Been awhile since I posted here. My prostate cancer is still busily building up speed, as my last
PSA test nearly tripled in just 3 months, and I have already been through surgery and radiation.
My oncologist is still great in the pain control department. Still on Fentanyl patches for the main pain, and still taking 5-8 Loratab 10/500 pills for breakthrough pain.
I have added severe lower back pain to my existing pain areas in the past 3 months, and it has been getting progressively worse. Underwent extensive MRI' scans a week or so ago, and a spot has shown up on my lower spine. Believe it is at the L3 & L4 portion. (Not good with spine anatomy, sorry). Dr. doesn't think its of the degenerative nature, as this spot wasn't there in the July 2011 scans. It's possible that it may be evidence of bone metastisis taking place. The scans are currently getting a 2nd opinion, still awaiting results.
The doctor recently added a nerve med, the script version of neurotin (not sure how to spell), but after taking it for 6 days, going to stop it. Been making me feel very agitated, moody - not like me, having dizzy spells, nausea, stomach cramps, and diarhea. Was on it about 10 years ago, and did the same thing to me then.
The best med help the doctor did for me, was changing the fentanyl patch up to 50 micrograms, and having me switch it every 48 hours instead of 72. Before, every 3rd day, I was having a major pain day.
And for some reason, at my local CVS drug store, its cheaper for me to buy 15 patches at a time, then to buy 10. Why?
At this point, keeping the pain under control is the top priority. On the cancer front, there's still talk of using chemo to shock the cancer, hopefully into some kind of remission.
Will keep better posted in the future. I spend a lot of on-line time at the HW Prostate Cancer community of course, but I care about my fellow/lady pain suffers as well.
My best wishes to one and all,
David in SC