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Basically, this post is about differences between what I was led to believe about recovery and my experience. I understand that others have had better or worse experiences, but this post was prompted by what my doctor told me today. Today, he told me that my experience is average and expected. But, in fact, it has been a lot worse than I was led to believe before and even just after the surgery.
On-line it said that some men don't need a catheter or have one for 24 hours. My doc uses it every time and for 48 hours min.
"Return to usual activities in 2 or 3 days". I have too much urgency, frequency, pain and intermittent fatigue after 3 weeks.
"Return to full strenuous activity after two weeks". Today is three weeks and my doctor is now talking 4 1/2 to 5 weeks.
Same for sex.
"mild burning at the end of urination at the tip of your penis". No. severe pain for two weeks throughout urination with an extra zing at the end. Is better in third week.
"bleeding" no kidding. today I peed a cup of brown, bloody urine. Doctor: "that's not much blood at all!".
"catheter doesn't hurt, but it's a nuisance". It hurt and it was very unpleasant.
No mention of fatigure. Today doctor said I may have fatigue for up to 3 months due to the general anesthesia.
"stream improves immediately" No. it took a week to improve at all. It is better now.
Doctor predicts it will all be good at 3 months. We'll see. He keeps underestimating the problems.
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