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Hello everyone, I have been diagnosed with BPH about 3 months ago and still wearing a catherter since that time waiting for an HOLEP operation. I have tried CIC and failed, actually passed out in the nurse washroom fell on the concrete floor bangging my head and noze pretty bad.
I'm not even sure I need an operation, it all started 3 months ago when I felt ill, went to the ER and had my creatine level at 230, at first they didn't know why, then they did a bladder scan and had about 800ml of urine after void, I never had problem urinating, the flow was normal but I was going often and couldn't hold it in longer. After also an echo of the prostate, they told me it was very large and needed an operation. They prescribed me Flowmax (tamsulosin) but it did not do much.
I don't understand why they did not prescribe me the combo med, Flowmax is considered a a1 Alpha-blocker (helps relax the muscle around the urethra) and another popular drug a 5 alpha reductase inhibitor like Avadart (a dutasteride) that shrinks the prostate, there is also another drug called bethanechol chloride for detrusor muscle contraction for urinary retention, not sure if some of you men are aware of these drugs or tried it as a combo. It seems to me that urologist just wants to operate, they signed me up and make me wait but in the mean time we did not try these things.
In any case, this coming Monday, I'm going again for another prostate echo and tuesday I have another appointment with a second urologist for green light surgery.
Another thing I wanted to ask your men of BPH suffering, have you tried CTM ( chinese traditional medicine for BPH) according to them, they say that Urologist in our countries dont' understand the prostate and just want to destroy it, apparently they say that the prostate is calcinated and need to remove the heat and restore normal blood flow to shrink the prostate naturally, even ncbi gov sites did some research, herbs such as: Rou Gui (Cortex Cinnamomi) Huang Qi (Radix Astragali) and Chuan Shan Jia (Manis pentadactyla L.) (41.9%), Shu Di Huang (Radix Rehmanniae Perparata) (38.7%), Shan Zhu Yu (Fructus Corni) and Fu Ling (Poria) (32.3%), E Shu (Rhizoma Curcumae), Huang Bo (Cortex Phellodendri), Ze Xie (Rhizoma Alismatis) and Wang Bu Liu Xing (Semen Vaccariae) . Wondering if anyone ever tried these
I appreciate feedback from you all including my friends Ken and Jim
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