Good morning all.
I had my seed implant (66 palladium 103 pellets) on February 1. Removed catheter two days later per instructions. I hate catheters. Took the scheduled meds as directed (antibiotic for 7 days, ibuprofen as needed, still on flomax daily).
After catheter removal, urination seemed normal, clear, and with just a slight burning.
But two days ago (one week after implant) I noticed a distinct reduction in urine flow. I can still urinate, but the stream is much weaker than before the implant, and "emptying" takes longer. I understand it's due to the radiation effects on the prostate. Once urination starts it keeps going until I'm empty; no stops and starts.
But of course I'm worried that it's a "warning" of impending doom (i.e. eventual inability to urinate).
I'm still taking .4mg Flomax capsule daily.
I have to admit, other than this slow urination, I don't feel any negative effects at all, other than a slight tension in my lower abdomen.
Has anyone else experienced this urinary "slow down"? My doctor says it's normal, but of course I'm concerned it might get worse. This has been about the same for three days now. I can certainly live with it like it is, but the psychological "worry" of a possible 3 a.m. race to the ER keeps me on edge.
I realize every guy is different, but would appreciate hearing how others have experienced and dealt with this after seed implant.
To worry, or not to worry. That is the question.
Tom in CT
(original diagnosis October 10: T1c, Gleason 3+3, PSA 4.8, 4 of 12 positive samples.)