Radiation and constipation

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   Posted 1/29/2008 8:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Going on my forth week now and things are going well except for constipation.  I was wondering if anyone else experinced this with IMRT?  I did change my diet because the doctor said I would likely have issues with dirreaha but I seem to be having the opposite reaction.  Anyway, I am going back to my old diet which is heavy on fiber, can't handle this bloated feeling.
DX 8/05 Gleason 5, Mayo clinic Second Opinion Gleason 6, PSA 2.8
Da Vinci surgery Dr. Dasari, Centennial Nashville 9/24/05
Pathology Report Gleason 6, 15 % on left side only very near to the edge of capsule, too close to call on margins, doc's said to watch it very closely, final decision T2A
PSA's have basically ranged from <.04 to .05 for two years.
no E.D. and no Incontinence, feel very blessed
PSA Nov 07 = .06
PSA Dec 10th 07 =.07
Started Guided IMRT on January 7th, 2008 to treat prostate bed and lymph nodes

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Date Joined Jan 2008
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   Posted 1/29/2008 12:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm still battling it 6 weeks after surgery so I know about the uncomfortable feeling. The Duclox(sp?) laxitive works well for me but then you are starting all over again. Stool softners can help. I find myself taking the maximum listed on the over the counter ones.

A friend of mine went through treatments in the same area, like you and she said it was always a constant problem. Diet, lots of water and walking if you can. That friend of mine laughs about it now and I'm sure you will too.

I wish i could remember the stuff she told me about and it was the same stuff I was given for presurgery. It was fissey tasting stuff like it was carbonated and was not as bad as that fleet stuff. Got it at CVS.

12/06/07 DaVinci and LRP

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