One Year After Prostate Cancer (Radiation) Treatment
I had 44 treatments of Radiation Therapy and I didn't notice any measurable difference in my feelings until after about 36 weeks of the treatment.
At that point I began to notice that I had a problem containing my urine. Several times during the day I would feel a dampness in my underwear (shorts). This would occur without me having any fore warning that I needed to urinate. This incontinent condition led to myself wearing Depends.
Also at that time I noticed that my Bowels became very soft and loose. I couldn't tell the difference between passing gas and having to defecate. In other words when I felt that I had to pass gas, it might have been gas or it could have been almost liquid fecal material. Often times I had to change underwear during the day or pajamas at night. I learned that whenever this feeling of having to pass gas occurred I had to make a trip to the bathroom.
My sexual life was also taking a hit. I understood that this would happen as I had done research on the side effects of Prostate Cancer. My doctor had also fore warned me of the probability of this happening even though you will probably recover after a couple of months.
Even though I continued to exercise during this process, I did not exert myself intensely. My routine was mainly cardio (walking about 20 minutes) and lifting very light weights. No more than 20 pounds.
After completing the 44 treatments, to treat the incontinence I started doing Kegel Exercises for Men, several times a day. I did approximately 500 a day. In doing so I was able to reduce my restroom trips from at least 5 times a night. Getting up about every 1.5 hours. I wasn't getting hardly any rest. After 6 weeks I had significantly strengthened my sphincter muscles and was getting up only once every 5 hours. That is where I am now.
Two weeks after completing radiation the bowel problem started going away. After a month it was completely gone.
Also after about 2 months my sexual life began to return to normal.
I continued my workouts, gradually increasing the intensity until I am about as intense as I was before the radiation.
I am also happy to report that my psa has dropped from a high of 10.5 to .5 and at the moment I am Cancer free.