Have taken all the meds avaiable to no avail

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Today my urologist said that prostate is enlarged but not large enough to try any treatment other then meds. and since I have tried al of the know meds there is nothing more to do.  I get up every 4 hours at night and it has destroyed my sleep, I will just have to be careful about dinking anything after 6 pm I suppose.

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    I've read the previous comments.  Have you had a sleep study?.  Urologists that are being trained today should know that sleep disturbance can cause a person to wake.   They lie there, feel a slight urge and decide that they were awakened by the need to pee, when in fact, they were awakened by sleep disturbance.   Older urologists were not taught this in med school and their internship, and they may be prone to discount this possibility.

    I have a good friend who was waking often during the night, and he consulted a new urologist who was fairly young.   He prescribed a low level sleep medication, and now he sleeps through the night.

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    Lew, ask your urologist, that you want to try self-cathing.  With an empty bladder, you will sleep through the night with no problem.  If that doesn't help, I saw a video where a person got more restful sleep after turning off the wi-fi and cordless phone in his bedroom.  Some folks are sensitive to EMF {electro magnetic frequency}.  Good luck!

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      Self cathing only helps if you have retention. Do you know if you have retention ? Another option is to increase you med dosage. What are you currently taking ?

      Also, how much do you pee each time at night ? Hank

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      I dont know if I have retention, I had been taking 5 mg of Cialis abd it helped for a while but then something made go many times one night so I stopped taking it, not sure if it was the Cialis?

      I pee 3 to 4 times a night.

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      "That would be painful and difficult and I cant do that"

      Um, Lew...  You have tried it and know that it is "painful and difficult?"  Or...?

      I am not a masochist, and have been cathing mostly since August of 2014, meaning THOUSANDS of times.  Not painful in my experience, and not difficult after a very short learning time.  

      You say, "It has destroyed my sleep."  Most of us understand the concept.  I wouls suggest, humbly, that you consider whether FEAR is keeping you from considering a choice that has given many of us restful, sleep-filled nights.   FEAR is a sucky friend to keep close to you at any time, but especially as we age.

      Just sayin'...

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      Cialis doesn't help many people (myself included) other than giving us better erection. If you don't mind RE possibility, try Doxazosin. It comes with different dosages, 2, 4, and 8mg. You can start out low and go up slowly.

      You should find out about retention. It's a very good possibility. Like cartoon said, CIC is not as scary as some people think. Hank

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      Self cathing will help but only if your bladder isn't emptying completely. If the problem is nocturia polyuria (excessive nightime urination) then CiC or surgery won't help.

      Jim

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      @lew "I don't know if I have retention"

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      Lou,

      In all due respect, you can't fix a problem until you know what the problem is. If you don't know if you have retention, then make finding out a priority before looking for answers. It's as simple as getting a bladder scan at your uro's office. You can also get some good info on what's causing you to get up at night by doing a simple void log I mentioned previously. Other than that, it's just guessing.

      Jim

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