I had a PSA done annually since I was 49 years old...always in a good range. 2006 reading was 1.8.
One week prior to the date scheduled for my 2007 physical, I started having drops of blood at the end of my urine stream. Urologist said I had a prostate infection, prescribed antibiotics and the symptoms went away in 4 days...but I continued antibiotics for 3 weeks.
After completing antibiotics, I had my physical and the PSA came back at 9. Doc said not to worry, as it was likely due to inflammation remaining from the infection.
Retested one month later....still 9....more antibiotics from the urologist...he and my family practice guy still thought it was infection related. 3 1/2 weeks later the PSA was 14....a rise of 5 points. I almost fainted when the urologist told me that number.
Biopsy was the next day, and while I held out hope for it to be lingering effects of infection, my gut told me differently.
Doc called a few days later, at a time when my wife had 6-8 of her friends in our house. I took the call in another part of the house. It was a tough, tough call to take...
Took a walk alone, then when my wife's friends left the house an hour or so later, I informed her of the news....still somewhat in shock.
We had scheduled a small cookout at our home that weekend, knowing that I might find out bad news a few days before. We had the cookout with 3 of our couple friends, talked openly of my situation but did not let it dominate the evening. I told my wife that whatever lay ahead, I would not stop living and enjoying my friends and family.
Nerve-sparing, open prostate surgery November 13, 2007
Gleason score 9, PSA 14
Biopsy result - 9 of 12 sticks showed cancer
Despite high Gleason score, cancer was confined to the prostate
Possible post-surgery radiation therapy...decision likely in late April 2008, depending upon PSA at that time
Unrelated surgery January 2008 delayed incontinence recovery, which is now showing good signs of improvement (fraction of a pad a day as of March 2008)
Began using Viagra 3 times a week December 2007 to stimulate blood flow
Began using Osbon Erec-Aid Esteem manual pump for therapy mid-February 2008
Will probably begin using bimix injections in addition to Viagra and pump in May 2008
Post Edited (DanmanBob) : 3/25/2008 5:16:45 PM (GMT-6)