My husband was also very concerned about
biopsy, it was somewhat painful and certainly unpleasant, but over fairly quickly. I wouldn’t call anyone stupid for worrying about
it. But do listen to Artist Mark, and others, it sounds like you are causing yourself much more suffering by agonizing about
Do you trust your uro? If so, take his advice more seriously than anecdotes from the internet. If not, find another doc. Certainly you need to talk to him directly about
the mri thing. But the only real information that makes any sense will be in terms of statistics (both for your uro and in general) and it probably won’t be satisfying.
One big connection between (possible) prostate cancer and back pain is: stress. My husband has had back issues on and off, the absolute best thing he has found for it is physical therapy. Specially since you had surgery it will be important to exercise carefully, which is where the physical therapy comes in. Your GP or uro should be able & willing to prescribe this for you. (It is very unlikely, though not impossible, that your back pain is related to prostate cancer any other way: I’m sure you’ve read that prostate cancer metastasizes to bone.)
There are a lot of shocks that come along with your situation. One is how little help doctors can be with many chronic issues (like prostatitis). Another shock is how difficult it is to deal with the uncertainty. It might help to think about
the percentage of men who get prostate cancer: I’ve seen numbers like one in seven to one in ten. And then there’s prostititis. That’s a lot of men, dealing with lots of stress. Try to remember you are not alone in this.
Dx 8/14, age 58, PSA 29, G9 (4+5), 11/12 cores, 3 bone mets
Lupron 9/14, Xgeva 10/14-12/14
10/14 PSA 2.0, 12/14 1.1, 6/15 6.87, 6/15 Provenge,9/15 0.8
9/15 osteonecrosis, 6 wk iv antibiotics
1/16 PSA 4.8, 3/16 2, 10/16-6/17 Xtandi, 12/16 IMRT
5/17 PSA 8.6, 6/17 PSA 13, 6/17 lymph node biopsy MSI-H
6/17 Keytruda(pembrolizumab), 7/17 PSA undetectable, 9/17 lymph nodes almost resolved
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