I was 40 years old when this all began. Diagnosed with prostate cancer, I found out by having my first digital examination. No big deal, 15 seconds of unpleasantness of a all in all pretty nice day. Afterwards I had blood work done. They test for my PSA level.
The results of the PSA came back high. The level was 4 nanograms, I had the prostate of a 75 year old man. After two biopsy, it was confirmed that I needed to have a Radical Prostectomy. Yes , it’s as bad as it sounds. 8 weeks out of work. Full Incontinence, and it goes with you saying sexual ED. It would be 8 monrhs until I could leave the house without a incontinence pad.
After those long 8 months I was back normal , my new normal I should say. Everthing was good accept I could not hold my urine for very long. Like, I’m talking , every hour and a half I would have to find a restroom . Plus, that urge would be accompanied by a stabbing pain in my pelvic area or grown area.
After seeing the doctor, and going through all types of test. Finally after figuring out that the Drs. had no clear and definite treatment for my problems. One doctor even said that the pain was all in my head.
I was adventualy prescribed Oxibutin. This worked pretty good, no side effects. I was able to sleep though the night. Also during the day the bathroom stops was greatly decreased. The only problem was the cost . With insurance it was costing me $35.00 per month. The problem was that I would run out and the symptoms would return . This is why I started looking for a alternative to Oxibutin.
Tips to regain your life.
1. Do kegel exercises. I was use to doing these from when I was in recovery you from my Prostectomy. To do the kangal exercises all you have to do is flex your groin muscles as if you were trying to stop the flow of urine. You should hold this for about 15 to 20 seconds and then relax. The great thing about doing kegel exercises is that you can do them anywhere and no one knows that you’re doing them. Or you can do this more advanced move by laying on your back and arching your back upward while flexing your buttocks muscles.
2. Bladder training, set goals for yourself to not go to the bathroom at the first signs of bladder signals. Extend the length of time between your restroom breaks. I’m up to 3 hour or more.
3. Pumpkin Seeds, In my search for a OAB cure I came across a article on pumpkin seeds. It sounded a little far fetch. I tried it and low and behold , it worked. Now I’m using pumpkin seed exact oil. I put a 2 tablespoons in my oatmeal every morning.
4. Ibuprofen is my secret weapon against OAB. That’s right , plain generic over the counter lbuprofen. I take 2 ibuprofen tablets once a day. No side effects that I can tell. I have read that some people have experienced problems not being able to empty their bladder. I have not had any such problems.
In fact by following this regiment I sleep 6 to 8 hours straight through the night. No more waking up 3 and 4 times a night. My life has been improved 10 fold. I can go to the movies with out having to excuse myself for bathroom breaks. I recently went on a bus tour through northern Italy and I was able to go to use normal interval restroom breaks.
So in conclusion, I would say if you’re suffering from OAB, I would simply follow these four steps to take your life back. Don’t just resolve to bear this pain and suffering and inconvenience for the rest of your life. Take charge of your life, make these changes and start living your best life. If anyone has any questions please feel free to leave a comment or even your own tips for overactive bladder syndrome.