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compiler
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   Posted 2/5/2011 7:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I am very frustrated. I have had back problems for about 35 years.
 
Every so often it just goes out. One time I was just tying my shoe. Another time I was just getting out of bed. This time, it has been bothering me for a week only slightly, kind of feeling like it might go out. Well, today it did (carrying groceries in the house). I am in severe pain in every position. We had plans for dinner and a get-together afterwards, celebrating birthday of my sister in law. I struggled through the dinner but then had to go home.
 
Last time this happened was about a month before my surgery (hence about 14 months ago). It lasted a long time and I was afraid we might have to delay the surgery. Fortunately, it got 95% better a few days before the surgery. It looks like P/T will be in my immediate future. If I am not better I may delay my PSA/SRT for a few weeks (I was going to do the PSA on 2/15 and follow-up ASAP with SRT). Right now, I can't move much. It is going to be hard to teach on Monday. That's my long day and then I am off until Wednesday early afternoon, so I may gut it out.
 
Just venting. HW is good for venting.
 
(I have tried chiropracters and they have not been helpful. Sometimes P/T helps. Sometimes walking helps. Basically, the tincture of time works, but sometimes it takes 4-6 weeks ).
 
 
Mel
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!

cooper360
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   Posted 2/5/2011 8:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Very interesting & informative, kinda like CDU.............Cooper wink   hope you can take a joke!!!!!!!!!!

compiler
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   Posted 2/5/2011 8:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Cooper:
 
That's ok, I won't keep bumping this post.
 
Feel free to bump your CD every month if you'd like.
 
Mel
 
 

Purgatory
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   Posted 2/5/2011 8:41 PM (GMT -6)   
bump
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

compiler
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   Posted 2/5/2011 9:42 PM (GMT -6)   
David!!!!
 
Mel

Purgatory
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   Posted 2/5/2011 10:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Free bump, courtesy of me, I only normaly use them for the Weekly Chat Notice. Sorry about your back, that is not an area that I have any experience with at all, been lucky there.
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

Sephie
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   Posted 2/6/2011 6:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Mel, sorry to hear about your back. I too suffer from back issues and the simplest thing can knock everything out of alignment. Has a doctor told you exactly what is wrong with your back (e.g., herniated disc?)? In my case, I have problems with the facet joints of the spine. When one of them slips out, I'm shaped like a sideways S and have very limited range of motion. The muscles surrounding the spine become inflamed (in an attempt to protect the spine), resulting in nasty muscle spasms. The last time I had to go the doctor (to get a script for a muscle relaxant), he encouraged me to read the book "No More Aching Back" by Dr. Leon Root. There's a series of back exercises in this book that did wonders for my back. The exercises are not for everyone but the book is worth reading in that it explains how the back works and what can go wrong with it.

Hope you feel better soon.

Susan R
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   Posted 2/6/2011 7:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Yea!!! I might be able to help! Woo-hoo. Finally, I can give some advice back to you that have helped so much. If the pain is making your legs/arms tingle, go numb, then chances are this is a nerve issue (pinched) If a nerve issue, you need to take some motrin/pain relief and move as little as possible. There is nothing but time that is going to help, although warmth (heating pad) will help you feel a bit better. If the pain is more muscular, then you should stretch and try to move as much as possible (without hurting yourself), take muscle relaxant medication, 20 minutes heat, 20 min cold off and on all day long. This should help you get the inflammation down and stretch those muscles. Do not let the muscles get tight, this will just irritate them even more.

I am not a DR, just sharing what I have learned from year and years of good and bad DR, finally getting the one that has changed my life. Hope it helps.

SubicSquid
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   Posted 2/6/2011 12:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I've sufffered with degenerative disc disease for 20 years.  Had surgery, bulging discs, etc.  I have learned to suffer thru it.  When it came time for my radiation, I explained the problem to the technicians and they were very considerate.  They assisted both in getting onto the table and getting up and off, things I couldn't do by myself.  I'm like you Mel, bend the wrong way, carry the extra bag of groceries, bang - I am in agony sometimes for weeks.  The radiation will be important if you do need it so just make sure you ask for the help of the techs.  I am sure they will understand.  Squid.

Purgatory
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   Posted 2/6/2011 1:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Subic,

Sorry to hear about your long term back problems. That's a form of suffering I have been spared from so far. Glad you still haven't had anymore stricture problems, glad you got that behind you.

David
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

compiler
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   Posted 2/7/2011 5:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Frustration continues. Gutted through my long day today but things are even worse, Just can't move without pains/spasms.
 
Got a script for P/T but the guy I usually see is gone until next week, I'll be seeing someone else on Friday and then the other guy Tuesday.
 
I don't want to delay SRT too long, but this is miserable.
 
Mel (pissed off and whining)
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