Hi, I've been happily using this forum and the fantastic information for the last few months. Time for me to add my data to the river of knowledge. I'm hopeful that someone finds this both interesting and useful.
dx June, 2013 age 59. No known family history, not a black man although I've told my trainer DeMel to let me know if he senses any kinship. Rising psa, no symptoms. Psa 2009 - 3.56, 2010 - 3.87, 2011 - 4.21 (no worries had a 4.20 that dropped under 3.42 in 2008), 2012 - 5.53 (uh?), 2013 -7.02 and it's biopsy time.
Biopsy June 2013, Gleason 4+3, no PNI, EPE. Did not enjoy biopsy other than pain is over very quickly. Knew biopsy trouble was coming when very pleasant nurse/PA asked if I had pre-medicated. "What type of pre-meds are you asking about
?". "Oh you know, Vicodin, Percoset". Just when I thought I'd never use schedule 2 or 3 painkillers except recreationally. I'm kidding, former migraine sufferer and still know my way around painkillers and prefer a light dose of Vicodin for pain, sleep and anxiety. Too bad about
the misuse of this this one (Vicodin) causing drs to forego the hassle and risk. And I'm back. Sorry.
DaVinci August, 2013. Gleason downgraded to 3+4. Surgery on Thursday, home Friday. While having JP drain removed on Monday, my doctor, uro/oncologist sees me in the hall and asks if we can talk. I'm wearing the "sport bag" and feeling great until he tells me that I have a positive lymph node <1mm. Fortunately, I hadn't read ahead so had no idea of the full implications. I am pT2c pN1 and ready to start the psa lottery. My last lottery number was 304 in January, 1973. And that was good since I had both a high draft lottery number and no men were called to service from that lottery.
Here it goes.
psa, 27 days (4 weeks) .11
psa, 42 days (6 weeks) .05
psa, 56 days (8 weeks) .04
psa, 84 days (12 weeks) .04
Searching for nadir. Next test, 16 weeks. My solution to psa anxiety is to test when I feel like I can use the data and this forum has given me great comparative data, for which I'm grateful.
I have a great wife and as you already know, life's been good. I did under estimate complete ED. A common response as I've read. And it's not just the lack of intimacy with my wife, it's the loss of an old and reliable friend. So, I'm working on it! I never thought I'd have a medical reason to get a boner. Work, work, work.
Thanks, I will add a signature shortly.
Post Edited (Luther) : 11/12/2013 9:28:01 PM (GMT-7)