Try not to sweat it. (Pun intended)... I started in August with Firmagon/Degarelix. It does the same thing as Lupron but in a different way. I had a really bad reaction to the second shot, so last month I was switched to Lupron. The shot was so much easier, no pain at the injection sight, just a small bit of soreness that barely lasted a day (shot was in the butt). First few weeks, no effect, then I started getting the “hot flashes”. As was already said, at most, it’s annoying. You get a really warm feeling all over, that lasts about
a mi Ute, then you start to sweat, and you get cold for a minute. At least that’s how it is for me. I’m getting my second and final shot next week.
I recall going in for my first shot, I was really scared, and on the verge of tears. The nurse asked my what exactly I was afraid of. I said , not being the same person. She said, that will happen, but it’s temporary. Admittedly, I’ve got it easy only doing a 6 month Lupron tour. But so far, FWIW, she was wrong. My personality is the same. (For better or worse). I even still use the F word at high volume when another driver pisses me off.
No fatigue, other than the effects of waking at 4am for radiation treatment), no loss of personality. I’m less interested in sex, but I can still do it.
So try not to stress. You’ll find that it’s not so bad.
My wife, a wise woman, had to go through 9 weeks of chemo (every week), then major surgery, then 9 more weeks of chemo. Everything we read, indicated it would be terrible. She sailed through it. Even after surgery, while in her 7th week if chemo, my daughter was getting married , and the surgeon told her, you’ll be at the wedding but don’t plan on dancing much or partying. Well, she outdanced everyone, outdrank everyone, got lifted up in a chair and paraded around the room.
When it was my turn, to get my first Lupron shot, and I was near tears , she said to me, just don’t anticipate. It’s all mind over matter. If you expect it to be terrible, it will be.
I took her advice. You should too.
Good luck. Keep us posted.
I am not a doctor, just another guy without a prostate
Dx Age 64 Nov 2014, PSA 4.3
BX 3 of 12 cores positive original pathology G6
RALP with Dr Ash Tewari Jan 6, 2015
Post surgical pathology G7 (3+4), - ECE, - Margins, -LN, -SV (+ frozen section apex converted to negative)
PSA @ 6 weeks 2/15, .<02, remained <0.02 until January 2017, .02, repeat Feb 2017, still .02. May 2017-.033, August 2017- .033 November .046, March 2018 .060. June 2018 .068, July 2018 - .082, August 2018, .078, August 2018 - .08
Decipher test, low risk, .37 score
My story.... tinyurl.com/qgyu3xq
My PSA History - /drive.google.com/file/d/1ltbG8x-iyH3k9pEltudhXt9u1krRwJSH/view?usp=sharing
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