Feeling warmer after surgery?

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Sleepless09
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   Posted 7/21/2009 9:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I've noticed that while I've always liked a cool room to sleep in, since my prostatectomy I seem to find what was cool before, now warm.
 
I want to turn the air conditioner up, my wife says it's freezing.
 
This is a total reversal of our usual positions on heating/cooling the house.
 
Is there any sort of hormonal response to the loss of a prostate that could account for my feeling warmer?  Not hot flushes, thank Heavens, but warmer.
 
Of course, all of this assumes I'm the one who has changed, not my wife.
 
I tried a search without any luck on this.  If anyone has a thought I'd be glad to hear it.
 
Sleepless, AKA  Sheldon  
 
 
Age 67 in Apil '09 at news of 4 of 12 cores positive T2B and Gleason 3 + 3 and 5% to 25% PSA 1.5
Re-read of slides in June said Gleason 3 + 4 same four cores 5% to 15%
June 29 daVinci prostatectomy, Dr. Eric Estey, at Royal Alexandra Hospital Edmonton one night stay
Flew home to Winnipeg on July 3 after 5 nights in Ramada Inn  ---  perfect recovery spot!
Catheter out July 9, so far, so good
Final pathology is 3 + 4 Gleason 7, clear margins, clear nodes, T2C, sugeron says report is "excellent"  


Steve n Dallas
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   Posted 7/22/2009 3:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Have you checked to see if you're running a fever?

Age 54   - 5'11"   205lbs
Overall Heath Condition - Good
PSA - July 2007 & Jan 2008 -> 1.3
Biopsy - 03/04/08 -> Gleason 6 
06/25/08 - Da Vinci robotic laparoscopy
05/14/09  - 4th Quarter PSA -> less then .01
Surgeon - Keith A. Waguespack, M.D.


jacketch
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   Posted 7/22/2009 4:00 AM (GMT -7)   
I had the same issue for a while and I think it was part of the process of healing after major surgery.
62yo
V10.46 Dx Feb-09
RRP 5-5-09
No adverse SE
PSA 6-19-09 -0-
 
Thriving, not just surviving!
 


Sleepless09
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   Posted 7/22/2009 6:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Steve --- good point, but I don't have a fever. Give my love to Dallas, great city!

Jacketch --- nice to know someone else has been in the same boat. It's not a major thing, but I probably want the bedroom one/two degrees "F" cooler than previously. Love your "Thriving, not just surviging!'
Age 67 in Apil '09 at news of 4 of 12 cores positive T2B and Gleason 3 + 3 and 5% to 25% PSA 1.5
Re-read of slides in June said Gleason 3 + 4 same four cores 5% to 15%
June 29 daVinci prostatectomy, Dr. Eric Estey, at Royal Alexandra Hospital Edmonton one night stay
Flew home to Winnipeg on July 3 after 5 nights in Ramada Inn  ---  perfect recovery spot!
Catheter out July 9, so far, so good
Final pathology is 3 + 4 Gleason 7, clear margins, clear nodes, T2C, sugeron says report is "excellent"  


Purgatory
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   Posted 7/22/2009 7:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Sleepness, i have a lifetime problem of feeling overheated constantly, so my wife and I have never agreed on tempertures. But I remember the first month after my open surgery, I felt cold all the time and it puzzled my wife to see me wanting blankets and sweaters. That passed, and now I am back to feeling hot all the time. Contrary bunch, aren't we.

David in SC
Age 57, 56 at DX, PSA 7/7 5.8, 7/8 12.3,9/8 14.5
3rd Biopsy Sept 08: Positive 7 of 7 cores, 40-90%, Gleason 7, 4+3
Open RP surgery 11/14/8, Right nerves spared, 4 days hospital, staples out 11/24/8, 5th cath out on 1/19/9
 Pathlogy Report:Gleason 3+4=7, pT2c, 42 grm, tumor 20%, Contained in capsule, one post. margin, clear lymph nodes 
2009 PSA   2/9 .05, 5/9 .10, 6/9 .11, 8/11 ?
Lastest 7/13 met with Rad. Oncl, considering options, 7/20 Catheter #6 after complete blockage, scarring closed up bladder neck, again
 
 


James C.
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   Posted 7/22/2009 8:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Yep, same situation for my after surgery. I suspect it's the combo of healing, surgery drugs lingering in the system, and hormonal changes from the body adapting to some small amounts of whatever chemicals that are missing from the organs removed. Mine tapered off after a year or so, but I still have an occassional 'hot flash'.
James C. Age 62
Co-Moderator- Prostate Cancer Forum
4/07 PSA 7.6, referred to Urologist, recheck 6.7
7/07 Biopsy: 3 of 16 PCa, 5% involved, left lobe, GS 3/3=6
9/07 Nerve sparing open RRP 110cc.- Path Report: GS 3+3=6 Stg. pT2c, 110gms, margins clear
21 mts: ED- 50 mg Viagra 3X week, pump daily,Trimix .35ml 2X week continues
PSA's: .04 each 3 months


Timmy77
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   Posted 7/22/2009 8:41 PM (GMT -7)   
This is weird But I have been having the same symptoms myself it has been 5 weeks since my surgery but I find myself asking my wife if she seems warm and she is covering up and I am uncovering to which my daughter is horrified . dad put your shirt on she says. It must be something with the chemical changes in our body since the surgery chemicals should be out by now shouldn't they?
Timmy
48 yrs old
Robotic RP
6-15 2009
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Sleepless09
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   Posted 7/22/2009 8:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone.

This isn't a big deal, as deals in this forum go, that's for sure, but when my wife suggested she just put the ice cream on the headboard to keep it frozen I promised I'd ask the group.

So, now I've got my answer: "Sorry dear. No one has ever heard of anything like this --- I'm fine, it's you who is having hot/cold issues again!"

Lord, I hate myself sometimes.

Sheldon AKA Sleepless (but doing better if the air conditioner is running full blast)
Age 67 in Apil '09 at news of 4 of 12 cores positive T2B and Gleason 3 + 3 and 5% to 25% PSA 1.5
Re-read of slides in June said Gleason 3 + 4 same four cores 5% to 15%
June 29 daVinci prostatectomy, Dr. Eric Estey, at Royal Alexandra Hospital Edmonton one night stay
Flew home to Winnipeg on July 3 after 5 nights in Ramada Inn  ---  perfect recovery spot!
Catheter out July 9, so far, so good
Final pathology is 3 + 4 Gleason 7, clear margins, clear nodes, T2C, sugeron says report is "excellent"  


Tony Crispino
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   Posted 7/23/2009 5:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Surgery did not cause this issue for me, but hormone therapy sure did. Out of curiousity, has your testosterone levels been checked? Low T levels can absolutely cause chronic flashes. I am very experienced there. In fact I keep one side of the house cooler than the other just for this reason. It's ok though. The side I keep cool is the kitchen, and office. Both are my territory anyway...;-)

Tony
 Age 47 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8 : Surgery at The City of Hope on February 16, 2007
Geason 4+3=7, Stage pT3b, N0, Mx
Positive Margins (PM), Extra Prostatic Extension (EPE) : Bilateral Seminal vesicle invasion (SVI)
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg (2 Year ADT)
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
Current PSA (May 11, 2009): <0.1
 
My Journal is at Tony's Blog  
 
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