Help With Managing Symptoms


Tips to Help Manage Fatigue

What is fatigue? Fatigue is a continuous feeling of physical, emotional, or mental tiredness that leaves you feeling exhausted. Fatigue can affect your ability to perform day-to-day activities and hobbies.

Ways to help manage fatigue:

  • Try to stay as active as you can. Go for a walk—anything that gets you moving. Talk to your doctor before starting an exercise plan

  • Try relaxation techniques, including deep breathing exercises, to help reduce stress

  • Keep your naps short (less than 30 minutes) and early in the day so they don’t interfere with nighttime sleep

  • Eat healthy foods and drink plenty of water to keep you hydrated

  • Keep track of how severe your fatigue is—when it started, how long it lasts, and any changes in how you’re feeling. Share these details with your doctor

Talk with your doctor about ways to help manage fatigue.

  • Erectile Dysfunction

    Tips to Help Manage Erectile Dysfunction

    What is erectile dysfunction (ED)? Erectile dysfunction is trouble getting or keeping an erection.

    Ways to help manage ED:

    • Prescription medications can help you get and maintain an erection

    • A penile implant, a device surgically placed inside the penis, can help you to get an erection

    • A vacuum-like pump placed over the penis can help to increase blood flow

    Maintaining an intimate relationship:

    • Have open and honest conversations with your spouse or partner and talk about all the ways you can be intimate together

    • Meet with a sexual health specialist. He or she may be able to help you find other ways to experience intimacy with your spouse or partner

    Talk with your doctor about ways to help manage ED.

  • Help with Managing Symptoms

    Frequent Urination

    Tips to Help Manage Incontinence

    What is incontinence? Incontinence is the loss of bladder control. Leaking is a common result.

    Ways to help manage incontinence:

    • Avoid alcoholic beverages, citrus juices, and drinks that are high in caffeine. These types of fluids can irritate the bladder and cause more frequent urination

    • Some prescription medications can help to relieve symptoms. Ask your doctor if prescription medication may help you

    • Surgical procedures may help some men

    • Try Kegel exercises

      • Talk with your doctor about the best way to do Kegel exercises and if they are right for you

      • Kegel exercises may help strengthen muscles called “pelvic floor muscles,” which support the bladder and bowel. A Kegel exercise is like pretending you have to urinate and then holding it

        • Make sure your bladder is empty, then sit or lie down

        • Tighten your pelvic floor muscles (these are the muscles that control urination)

        • Hold tight and count 3 to 5 seconds

        • Relax the muscles and count 3 to 5 seconds, then repeat

    Talk to your doctor about ways to help manage incontinence.

  • Bone Pain

    Tips to Help Manage Bone Pain

    What is bone pain? Bone pain is an aching in the bones. Treatment that lowers testosterone levels can cause bones to weaken, which can result in pain. When prostate cancer spreads to the bone, it can cause pain as well.

    Ways to help manage bone pain:

    • External radiation therapy

    • Pain medications

    Talk with your doctor about ways to help manage bone pain.

The health information contained on this website is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace discussions with a healthcare provider. All decisions regarding patient care must be made with a healthcare provider considering the unique characteristics of the patient.

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