Started about 2.5 weeks after surgery, Surgeon suggested that some sutures may have collapsed and re-adjusted themselves. Its right below the belt line in the soft tissue of the lower abdomen, the Surgeon reminds me that was the main working path and the prostate was taken out through there. A few weeks later they did a CT scan and everything looks fine, no hernia, kidney stones, etc. . . My family doctor put me on a course of antibiotics, because he thought it might be a bladder infection, but it didn't help.
Pain gradually getting better. I'm back to work, but I have to admit that it compresses and hurts when I sit in a chair, and also walking - each step with the right foot I can feel a little twinge of pain, not terrible, but just terribly annoying. I start out the day feeling pretty good, but late afternoon it gets worse, and right now I need to lay on the couch for a while when I get home to let it ease up. I can get to sleep just fine, but about 4am I sometimes can no longer sleep on my side without getting up and taking more ibuprofen, or 'trying' to sleep on my back, which is really hard for me to do - - - so this is really starting to drag on me - this is just taking so long to push through this pain.
Anyone else go through something like this?
The surgeon just wants me to only use ibuprofen, but my family doctor is suggesting Tramadol or Vicodin. I'm not a big fan of narcotics, and have just stuck to the ibuprofen, but am wondering whether some pain management would help me? The surgeon suggests a Pain Management Clinic with maybe an steroid injection in the area, but I'm reluctant to let someone stick some needles all in there, especially when things are improving slowly but surely, plus now the exact area of the pain is rather vague, it just generally gets sore all inside there.
PSA: 5.1 in Sept, 2009, last PSA was 2.6 over a year ago
Biopsy: Gleason 6 (3+3) in 1 of 12 cores, the Right Lateral Apex. 4 PINs, 1 Atypical
Robotic Assisted Laproscopic Prostatectomy: 11/16/2009
Pathology showed cancer completed contained in capsule, and Gleason 6.
First PSA test showed PSA undectable.
Post Edited (denverSurvivor) : 1/23/2010 12:24:38 PM (GMT-7)