Dang-- can't seem to stay healthy

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   Posted 1/22/2011 11:15 AM (GMT -6)   
The last 2 times, during and especially after working out, I've had toe swelling and soreness, I guess from pounding the treadmill. I have a bunion there (right toe). about 20 years ago, I had a major injury there (shattered the bone). It healed okay but I was guaranteed arthritis within 7 years. That didn't happen (I think) but it does flare up at times. I'm going to take a break and resume my gym workouts early next week. I may need to look at an alternative to the treadmill (elliptical or bike -- any suggestions).
Additionally, I've been having lower intestinal pains/discomfort that has been worsening over the last 10 days. I stopped the OPCXTRA a few days ago on a hunch, but that does not appear to be the culprit. I'm not sure if it's the fish oil, D-3, flaxseed, pomegranite juice, Greek Yogurt, prunes (the last 2 or to help with bms), or none of those. I may just be under the weather. Period. I'll have to experiment by stopping some of this stuff. However, I have had a history of intestinal problems, so as I said it may have nothing to do with the supplements. Ugghhh.
I really hate getting old.
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PSA-- 3/08--2.90; 8/09--4.01; 11/09--4.19 (PSAf: 24%), PCA3 =75 .
Biopsy 11/30/09. Gleason 4+3. Stage: T1C. Current Age: 64
Surgery: Dr. Menon @Ford Hospital, 1/26/10.
Pathology Report: G 4+3. Nodes: Clear. PNI: yes. SVI: No. EPE: yes. Pos. Margin: Yes-- focal-- 1 spot .5mm. 100% continent by 3/10. ED- in progress. PSA on 3/10/10-: 0.01. PSA on 6/21/10--0.02. 9/21/10--0.06; 1/4/11-0.13 CRAP!

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   Posted 1/22/2011 11:32 AM (GMT -6)   


I add Omega 3 fish oil (NutraSea)to my protein drink and was taking a teaspoon per serving.  I had to cut back to half tspn as it really upset my digestive track.  Since then I am back to normal (whatever that is?).


Age 59 at Diagnosis
01/08 PSA 4.17 DRE showed node
03/08 RP - Nerve Sparing, margins clear, no invasion
Continent 3 weeks post surgery / ED
06/08 until 08/09 PSA 0.01
08/09 PSA .14
09/09 RT / 36 treatments
01/10 PSA .13
08/11/10 PSA 3.44
30/11/10 Zoladex ADT

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   Posted 1/22/2011 12:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry for your pain.

My wife has a touch of gout in one foot, the only thing she does is drink pure black cherry juice (not always easy to find) daily, usually mixes it with diet 7-up. She says she gets some relief. Her's is from mostly being on her feet all day.

Age: 58, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 7 of 7 Positive, 40-90%, Gleason 4+3
open RP: 11/08, on catheters for 101 days
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos marg
Incont & ED: None
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/8 .04, 8/6 .06 11/10 Not taking it
Latest: 6 Corr Surgeries to Bladder Neck, SP Catheter since 10/1/9, SRT 39 Sess/72 gy ended 11/09, 21 Catheters, Ileal Conduit Surgery 9/23/10

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   Posted 1/22/2011 2:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks. I got mad at myself for writing the post (and being quite depressed) so I got off my butt and did a full workout anyway.
I actually do have some workout questions but I'll do that in a seperate thread

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   Posted 1/22/2011 2:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Mel -- good for you.  a lower impact exercise like bike or elliptical would be better for you (like you said).
age: 55
PSA on 12/09: 6.8
no symptoms, no prostate enlargement
12/12 cores positive....gleason 3+4 = 7
received 3rd and last lupron shot 9/14/10

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   Posted 1/22/2011 6:21 PM (GMT -6)   
re. the lower abdominal problems. Have you ever been checked for gluten intolerance (Celiac Sprue). A lot of doctors usually miss or misdiagnose this. It can vary from mild reaction to debilitating/life threatening and can develop at any stage of life. Celiacs carry a particular gene that can be inactive for life but it also can be triggered and the disease develop at any time . (Mine triggered off in my late 50s). Often some sort of physical stress or trauma (accident, operation, even pregnancy in women) can trigger the gene and it becomes active; it is more common in peoples of Scandinavian, Irish and northern European ancestry. It is nearly always misdiagnosed as IBS. A simple genetic test on a saliva sample will reveal if the gene is present (triggered or not) ------- no gene = no possibility of Celiac Sprue. If the gene is present a blood test that checks for particular markers will show if it is active. Solution is a gluten free diet but believe me when I say what a pain that is.

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   Posted 1/22/2011 7:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I also had to cut back on the pomegranate juice as it was giving me the runs, making me very weak.

Good workout when you have minor joint injuries is pool running. Joan Benoit had a lot of success with it years ago, and it's standard for our high school cross country team.

But yeah, getting old gets old, fast.

Diagnosis at 53. PSA 2007 about 2; 2008 4.3
Biopsy Sept 2008: 6 of 12 cores pos; Gleason 4+3 = 7
CT & Bone scan neg
Da Vinci at City of Hope Dec 8, 2008
Rad prostatectomy & lymph node dissection
Cath out on 7th day, in on 8th day, out again 14th day after neg cystogram
Path: pT2c; lymph nodes neg; margins involv; 41 grams,
PSA 1/08, 4/09,7/09, 10/09, 11/09,2/10 <0.01, 10/10 0.1
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