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I realise some of your posts are 2-3 years old but I'm hoping to get some advice...so here goes
Like most of you here I'm at an age where a slightly enlarged prostate is starting to affect my life.
Up 4 times a night, slow flow etc.
From my research PAE may be the best place to start for the following reasons.
1 If I'm a suitable candidate it can be repeated if necessary
2 It wont interfere with future more invasive treatments at a later stage
3 Its minimally invasive
4 The danger of side effects (incontinence, dead dick) are greatly reduced.
5 General anaesthetic would be good if possible 😃
I'm 63, in good health, and work as a self employed private tutor.
I sit approx 2 feet from my students so urinary pads, catheters, leg bags, are out of the question.
I'll never get to retire so I have to work till I drop. But it's enjoyable low stress work that provides a solid income.
So minimally invasive is good!
I would like to travel next year and my current condition would make this tiresome and less enjoyable.
PSA is not elevated over my normal 3-4 year average, other cancer blood tests show no cancer markers, and ultrasound shows no problems other than slightly enlarged prostate protruding into the bladder.
My GP has put me on Tamsulosin which have helped a little with the slow flow at night. It does affect my gym workout however as my muscles feel a lot weaker. I would not like to be on this long term.
I notice that some of you are using supplements.....do they work? or is it placebo effect?
I'm on a serious campaign to lose 20 kilos (lost 6 so far) but I think weight reduction to ease a prostate problem is probably wishful thinking.
I am seeing a urologist next week to take investigate further and rule out cancer but am optimistic. I understand that other bladder ailments may also play a part...hence the urologist visit 1st.
An MRI should help.
I am 20 minutes from Liverpool hospital and depending on further tests with consider going down the PAE path. If my urologist is anti because not he's getting a cut (pun intended) then I will move straight to PAE for an evaluation.
From what most of you have reported I have little risk and everything to gain with PAE as a 1st intervention therapy.
What say you all?
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