getting in and out of my truck several times a day.

he said how about trying it like this: No activity means NO ACTIVITY for a FEW WEEKS.....stay home, watch TV....run your business over the phone....read a book...and maybe...this time, you might find that healing takes place.


My BIL just had surgery to remove his prostate today.
Stays overnight in the hospital but my sis says tomorrow he goes home. They told him do what he feels comfortable (at home) for a week.
He has a catheter in and from my sister's text it sounds like they keep it in for a week??? I have to check with her on that.

His PSA was going up close to 2 pts a month for the past couple months after it was already a high 2, and he decided to have it removed.

BTW, 68 yo.
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Isn't anything less than 4.0 normal? Here's mine I had done in 14




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Yeah, my blood tests have it as below 4 and you are ok.
My last one was .7. It usually fluctuates from .5-.7.

So, that seems like a big spread to go up to 4 and be normal.
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My urologist says the PSA is the most misunderstood and misdiagnosed test out there. And he was obviously right. I was a 1 or less, and then with the infections, up to 4.3, and I read on the internet it was cancer worry time....the doc said we would check it again when the infections cleared up, and sure enough, back to normal.

In other words, the PSA number isn't always about cancer.
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After re-reading the emails from my sister, his numbers were going up in the winter.
His dr. had him do an MRI, his number went up again, and then the dr. did a biopsy in May.
It was after the biopsy the dr. told him it was time for a decision.

He was given options, and chose to have it removed. They did it with one of those robotic surgical machines.
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Any hint as to what started all the problems now Jo? Just too many birthdays or was there some kind of trigger?

I dont do any sugar anymore at all. That **** is horrible for you. No beer during the week at all. The most alcohol I will usually have is a glass of wine a night with my wife after dinner. Those are all things my old man said the doc told him could have helped.

My Dad was researching other stuff on it and things like lots of carbs can cause inflammation. Early morning insulin dumps also weren't good (lots of grains for breakfast). The more he was reading the more he found stuff you ingested made a big difference on his prostate (and heart which was his main reason for researching it).

What does your urologist say about foods and liquids?
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Weight seems to be a big deal....meaning a fat belly putting a lot of pressure on the bladder. It doesn't seem to be a big deal about what you consume, generally. Obviously, the more of something you drink, like beer or tea or coffee, helps flush you out.

But the prostate is not part of the intake...it is a separate organ with a purpose. 20 years ago, I doctor I knew was talking about guys who get vasectomies...and said there would be a price to pay later in life. Denying hormones that are produced in the testes is kind of dumb...he said. I asked my urologist about this and sex in general, and he said get all you can, while you can. It is healthier to keep everything working. Meaning you will have problems with not producing semen and keeping it going as part of a healthy life.

But the sobering fact is that half of all men will have severe prostate problems at some point. And many older men pass without being diagnosed...since a lot of prostate issues have a slow clock to death.


Oh yeah....the obvious sign of pay attention: Frequency and urgency. I am up 3 or more times a night. And sometimes, I feel like I will have to pee in my pants, literally. It is that urgent.
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Any hint as to what started all the problems now Jo? Just too many birthdays or was there some kind of trigger?


I have had urethra issues it seems like my whole life. And with this came slow urinary stream. And with this comes residual urine. And with this comes UTIs every time you turn around. But I went years without issues also.
Involvement in racing, + flying + driving big trucks long distance and holding off on peeing probably caused most of the issues. Not what I ate or drank.
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Weight seems to be a big deal....meaning a fat belly putting a lot of pressure on the bladder. It doesn't seem to be a big deal about what you consume, generally. Obviously, the more of something you drink, like beer or tea or coffee, helps flush you out.

But the prostate is not part of the intake...it is a separate organ with a purpose. 20 years ago, I doctor I knew was talking about guys who get vasectomies...and said there would be a price to pay later in life. Denying hormones that are produced in the testes is kind of dumb...he said. I asked my urologist about this and sex in general, and he said get all you can, while you can. It is healthier to keep everything working. Meaning you will have problems with not producing semen and keeping it going as part of a healthy life.

But the sobering fact is that half of all men will have severe prostate problems at some point. And many older men pass without being diagnosed...since a lot of prostate issues have a slow clock to death.


Oh yeah....the obvious sign of pay attention: Frequency and urgency. I am up 3 or more times a night. And sometimes, I feel like I will have to pee in my pants, literally. It is that urgent.
I was always thinking the opposite on these three items. Particularly the caffeine. I was on an ice tea craze for a while and started having problems so I backed off. I know a lot of older guys switch to decaf coffee on the advice of their doctor. Wondering if there is a connection.

I said it in another post, the more water I drink the better my plumbing works and feels. I love my coffee and strong too, but it no longer loves me.
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I buy 'Arizona Zero' tea by the gallon then cut it in half with water. That's my drink of choice daily.


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I was doing a ton of half and half tea. Half sweet and half unsweet. Eventually it started to cause digestive problems. Now I rarely do tea, which sucks because I love iced tea.

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My plumber had a lot of the same issues, and he got on the green tea kick, and he claims it works for him. Keeps him peeing, and is healthy. Green Tea.

I drink a lot of water in the summer, but it is sweet tea for me except when I think about how fat I am...then unsweet. I don't spend a lot of time worrying about it.

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