Posted 1/7/2012 10:53 PM (GMT -6)
gibson - my dr started me low, for 2 reasons. he knew i was real cautious about strong meds, and he didn't want to scare me off. we started at 12.5 micro, went to 25, and expecting an increase to 50. as you probably know, the only way to be safely on fentanyl is if the patient is fully considered to be opiate tolerant. after 2 years plus on Loratabs, he knew that I was, or else the fentanyl even in low doses can be potenially deadly. glad your father tolerated the higher dose and is doing well on it. so far, i have no problems keeping a sharp mind and staying on top of things. proper pain management is about the doctor and the patient communicating properly, and making adjustments as needed, of course.
aimzee, got it, read it, and responded already. glad at least ron is getting the benefit of having the "zero" despite his other issues and his pain. wish i could say that.
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 margin
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, 2/11 1.24, 4/11 3.81, 6/11 5.8
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 9/10