Real life example on nerve regeneration

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Ed C. (Old67)
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   Posted 8/8/2009 3:54 PM (GMT -6)   
This is not about PC but it may give us hope about nerve regeneration. All my life, I've had a problem with extremely sweaty palms, a condition called hyper hydrosis, so Three years ago, I had a neurologist perform a surgery where by he severed the nerves that cause my right hand to sweat. For 3 months my right palm was so dry that i had to use cream to moisten the skin. I was able to play golf without using a right hand glove and to shake hands without first drying my hand. After the 3rd month I noticed a slight damping in my right palm and by the 5th month it was sweating just like it did before. I went back to the neurologist and all he could tell me was that the nerves regenerated and reconnected. I'm hoping that the same thing will happen to my nerve bundles.
Age: 67 at Dx on 12/30/08
PSA 9/05 1.15; 8/06 1.45; 12/07 2.41; 8/08 3.9; 11/08 3.5 free PSA 11%
2 cores out of 12 were positive Gleason (4+4) and (4+5)
Negative CT scan and bone scan done on 1/16
Robotic surgery performed 2/9/09 Dr Fagin, Austin TX
Pathology report:
Prostate weighed 57 grams size:5.2 x 5.0 x 4.9 cm
Posterior lateral lesions measuring 1.5 x 1.4 x 1.0 cm showing focal capsular penetration over a distance of 3mm.
Prostatic adenocarciroma accounts for approx. 10-20% of the hemisphere.
Gleason 4+4
both nerve bundles removed,
pT3a Nx Mx, Negative margins
seminal vesicles clean, lymph nodes: not dissected
continent after 4 months
8 weeks PSA test 4/7/09 result <0.1
5 months PSA test 7/9/09 result <0.1


Purgatory
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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25393
   Posted 8/8/2009 6:34 PM (GMT -6)   
That is an amazing story, Ed, never heard of that disorder before, or the fact that the nerves could regenerate that fast.
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, corrective laser surgery scheduled for 8/18
 
 


Ed C. (Old67)
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   Posted 8/8/2009 7:10 PM (GMT -6)   
David,
Hyperhydrosis is not that unusual. Some people have it in their face, head, underarms or any other part of their body. In my case, it seems to be hereditary because my sister and 2 of my nieces seem to have the same problem. I remember having to have to cover the paper I'm writing on so that I don't get it wet. It caused me a lot of problem at work as well. I had to carry and handkerchief in my pocket to dry my hand before I shake hands with a customer. If you check hyperhydrosis on the internet you will find a lot of people with this condition. Some use Botox as a temporary fix.
Age: 67 at Dx on 12/30/08
PSA 9/05 1.15; 8/06 1.45; 12/07 2.41; 8/08 3.9; 11/08 3.5 free PSA 11%
2 cores out of 12 were positive Gleason (4+4) and (4+5)
Negative CT scan and bone scan done on 1/16
Robotic surgery performed 2/9/09 Dr Fagin, Austin TX
Pathology report:
Prostate weighed 57 grams size:5.2 x 5.0 x 4.9 cm
Posterior lateral lesions measuring 1.5 x 1.4 x 1.0 cm showing focal capsular penetration over a distance of 3mm.
Prostatic adenocarciroma accounts for approx. 10-20% of the hemisphere.
Gleason 4+4
both nerve bundles removed,
pT3a Nx Mx, Negative margins
seminal vesicles clean, lymph nodes: not dissected
continent after 4 months
8 weeks PSA test 4/7/09 result <0.1
5 months PSA test 7/9/09 result <0.1


Nebraska Guy
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Date Joined Aug 2009
Total Posts : 11
   Posted 8/8/2009 7:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I have a similar story.  I had a thorn stuck under my thumb nail.  It got infected and my thumb puffed up.  The doctor who removed it gave me a couple of novacaine shots; one of which hit the nerve directly.  After the novacaine wore off the entire side of my thumb remained numb.  Over a period of months the numb area shrank.  Now a year later I have only a tiny numb spot.  I belive it is still healing and the numbness could vanish completley
 
Goerge
05/09: Diagnosed (age 53) biopsy PSA 4.5, T1c stage, Gleason 6 (3+3), 3 of 12 cores.

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