I'm upset reading your news...what is the doc saying about the 4.6 PSA years ago? That was a clear miss on his part. I'm also saddened that he did not push the issue to continue on with annual PSAs. But hopefully treatments will be successful. A reminder to everyone how important PSA testing is from 40 on.
I can see how this happened....many people have a Phys. assistant as primary doctors and they are really not much more than a high speed nurse. My first PA went thru all my bloodwork stats with me for my 50 yr physical. and he didnt know what half the numbers stood for. Then he got to my PSA and told me it looked high and should be aroung 10 or 20! He didnnt have a clue.
Because Im retired soldier I have the same coverage as a soldier except I pay a small premium... we must use channels on base before going to a specialist. Our first doctor will always be a PA,
I told my PA I was having symptoms from the flomax and cipro he put me on...he pulled out a paper notebook that had yellow pages that looked like he had it in vietnam..(he was a medic in vietnam)....and he had 3 pencil written side efffects for flomax!
I went online and found my side effect for flomax as well as about 200 other side effects. even the sheet I got at the pharmacy had 2 pages of side effects!
If my PSA had not been 94 and had been 6 or 7...he would have blown it off like all the other blood results from my 50 yr. physical. Then I have to deal with tricare which has a network you must follow. my first 2 uros were local and totally incompetent....then I got referred to a 3rd one in rochester and had my appt. all set up only to see another referal come in a week later with some other doctor in watertown (local) I called my insurance and they told me hes out of network.....So i finally got one in syracuse that Im very happy with. With all this I probably lost 45 days of time due to poor doctors...incompetent PAs, etc. Im not sure losing 45 days in that big a deal but It was the first time Ive ever had any problem my entire life where I had to see a specialist and I just took for granted they all had my best interest at heart and they all knew their Jobs......Boy was I dead wrong. Yes, I had to learn the hard way but It will never happen to me again. I now research my A#$ off on each doctor, mediaction treatment or anything else related to my general health.
Finding this website and the yano website has made me realise there are many incompetent doctors out there who are in it for the bucks and you MUST take your health in your own hands.
I thank most of you here and other web sites for making me see this.