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   Posted 2/21/2011 4:46 PM (GMT -6)   
My wife and I are recently back from two weeks in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and have some good news to report on the health front.  Originally, I was to be having surgery this morning to repair two herniiated discs in my cervical spine (neck area).  The pain started before Thanksgiving and got worse and worse.  The surgery has been canceled, at least for the time being, because the pain has diminished to the point that I'm no longer taking medication, and I can once again raise the right arm, which originally I couldn't lift above chest high.  I can even do exercises with two-pound dumbbells, and though the shoulder is still  not strong, it's improving.  I still can't do something as simple as holding a gallon jug of milk out at arm's length with the right arm, something which is not a problem with the left arm, but it's getting better.  I have no idea what caused the problem, but I guess "time heals all wouonds," or is it "time wounds all heels"?
I know this has nothing to do with PCa, but I really wasn't looking forward to neck surgery so soon after the prostate surgery.
Age 65
Dx in June 2010.
PSA gradually rising for 3 years to 6.2
Biopsy confirmed cancer in 6 of 12 cores, all on left side
Gleason 7 (3 + 4)
Bone scan, CT scan, rib x-rays negative.
DaVinci 8/20/10
Negative margins; negative seminal vesicles
5 brothers, ages 52-67 ; I'm the only one with PCa
Continence OK after 7 weeks. ED continues.
PSA 1/3/10: 0.01

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   Posted 2/21/2011 4:57 PM (GMT -6)   
glad to hear the good news - wishing you all the best - sometimes with me and my neck problems ( I have to sleep on an ortho pillow at night) it becomes aggrevated under stress and takes a while to "unknot " itself.

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   Posted 2/21/2011 4:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Good to hear, and yes not sure I would want neck surgery anytime let alone so close to Prosate Surgery. Have you had any physical therapy?
Dx with PCA 12/08 2 out of 12 cores positive 4.5 psa
59 yo when diagnosed, 61 yo 2010
Robotic surgery 5/09
Gleason upgraded to 3+5, volume less than 10%
2 pads per day, 1 depends but getting better,
started ED tx 7/17, slow go
Post op dx of neuropathy
T2C left lateral and left posterior margins involved
3 months psa.01, 6 month psa.4
Started IMRT Jan. 2010 72gys
7month post SRT PSA .2

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   Posted 2/21/2011 4:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Great news! Good for you, Clock! Hope you can stay off the 'table' for good!
age 52
RALP 10/08
One nerve spared
Gleason 7 - T1c
Pre op PSA 8.2 -- first PSA ever taken at age 50 physical
Most recent PSA 0.02 (12/10)

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   Posted 2/21/2011 6:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Really great news, Clock.
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

James C.
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   Posted 2/21/2011 6:29 PM (GMT -6)   
clocknut, that's good news indeed. anytime we can avoid the scapel.....
James C. Age 63
Gonna Make Myself A Better Man
4/07: PSA 7.6, 7/07 Biopsy: 3 of 16 PCa, 5% involved, left lobe, GS6
9/07: Nerve Sparing open RP, Path: pT2c, 110 gms., clear except:
Probable microscopic involvement-left apical margin -GS6
3 Years: PSA's .04 each test until 04/10-.06, 09/10-.09, 12/10-.09, 02/11-.08
ED-total-Bimix 30cc

Cajun Jeff
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   Posted 2/21/2011 6:35 PM (GMT -6)   
clocknut, WOW wonderful news keep heading in that direction.

Avoid the knif you Dr does not need the $.

Cajun Jeff
9/08 PSA 5.4 referred to Urologist
9/08 Biopsy: GS 3+4=7 1 positive core in 12 1% cancer core
10/08 Nerve-Sparing open radicalSurgery Path Report Downgrade 3+3=6 GS Stage pT2c margins clea
r3 month: PSA <0.1
19th month: PSA <0.1
2 year PSA <0.1
Only issue at this time is ED but getting better

Steve n Dallas
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   Posted 2/22/2011 5:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Me thinks you should go to Mexico more often.

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   Posted 2/22/2011 6:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Cervical disc disease allows you to move the full range of shoulder motion. Some people actually feel better with their hand on the top of their head. Shoulder joint disease does NOT allow one to lift the arms without pain. Don't expect a neck operation to help a shoulder problem.
72 years old (1939) USA citizen
Prostatic carcinoma dxed June 2009 by PSA (7.0) and then Bx
PSAs yearly since 2001 ranged 1.52 to 7.0. RALP July 2009
PSAs 0 since

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   Posted 2/22/2011 8:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks to all for the kind comments.  Brainsurgeon, MRI's of the shoulder and cervical spine showed herniations at C/4,5 and C5/6, plus a bulging disc at C7.  Nerve conductivity studies and a shoulder MRI and consult with an orthopedic surgeon revealed no problems with the shoulder, though it mimiced a rotator cuff injury.  The herniations were "effacing" the spinal cord and compressing a nerve, which cut off the signal to the deltoid muscle.  That's why I couldn't use the arm  for anything that required lifting from the shoulder.  For example, to put on deodorant on the right side, I would have to use my left hand to place the right hand on a towel rack, because I couldn't use my shoulder to move the arm away from my body.  The plan had been to do an incision in the front of the neck, remove the disc material, and insert a titanium piece for reinforcement.  I'm now working to overcome the weakness and atrophy caused by nearly two months of non-use of the deltoid.
Steve, I like the way you think, but the wallet is now empty. 

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   Posted 2/22/2011 9:29 AM (GMT -6)   
cocknut, what great news!

Really, really great news. And, good to hear you are home safe from Mexico. I'm still up to my rump in snow and ice here in Canada and I've been thinking of you down there in all that warm sunshine.

Might a brief daily encounter with alcohol before dinner account for any of this healing process? I've found rum and coke GFMPH and I'd not be surprised if it did wonders for necks.

Sheldon AKA Sleepless
Age 67 in Apil '09 at news of 4 of 12 cores positive T2B and Gleason 3 + 3 and 5% to 25% PSA 1.5
Re-read of slides in June said Gleason 3 + 4 same four cores 5% to 15%
June 29 daVinci prostatectomy, Dr. Eric Estey, at Royal Alexandra Hospital Edmonton one night stay
From "knock out" to wake up in recovery less than two hours.  Actual surgery 70 minutes
Flew home to Winnipeg on July 3 after 5 nights in Ramada Inn  ---  perfect recovery spot!
Catheter out July 9
Final pathology is 3 + 4 Gleason 7, clear margins, clear nodes, T2C, sugeron says report is "excellent"
Oct 1st 09 -- dry at night, during day some stress issues.
Oct 31st padless 24/7 
First post op PSA Sept 09  less than 0.02
PSA on Oct 23, 2009 less than 0.02
PSA on Jan 8, 2010  less than 0.02
PSA on April 9, 2010 less than 0.02 
PSA on July 9, 2010 (one year) less than 0.02

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   Posted 2/22/2011 9:51 AM (GMT -6)   

I'm pretty sure that the margaritas may have had a curative effect.  I wish you could have joined us in Puerto Vallarta.

It's still cold here in the Chicago area, too, Sheldon. 

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