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   Posted 8/16/2007 12:14 AM (GMT -6)   
I have severe low back pain pain in both hips and into the groin. My MRI does show bulging discs, spinal stenosis and facet hypertrophy. However, one surgeon feels that I should get a bone scan because of the level of pain I'm experiencing.
I have had burning with ejaculation, chills, all-over feeling of pain.
Can this be prostate cancer metastisized?

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   Posted 8/16/2007 12:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Alan,

Go back to your doc and ask for a PSA test. Its a simple blood test and will indicate prostate cancer if you have it. PCa has no physical symptoms in its early stages.


Age 73. Diagnosed 11/03/06. PSA 7.05. Stage T2C Gleason 3+3.
RRP 12/7/06. Nerves and nodes okay.
Pathological stage: T2C. Gleason 3+4. Cancer confined to prostate.
PSAs from  1/3/07 - 7/18/07 0.00. 
T level on 4/2/07 - 48     On 7/16/07 - 613
Started .10 ml Tri-Mix on 8/7/07.  It works!!!
Next PSA and T tests on 10/17/07
"Patience is essential, attitude is everything."

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   Posted 8/16/2007 1:19 AM (GMT -6)   
That is true but my feeling is that I might have had this for some time. I have some major lumbar problems that seemed to be causing my pain, but one Surgeon felt that the pain was coming from something else like cancer.


Tony Crispino
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   Posted 8/16/2007 1:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Alan,
Not likely. That "doctor" should have not speculated. There are difinitive ways of determining cancer. Especially prostate cancer. First a PSA test with a DRE. Then a biopsy. In 95% of the cases it is confirmed or not. In 100% of advanced prostate disease is confirmed. You have to force this question to your doctor. I responded you elsewhere. Tell us more about your age and family history with PCa and anything else that makes you think you have this disease.

Age 45 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8
Surgery on Feb 16, 2007
Post-Op Pathology was poor: Gleason 4+3=7, 4 positive margins, Stage pT3b (Stage III)
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
My PSA did drop out after surgery to undetectable.  It has not returned and I will continue HT until January '08.
My Life is supported very well by family and friends like you all.

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   Posted 8/16/2007 9:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Alan,

I just wanted to add that you should get the free psa blood test done as well as the psa. Your symptoms may not at all be related to PCa. Keep us posted.

Best of luck to you.


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   Posted 8/16/2007 5:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Alan,

Don't delay any longer. Go to your Urologist asap, and get those tests. Worrying does not help cure those pains. I hope it is nothing serious; then you can spend your time more productively planning an "End of Summer BBQ".

Good Luck,

Diagnosed at age 60
PSA went from 2.2 to 3.8 in 14 months
2 of 14 cores positive at 10%
Gleason 6(3+3), negative DRE, neg. boundaries
DaVinci surgery on 02/23/06

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   Posted 8/17/2007 12:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Actually, what I failed to mention is that my Dad passed from Prostate Cancer and my sister is a breast cancer survivor.

My concern is that the back pain is so severe that it is bone cancer metasisized (sic) from another location. I also have severe leg weakness and no left leg reflex.


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   Posted 8/17/2007 1:17 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi wolftrades,


All of us are hoping there is another explanation for your pain.  Having two in my family with back problems, they have had pains similar to your with pinched nerves.


Like others have said, an inexpensive PSA test and perhaps a follow-up DRE is in order to start answering some questions.


Wishing you the best!



Age: 54
PSA: 4.3
Biopsy: T1c, 3+3=6, 2 pos. samples in one node, <5% volume
Da Vinci 31 Jul 2007: saved nerve bundle on side of non-cancerous node
Final pathology: Confined to prostate, T2a, 3+3=6, <1% volume
Working to get back into good shape
Waiting to take that first post-op PSA

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   Posted 8/17/2007 3:41 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Alan, having experienced 2 laminectomies, and a triple L4 L5 S1 fusion of the spine, and can say that if you have bulging discs they are most certainly impinging on the nerves including sciatic, this pain is terrible, probably the worst around, the pain sometimes refers to the pelvic area too.

If you have any doubts, by all means have both the bone scan, PSA, and DRE, but I feel you are heading for a bit of work on your back also, if you have the tests, at least you can eliminate the fears of other things affecting you.

If you need any help re back problems, please feel free to contact me. I wish you well.


Regards Mal.

age 66 PSA 5.8 DRE slightly firm Rt
Biopsy 2nd July 07 5 out of 12 positive
Gleason 3+4=7  right side tumour adenocarcinoma stage T2a
RP on 30th July,
Post op Pathology, tumour stage T3a 4+3=7, microcsopic evidence of capsular penetration, seminal vessels, bladder neck, free of tumour, lymph nodes clear, no evidence of metastatic malignancy, tumour does not extend to the apical margins.

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