Today was a doom and gloom day for me, I don't handle dark raining all day days, good thing I don't live in Seattle! Todays went smoother than yesterday. Was in and out in 35 minutes. But when the zaps were over, took both of the operators to help me up, because of the burning pain where the SP cath exits my body. This problem is getting worse, they are going to talk to my dr. When I talked to her yesterday, she seemed clueless about why I would feel anything at all, and said to mention it to my Uro. When I mentioned it to him a week or so ago, he blamed it on the radiation and what he called "scattering". All I know its hurts when the treatment session ends, and it can hurt for hours after. Also, and I had mentioned this to the dr too, been getting a lot of penile pain in the hours after being zapped, almost like if my "friend" were bruised, but obviously not a mark on me. No explanation was giving to me for that either.
Right now, I keep on a steady diet of Advil, as its good not only for mild pain, but for anything with swelling related to it. If it hurts too much, I will pop a Loratab, which I only use as really needed, because I don't like the constipating effect.
The main operator still stressed that in 8 years, they had never treated anyone with a catheter in place, let alone a SP cath. Hope its not causing or will be causing a problem.
Pain or no pain, I am totally convinced that without the cath, I would be in a total retention situation already, so I am not second guessing the push to have the SP installed.
David in SC
Age: 57, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 7/08 12.3, 9/08 14.5, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 - 7/7 Positive, 40-90% Cancer, Gleason 4+3
Open RP: 11/08, Rht nerves saved, 4 days in hospt, on catheters for 63 days, 5th one out 1/09
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos margin
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Latest: 7/9 met 2 rad. oncl, 7/9 cath #6 - blockage, 8/9 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 out 38 days, 9/9 - met 3rd rad. oncl., mapped 9/9, 10/1 - 3rd corr. surgery - SP cath/hard dialation, 10/5 - began IMRT SRT - 39 sessions/72 gys.