Hello Back Wiggy-Ann (like that name btw). Some doctors are full of themselves, some think they really are gods, and some are like game show hosts. I prefer the more sober doctors, perhaps dry humor, but ones that really listen to their patients. I am fortunate to have good doctors in my arsenel where I live, and it would make me reluctant to want to move out of their reach.
Pain is a very subjective thing. I would never judge another persons pain or fear level. A pain level of 2 to someone else might really be a 6 to them. A good doctor will be in tune to that with his/her patients in my opinion. If anything, they may do more for pain, not less, that has been my experience thus far.
There are too many stories here about
pain levels, fear factors, and general anxiety about
prostate biopsies. I had 3, all of them scary but bearable, another brother has had 13, and some struggle under great stress to have just one. Again, a good doctor can take the fear and the pain out of the equation, the tools and meds are there for that purpose.
I wish more doctors would tune into places like this, and actually listen to what patients are saying.
If I had the kind of dr. that was described by you above, I wouldn't be seeing him any more, thats for sure.
Thanks for the post,
David in SC
56, 56 at DX, PSA
7/7 5.8, 7/8 12.3
3rd Biopsy 9/8 Positive 7 of 7 cores pos, 40-90%, Gleason 7
Open RP surgery 11/14/8, Right nerves saved, 4 days hospital, staples out 11/24/8, 5th cath out on 1/19/9
Post-surgery Pathlogy Report:Gleason 3+4=7, pT2c, 42 grm, tumor 20%, Contained in capsular, clear margins, clear lymph nodes
First PSA Post Surgery 2/9 .05