Way to go, Jim!
Congratulations on your lift! I am so glad for you. Still waiting to get that feeling. I want some of that injection stuff. I gonna ask about
that when I go in again.
Pete, I am using Androgel 1% 5 mg, one packet each morning, and have for one and a half weeks. No change of any level noticed yet. I had two months worth left from before my diagnosis, and they were only one month over expiration date, so my pharmacist told me they'd still be good for another two-three months. Didn't want to waste the medicine or the money, so I'm trying to use it up and then get fresh. My doc prescribed Testim for me because he liked the absorption of it better than Androgel, but he said I could use up the A-gel first.
I tried the Testim samples he gave me for 2 days, but it has an odor of musk cologne (that can't be the odor of testosterone, because A-gel doesn't have it). Didn't like musk cologne in my college days, and it is still hard for me to take, though I will, if it makes you feel that good -it didn't in two days for me. Kinda weird they would put cologne in medicine, especially a cologne that not everyone would like, but whatever.
PSA (10/04): 2.9; PSA (2/06):4.4, on Androgel (serum T about 450) at age 56; negative DRE, no symptoms.
PSA (5/06):5.7 with a free PSA% of 8, OFF Androgel (serum T 163).
Biopsy (5/06): 4/12 samples positive; postitive samples only on right side; max Gleason 4+3=7 (in 2 of the 4 -from area nearest bladder. One was 40% of sample, the others less than a mm. thick.
DaVinci robotic-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy + bladder lift + Right nerve plastic surgery (8/23/06).
Catheter out 4 weeks postop, due to internal pinhole leak at bladder-urethra junction.
Pads-Not needed after about 2 weeks post-cath, but gotta go a lot more often.
Final pathology report:T2c-both sides,but in capsule; neg. margins, neg. lymph nodes, neg. seminal vesicles; final max Gleason still 4+3=7.
1st Follow-up PSA (11/7/06): <0.008 !!!; serum T: 195 - still OFF Androgel (at present). Low T may delay return of erectile function (in presence of one damaged nerve).
2nd Follow-up PSA (3/19/07): <0.003 !!!; serum T: pending
Testosterone Level (3/19/07): 163, down from November 2006!
Uro-Endocrinology Consult (3/28/07): Prescribed Testim gel 1% once a day, and recheck PSA and T-level in a month.