The thread on symptoms leading to dx. leads me to present a question I've always had (and I really doubt if I'll ever know the answer).
For many years (10-15) before my dx., I was having BPH problems. Once in awhile, I would get on flomax for a little while and things would clear up. For about 3 years prior to dx., I was taking flomax regularly, usually 1 a day and sometimes when things got bad, 2 a day. One time I got very close to going to the ER due to difficulty urinating.
Meanwhile, my PSA was very slowly rising. There was one significant rise but it went back down after a course of antibiotics.
Now, in retrospect, was it really BPH or PC that was causing my symptoms? How does one know? (Not that it really matters at this stage, but I have wondered about that!)
PSA-- 11/09--4.19 .Biop.11/30/09.G 4+3.RP: 1/26/10. G 4+3. PNI,EPE, Margin, No SVI. Nodes clr.100% continent by 3/10. PSA: 3/10/10-0.01; 6/21/10--0.02. 9/21/10--0.06; 1/4/11-0.13,3/1/11--0.27. SRT May '11, PSA 7/11/11-0.60; 8/11/11-0.75; 11/1/11-1.38;12/22/11-1.97 ; 2/23/12--3.43;3/23/12-2.28; 4//25/12-2.44;5/29-2.52; 6/29-4.4; 7/30-3.52; 10/1-6,62;10/31-5.86;11/30-9.0;1/2/13-10.08