Well, today was blood draw time, preparing for my annual exam on Friday. Have been in the zero-point club since January of 1993. Other than a little flare up in 07, was in low tenths, then up to 0.6, which triggered 35 radiation treatments. Last two years has been less than 0.04. Don't you hate it when you are due for a check-up, and the closer it gets, the greater your anxiety level becomes? I don't dread it, but the DRE is less a concern. Have been "dry", except for first 6-8 weeks. Only "wet" problem now happens when I can't get to john in time. I think that has been caused partially by the radiation, or at least caused and increase. On the ED side, nothing really works, except the one Caverject injection. Great success, except it was gone by the time we made a stop or two, and then the two hour drive home!
Wife has Sojourns Syndrom, (dry mouth, eyes, everything) and basically has cut me off, so other than manual, what's the use of pills, pumps or injections? I still try to pump occasionally, or maybe a pill/pump now and then, but sure is discouraging. Would sure be different if DW would be of more assistance. Sure get depressed sometimes.
Oh well, still alive 17 years after diagnosis, so am thankful for that! Hope others had a Happy Valentine's Day!!!
Doug: diagnoised age 49 (born 1943)
supporting/loving wife: Pat
1st PSA (1991): 4.0
2nd PSA (1992): 5.4
Biopsy (Nov.1992) 6 samples, all positive
Radical Prostectomy: Jan. 1993 @ age 49
Depression: Onset within 6-8 months (low testerone)
Incontenance: 6 or so weeks, with very slight problem continuing through present
Impotence: Continues through present
*Viagra/Cialas/Levitra: limited success
*Testerone Treatment: So-so success (mood swings improved)
*ErectAid: Success, but bad leak-down problem
*Recent coupling of Vigra and ErectAid: Best results, but not perfect.
1993 - 2004 PSA: 0.1
Mid 2004 PSA: 0.3
Late 2004 - Late 2006: PSA fluctates 0.2 - 0.6 (cease testerone therapy)
Feb 2007: Begin Radiation
March 2007: Complete 35 Radiation Treatments
August 2007 PSA: 0.01
August 2008 PSA: 0.04
Possible increase in PSA: Testerone Therapy???