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I know some of you guys like to have women massage your Prostate, but that's not what this is about.  Most of us  probably know that as we men age, the Prostate begins to enlarge, interfering and effecting going urination.  Frequent trips to the bathroom, and especially getting up at night several times to urinate.  Some men  simply choose to live with the problem.  Some choose medication, and some choose Heat Based Therapies.    Many men have Prostate surgery, maybe to remove part or all of the prostate..  Some men  have tradition surgery to remove the prostate, and some men have laser surgery, removing only the portion of the prostate that hinders the urethra and the flow of urine..  The Prostate enlarges and lays on top of the urethra. effecting urination in a number of ways.  Of course I'm not a doctor, even though I play one on TV ^_^, so if there are and doctors out there that want to chime in and add to  or correct anything I might be saying. feel free.  There's a procedure called  "Cystourethroscopy' where a fiber optic, thin telescope like tube with a light & a tiny camera is inserted through the urethra, to view the urethra, the bladder, and the prostate.  I like to say that it's kind of the opposite of a "Colonoscopy".  Any-e-way, a few years ago I need to have a "Cystourethroscopy" done, but I continually put if off because obviously having something put through my penis :fat_face_no: , to view my Prostate was not a pleasant thought.  But going to the bathroom a kilzillion times throughout the day and night, takes it's toll.  Medication didn't work for me, so I finally had the procedure.  Don't know why I waited so long.!!

 

I had been told, and also read that it doesn't hurt, and that you really don't feel anything, and that the fear of having it done was all psychological.  Turned out to be true.  The doctor squirted an anesthetic into my penis.  A few minutes later it began.  As he started, he said "I'm inside you", but I was also watching what he was doing on a monitor.  I could see this fiber optic thingy inside my penis, but I didn't really  feel anything.  Then when he got to my Prostate he said, "it's gonna burn a little", which it did. but it didn't hurt.  Just a very mild discomfort.  The entire procedure lasted about 2 or 3 minutes..  No problems with my urethra, no bladder or Prostate cancer, just a normal enlarged Prostate  So very tired of always having to pee, I've decide to have a new procedure done called "Urolift".  No medications, no heating, no cutting or removing tissue.  Once again it's done through the urethra.  "The doctor places small, permanent implants into the Prostate to lift and hold the enlarged tissue out of the way, relieving pressure on the urethra and allowing urine to flow".   It's minimally invasive and straight forward, with less down time.  It's kind of like a freeway going under an overpass.  The urethra being the freeway, and the Urolift creating the overpass.  "Minimally invasive.  Rapid relief with low risk.  No risk to sexual function.  No complication like dizziness, headaches, or lack of energy (asthenia), and does not cause stress urinary incontinence like other procedures..  Can be preformed in the office, typically no catheter required after the procedure, and no medication required to sustain relief".   A quick return to normal activities..   I plan to have the Urolift done in about a month.

 

Just some info that some of you guy might be interested in, or might want to look into.    ***PSA***

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Blazers

I had the Cystourethroscopy done about 2 months ago.  Was weird looking at the monitor while he was doing the procedure.  No issues but prostate slightly enlarged.   On Flomax now and no more issues.  Was peeing 6-10 times a day before and now about 2, depending on the amount of fluids I have consumed.  Let me know how the Urolift goes.

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I haven't come upon any real negatives during my questioning and research, but the procedure is only a couple of years old, so there is no  long term research or knowledge.  My only concern at the moment is if the Prostate continues to grow, and is restricted by the implant materials  (stainless steal implants lifting and holding the Prostate).  I have read that the implants can be removed, and done again.  For me, at the moment I'm thinking that if for some reason the implants had to be removed, I'd probably have the laser surgery, and have the portion of tissue removed that the implants were designed to lift & hold. 

 

6-10 times a day.  You were lucky.  Sometimes I pee once an hour, and on a bad night I could  easily be up 4 or 5 times.   But I do consume a very large amount of fluids, all throughout the day & at night.  Just can't seem to cut back on those flavored carbonated waters, or stop drinking them early in the evening.

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50 minutes ago, smoothburnn said:

I haven't come upon any real negatives during my questioning and research, but the procedure is only a couple of years old, so there is no  long term research or knowledge.  My only concern at the moment is if the Prostate continues to grow, and is restricted by the implant materials  (stainless steal implants lifting and holding the Prostate).  I have read that the implants can be removed, and done again.  For me, at the moment I'm thinking that if for some reason the implants had to be removed, I'd probably have the laser surgery, and have the portion of tissue removed that the implants were designed to lift & hold. 

 

6-10 times a day.  You were lucky.  Sometimes I pee once an hour, and on a bad night I could  easily be up 4 or 5 times.   But I do consume a very large amount of fluids, all throughout the day & at night.  Just can't seem to cut back on those flavored carbonated waters, or stop drinking them early in the evening.

My issue was caffeine.  Too much coffee and your urethra expands and you feel like you have to pee all day.  I now have a cup or two a day max.

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soulcal

I'm curious to this topic for the simple reason that I am getting older, like my coffee in the morning and beers with a favorita.  Yet at the same time I know it's time to slow down and relax and pretty sure my civie will understand.  In any case, time for a blood check for me with of course the PSA.

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smoothburnn
4 hours ago, soulcal said:

I'm curious to this topic for the simple reason that I am getting older, like my coffee in the morning and beers with a favorita.  Yet at the same time I know it's time to slow down and relax and pretty sure my civie will understand.  In any case, time for a blood check for me with of course the PSA.

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You are talking about the Prostate-Specific Antigen, and not the Public Service Announcement, aren't you mi amigo :bald_head: :facepalm:

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soulcal
3 hours ago, smoothburnn said:

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You are talking about the Prostate-Specific Antigen, and not the Public Service Announcement, aren't you mi amigo :bald_head: :facepalm:

Same thing no?  Medical terms are hard! 

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Carlafan

Saw Palmetto works real good for me. I have night issues-3/4 times a night-but I also drink a lot of fluids. 

I've looked up Nocturia and maybe I have that...I dunno.

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On 8/14/2018 at 3:58 PM, Anon.nomus said:

Since this is in the TJ healthcare section, have you had anything done in TJ?

 

No, I haven't had anything done in TJ.  Originally I posted this in the "Other Topics" section of "Other Things of Interest", specifically because it had nothing to do with TJ,  and I couldn't find another section that I thought was appropriate.  The "Mods" moved it to this section I believe because it has to do with "Healthcare".    I haven't had The "Urolift" procedure done yet, for the simple reason that I'm still working on being comfortable with someone other than My Girl, or a "Chica":P messing around with my shit down there.  My doctor referred me to a specialist outside of my HMO.  The procedure was approved to be performed between mid July to mid October.  I've dragged my feet regarding getting into the correct Mindset, so I'm gonna have to get the Authorization Approval extended.  I'm retiring in February, and want to have it done before then

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smoothburnn
1 hour ago, Carlafan said:

Saw Palmetto works real good for me. I have night issues-3/4 times a night-but I also drink a lot of fluids. 

I've looked up Nocturia and maybe I have that...I dunno.

 

 

Talk to your doctor.  Nocturia is often simply a sympton of an Enlarged Prostate, which of course  most all men have to deal with as we age.  But I believe it can be caused by other health issues.  I too drink a lot of fluids (non alcohol) well into the night.  I need to make a more serious effort to stop drinking fluids earlier in the evening.  Water is about the only thing I really drink (natural & carbonated), other than the Tequila that I drink when in TJ.  But I don't know how much it would help to stop drinking fluids earlier in the evening, because so far I haven't been able to.  Talk to your doctor so you "Know" rather than Assuming, Guessing, or counting on the Internet for a Diagnosis.  JMO

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I noticed my pee flow was gradually getting strained and the gush was getting weaker.  So I went to the Dr,  he stated he needed to check my prostate.  Dang!  bad !  He inserted a finger in my ass and examined my prostate.  That is what your in for folks if you get one of these middle age issues. Luckily the enlargement turned out moderate and so I could get away either with Flomax or yes, with Cialis.  I had him order Cialis for it and I had my Medical pay for most of it.  That was 2 years ago.  If Cialis was ordered for ED they would not pay a cent,  because it was ordered for BPH they cover 75% of the cost.  Now Tadalafil is so cheap I don't even care for their assistance. Today I bought 120 pieces or 5mg for $45 from Costco. When I got to tj I take the 5mg every day and load up, when at home I take 1 5mg tablet every 3 days for BPH.

You guys pointed out the frequency of  urination, I like to add the strained flow of the urine too.  Also one of the serious dangers fo BPH is that it could affect your kendeys.  When the urine already in the bladder doesn't get away in time, the part your kidneys want to pour into the bladder backs up hence impeding them to function correctly and ultimately get injured.

One thing I know is that the prostate will not stop growing in most men who have the issue to start with, it is like growing bold.  Some men keep their full head of hear untill well into the advanced ages,  most others go through some level of boldness that continues throughout life.  BPH is the the same thing. 

This a pro Keto diet Medical doctor argues limiting your blood sugar through diet can prevent and even reverse BPH.

 

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I am a mechanical Engineer by schooling, why not they insert tube made of something rigid inside (outside) of the urethra that passes under the prostate.  Bam! problem solved.

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DavezPlace
48 minutes ago, Dulla said:

I am a mechanical Engineer by schooling, why not they insert tube made of something rigid inside (outside) of the urethra that passes under the prostate.  Bam! problem solved.

 

Having just had a Cystoscopy (camera is passed through the urethra into the bladder) I suggest having this done just to avoid taking a pill is a really bad idea.

 

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UroLift guys.   Do some research and check it out .  I had a Cystoscope done a couple of years ago .  It was nowhere as bad as I had imagined it would be .  There was no pain, and it was slightly uncomfortable for about 3 or 4 seconds.   After it was over, I realized that it was no biggie, and I was concerned about it and had avoided it for , no reason.   If you have prostate issues, minus cancer of the prostate, check out The UroLift procedure , vs meds and surgery .  Educate yourself and know all your options 

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59 minutes ago, smoothburnn said:

UroLift guys.   Do some research and check it out .  I had a Cystoscope done a couple of years ago .  It was nowhere as bad as I had imagined it would be .  There was no pain, and it was slightly uncomfortable for about 3 or 4 seconds.   After it was over, I realized that it was no biggie, and I was concerned about it and had avoided it for , no reason.   If you have prostate issues, minus cancer of the prostate, check out The UroLift procedure , vs meds and surgery .  Educate yourself and know all your options 

Did it improve the condition for you? in what way?  Any effect on your semen volume?  Is it a one time procedure or needs a repeat.  I am interested on your experience and I will read about it further.

Also, what do yoiu mean here " I had a Cystoscope done a couple of years ago .  It was nowhere as bad as I had imagined it would be "  are you saying Cystoscope is not bad? or UroLift  is not bad compared to Cystoscope ?

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1 hour ago, DavezPlace said:

Having just had a Cystoscopy (camera is passed through the urethra into the bladder) I suggest having this done just to avoid taking a pill is a really bad idea.

I don't understand what you trying to say.  Cystoscopy is a check up procedure not a treatment.

This statement I don't understand. "I suggest having this done just to avoid taking a pill is a really bad idea."

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 I still have yet to have the UroLift procedure done.  Some scheduling problems arose, and I had to postpone .  Then a series of life events took place that interfered with me rescheduling.  I have an appointment with my Doctor later today to get things back on track .  From all that I have learned , the UroLift procedure seems to be the best solution for me.   No surgery ( no cutting no tissue removal, no interference with sexual function ).  I think anyone having prostate issues should at least look into the UroLift.

The Cystoscopy was no biggie for me.  I avoided it for a couple of years, thinking it was going to be a “Horrendous” experience, but it turned out to really be nothing .  No pain what so ever .  I could feel it , and I watched as it was being done , but for me it was really nothing at all.  About 3 or 4 seconds of uncomfortable pressure just before the procedure ended.  I wouldn’t have a problem at all doing it again , if needed.   I like the idea of the UroLift because I just can’t give up Sex.  It’s to much a part of me, & medication has done nothing for me , regarding my prostate issues .  I could just live with having to piss all the time, but there are times when it’s seriously inconvenient..  After you check out the “UroLift” procedure, let me know what you think ( PM ).

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tallmonger

I'll have to look into the UroLift. I'm probably going to need it at some point, as I get older, I think. Thanks for the health info! (this board is a WEALTH of information!! :)

I've had the cystoscopy done before, but in my case, it was for kidney stones. I've had 3-4 stones to date (one this week; more on that in a second), and in the case of the second one, it refused to come down into my urethra. I have a very narrow urethra, so passing stones is a problem, and an enlarged prostate doesn't make it any easier. The same pressure on the urethra from an enlarged prostate can hold or delay a stone from coming all the way out. So, they had to go get it. In that instance, they knocked me out because (a) I wasn't thrilled about them sending a camera and grabber thingy up my chute, and (b) they might have had to chip away at it until it broke into little pieces.

:wtf2:

I wasn't up for that, so the put me under general anesthesia. As it turned out, they got up to the stone, found it, and were able to grab it and pull it back down. Now the problem with this approach is that it inflames the urethra and everything else in the path, so they have to install a stint, going from the bladder (center of bladder) out the end of your penis. Think of it as a long flex tube about 18" in length, and it becomes an autobahn for pee. YES, it's worse than it sounds. :) When you have to pee with this thing in, you literally feel your bladder spinning up, clenching down on the tube, preparing to send that hot urine down the stint, and it hurts like all getout, and then bloody pee just shoots out the hose while you scream. Yes, it's that bad. They recommend peeing this way into the sink, as very few men can do this while sitting down or standing over a bowl. They are right, by the way... ¬¬

Anyhow, they keep that stint in for a day or three to let the swelling stop and blood to clear out, and then they pull it out. Literally, the the nurse gets down between my legs, grabs a hold of my penis with one hand, and the end of the hose with the other, and says "Ready??!", grinning like she's about to pull-start a lawnmower. I laughed, thinking she was kidding around, but damn no, she fucking pulled that thing out with one steady, non-stop motion while I climbed the wall. I about lost my marbles! But once it's out, all is good again and you walk to the car, cradling your poor abused cocklet, and wondering how the heck you won the "become a male!" lottery.

Back to today. I've been working on a kidney stone for about a month now, feeling it move here and there, and hurting like damn-all on two occasions (sent me to the ER) about two weeks ago. Now, here's where I get back to the topic thread... I decided to read up on ways to improve the chances of passing a stone naturally. I did NOT want them to go back in for the stone again, and this one was supposedly 7mm-10mm in length. Doc put me on Flomax about 5-6 years ago, and I knew that would help, so I started working "the system" for the past week or so in an effort to improve my chances of passing it. This last week, I could feel that the stone was in my penis somewhere (it hurt every time I squeezed it), so I jacked off a couple of times (ejaculation is much more forceful than peeing), took my Flomax earlier than expected, and drank lots of water and cranberry juice. Lo and behold, as I was sitting on the john, straining my pee (in my burning pain, I might add), a stone popped into the strainer! It instantly felt better, and I was super excited. Then I checked the strainer and found a GIANT stone. 10mm long, 5mm high. I mean, this thing was almost half an inch long! I still cannot believe that I passed the fucker. Even my doctor was amazed and said it was one of the bigger stones he'd seen passed. All is well now, and I'm back to normal.

I should be a Proud Papa, I guess... :)

The moral of the story is: don't neglect your prostate! If you're having problems peeing, get it checked out, and get on Flomax and/or Cialis. You'll need to be on it a while before it starts to kick in, but life will be better. And if you are prone to kidney stones, or think you might get one, you need to do this way before you start passing a stone. And maybe check into the UroLift too. All of these things will make for better pissing, easier passing of stones, and less trips to the bathroom. Enjoy!

(Picture of my 10mm stone is available, if anyone has the balls interest to see it....)   :shocking:

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53 minutes ago, tallmonger said:

 Thanks for the health info! (this board is a WEALTH of information!! :)

Including your posts, this one and the others.  Right on brother. 

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1 hour ago, tallmonger said:

this board is a WEALTH of information!! :)

hang around a while...........wait till the gall bladder thread kicks in........:penguin03:

 

 

ooopppsssss............lol...

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1 hour ago, tallmonger said:

 

(Picture of my 10mm stone is available, if anyone has the balls interest to see it....)   :shocking:

post the pic in the Funny Pic Thread.........

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c-diddy

This thread is helpful, I piss a bunch of times per night as well and have to decrease consumption of liquids in the afternoon to keep from disturbing my sleep. 

Anybody know the costs of this procedure?  I have insurance but do not know the duductable.  

 

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smoothburnn
1 hour ago, c-diddy said:

 

Anybody know the costs of this procedure?  I have insurance but do not know the duductable.  

:dunno:  I have Kaiser with 100% coverage and no deductible, so my cost is zero .  But my urologist for this procedure is not part of the Kaiser network, so they approved a referral for me to see him.    Sorry I can’t help regarding an idea of the cost.  But definitely school yourself regarding the “UroLift”

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