Today's was a 25 minute procedure, burning was much less at the SP site than a couple of days ago. I asked if the lights had to be so bright when they zapped me, felt like I was under heat lamps, they said no problem, and dimmed them! Wished I had thought to ask that 33 treatments ago, but I assumed they needed them.
This week, I have noticed, that the bulk of my painful spasms start almost as soon as the zapping is over. Last night was the worse yet, my youngest son stayed with me a while, and I was probably having them at the rate of 3-4 per hour, sitting or standing. Even 3 Advil (which I knew would start the bleeding again) and a Loratab and a Ditropan couldn't stop or even dampen the pain. Got about 4 hours of broken sleep last night, then got to start this process all over again.
I know it will end, literally got a handful left, but it has just about used up any energy resources I have to keep going, and then dealing with the side effects to boot. Don't feel like there is much left of me to fight. I will be so glad to end these treatments.
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
Incontinence: 1 Month ED: Non issue at any point post surgery
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 sess/72 gys cath #8 33 days, 11/2- SP Cath #9 in place