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Date Joined Oct 2009
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   Posted 10/21/2009 6:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I posted a bit of this in another part here. Sometimes illness and a disorder come to a crossroads and cause a mighty wreck.

I'm recovering from a radical prostatectomy because of a cancer diagnosis.

I suppose today is the start of the long road wondering and waiting.

I think I've been very lucky so far. If getting this is lucky at all.

Wife, who is a nurse at the Uro clinic and dragged me to the screening pulled the catheter this AM. I had a small drip when I stood up about 15 minutes later. I passed blood and clots. I only wore two incontinence pads yesterday and only changed the first one because of the blood stains and initial moistness.

Today, one pad all day. My bladder gets about half full and I go. I manage to go two hours now until I have to go. When I get out of the car and have to spread my weight I drip a bit. Or when I yell at my dogs.

Stress incontinence I guess is what it is called. The surgeon is ecstatic that recovery is going so well.

I read guys stories on here in the prostate cancer forum, and compare stage from my biopsy and keep on thinking Elvis has left the building and it's just a matter of time before they find him. It will be three months before my first post-op PSA. With my history of chronic prostate inflammation and the 3.5 PSA I don't believe they will find anything then. But I still think about it. With capsule and perinueral invasion I just keep thinking something got out.

I've been pretty upbeat over the whole ordeal but now feel depressed. I don't know if this is natural or it is my bi-polar acting up. I'd really thought I had that disorder beat and was enjoying life for the first time in 40 years. Then this.

Manic depression teaches the afflicted to always look over your shoulder for the next bout of misery.

So I'm not sure what is going on. I know that I feel so helpless just waiting.

I am depressed.

55 yo
DRE: Susp
PSA: 3.5
Gleason: 3+4/7
6/12 Cores Positive; Sextants were 1%, 3%, 8%, 15%, 12%, 0%
RALP: 10/10/09
Margins: Clear
Lymph Nodes: Clear
Seminal Vesicles: Clear
Gleason: No increase from biopsy 3+4/7
Some perineural and capsule invasion.

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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 553
   Posted 10/22/2009 5:52 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm sorry that you are not feeling well. I'm not doing so great myself. I agree that a medical setback (or just a prolonged slog through a medical problem) can trigger a depressive swing. I have found that pain and pain treatment trigger depressive swings.
Even though I do not understand where I am going on the path that God has laid out for me, I must submit to His plan and trust that He will take me where I need to be. 
Current medications:
Bipolar treatment-Lamictal, 200mg, Mood stabelizer, daily(main side effect: brain fog) Bipolar treatment-Cymbalta, 40mg, Antidepressant, daily(main side effect: GI upset, decreased clotting, insominia) Anemia, Fatigue treatment- Iron supplement, 65mg, daily(main side effect: constipation) Insominia treatment- Ambien, 10mg, daily(main side effect: amnesia eppisodes between taking pill and falling asleep) Mania treatment- Alprazolam, .25mg, Very rarely(main side effect: fatigue, slowing of thoughts, depression of CNS, can't take ambien or vicodin when on it) RA treatment- Plaquenil, 400mg, daily(main side effect: GI upset, decreased clotting) RA treatment- Methotrexate, 25mg, 1X weekly(main side effects: hair loss, stomach upset, mouth sores, sore muscles, fatigue, brain fog, compromised immune system, decreased Folic Acid absorption) GI upset treatment- Leucovorin Calcium, 10mg 1x weekly(main side effects: ?) Folic Acid defintioncy- Folic Acid, 1mg, daily(main side effects: ?) Multi-mineral Supplement (main side effects: constipation, GI upset) Constipation treatment- Docusate Sodium, 200mg, daily(main side effects:?) pain control- Motrin, 800mg, PRN Q6hours daily(main side effects: GI upset, decreased clotting) Pain Control- Vicodin, 5-500mg, PRN Q12hours 3-4 times weekly (main side effects: brain fog, fatigue)

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