Thanks for starting the thread 81Guy, and I guess I should weigh in on this as it has been a major concern for me recently. All the talk about
the "care team" addressing one's emotional well-being sounds great. But I was left out in the wilderness without so much as a match or flashlight.
March will be the five year anniversary of my initial negative biopsy. My Urologist kept me in the dark about
everything. My wife and I were trying to plan our retirement and we were both very stressed. Eventually my cancer was diagnosed, and I got the bad staging news. Every step of my treatment ran into complications. And just months after my RP my wife was diagnosed with stage 4 lymphoma. My RO started Lupron to buy some time.
I had read online that some guys on HT take venlafaxine for hot flashes. I have never taken any sort of psychiatric drugs, even recreationally. I started taking Effexor just before the fiasco that was my AUS implant. I was able to handle most of what was thrown at us over the next year. There are some side effects. Constant buzzing in my head (tinnitus). But now stressors just roll off me. I don't get aggravated in traffic. People find me a much nicer person to be around. The cost was that I had to accept an F32 diagnosis... major depressive disorder.
Two more cancer scares since then. I had to taper off venlafaxine before surgery for that suspected carcinoid tumor ten weeks ago. I've resumed the 150mg daily dose of Effexor as I was just too down in the dumps too often without it and a truly safe withdrawal actually takes years.
I can literally say that Effexor has saved my life. When everything was piling up on me a couple years ago I felt I was going crazy. And I couldn't get anyone to help me. Those who knew me on that other message board when all of that was going on may remember the old me. Ken (Pratoman) was the one who convinced me that antidepressants do not carry the stigma that once went with psych medications, and he also referred me to Healing Well.
I now have a psychiatrist and I moderate a Facebook group on cancer and depression. I've pretty much concluded that I will probably be taking Effexor or something similar for the rest of my life. It has worked very well for me. Getting off of it after long term use would be very difficult. Taking a capsule every morning is a small price to pay for the peace that has taken over my life in place of all the chaos from just a couple years ago.
Someone should have told me about
this a long time ago.
2014-15: PSA's 9, 12, 20, 25, Neg DRE's, false neg TRUS biopsy
6/16: MRI Fusion biopsy, 6 pos Rt Base, 2x40%+2x100% G8(4+4)
8/16: DaVinci RP, 3 foci EPE, PNI, 11 LN-, 53g, 25%, BL SVI, pT3b
1/17: 18 months Lupron, PSA's ~.03
5/17: AMS800 implant, revised 6/17
8/17: 39 tx RapidArc IMRT (70 Gy)
1/18, 4/18, 7/18: PSA's 0.0, T=9
4/18 Dx Radiation Colitis (PRD)
10/18 Tx Sclerosing Mesenteritis
Post Edited (RobLee) : 1/23/2019 2:41:00 PM (GMT-7)