I'm interested in conversations about and I want to talk about
Know exactly what you want?
Show search

Notification

Error

Ever Decreasing Circles part three

User
Posted 13 Aug 2018 at 11:50
I have many physical limitations around mobility I did not have six years ago but you can make sense of that. Fatigue is more subtle and multi-dimensional and I hope the blog illustrates this.
User
Posted 05 Sep 2018 at 12:45
Ok latest 4 weekly catch up a bit disturbing. Suddenly PSA has jumped from 12 to 19.26. It is either the start of rejection of enzalutimide or an anomaly. Onco checking every avenue. He thinks that my clinical signs remain good so we continue for four weeks. But CT Scan to be done to check there is no disease progression in soft tissues. Also urology tomorrow to see how far the problems there might be interfering with PSA. Unsettling times. Felt a bit down last night but I keep going as always.
User
Posted 05 Sep 2018 at 13:34

Hi Paul,


Good to hear you are still keeping going. Sorry to read about that jump though. Hope it pans out okay?


kr


dave

Do all you can to help yourself, then make the best of your time. :-)
User
Posted 05 Sep 2018 at 15:53

Sorry to read about the jump in PSA Paul. I sincerely hope it’s a blip rather than a trend.


Good to see you co to fight.


Best wishes,


Ian

User
Posted 05 Sep 2018 at 17:53
Eeeeek - let's focus on the possibility that it is an anomaly
"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards." Soren Kierkegaard
User
Posted 05 Sep 2018 at 18:15
Fingers crossed for you Paul.
We can't control the winds - but we can adjust our sails
User
Posted 05 Sep 2018 at 21:36

Paul


A bit tish, hope it is a blip,keep going mate.


Thanks Chris

User
Posted 05 Sep 2018 at 21:54
Fingers crossed, mate!

Carpe Prostatem

User
Posted 06 Sep 2018 at 18:28
Ok urology report. Not too much to stay. No infection. Retention smallish (119 ml). Immediate strategy, self-catherisation at night after lower drink intake post 6 pm. Monitor intake and expel of urine over three days. Return in a few weeks to see if this has made a difference. Possible to add a tablet which increases bladder control. Will consider this after above has been tried. If both fail last resort find ways to keep dry at night through a sheath. They want to see if they can stop it first. So pretty thorough and let’s hope I get some improvement.

The joy of self-catherisation again but only once a day.
User
Posted 06 Sep 2018 at 19:02

Paul - sorry to see the trials you're going through.  Hope things settle down. 


Ulsterman

User
Posted 06 Sep 2018 at 22:59
Fingers crossed for the improvement Paul. You’ve managed the self-cathing in the past so hopefully this won’t prove to be to much of an issue for you

Bri
User
Posted 02 Oct 2018 at 11:41
So my oncologist has gone, replacement not coming. So I saw another consultant from Sheffield who was fine. PSA up slightly to 23.16. CT Scan was fine apart from a kidney issue. He is happy to continue regime whilst urology look at kidney issue. Functioning of kidney has not been good for while and scan reveals blockages in the tubes. Scan does not show it is cancer and hopefully it is not. Urology will look at it and decide how best to unblock via stents or an external bag. So it’s an issue but hopefully not cancer-related. Otherwise I continue for 4 weeks as before. Not bad really.

Saw urology nurse yesterday who has prescribed a tablet to reduce bladder contractions which alongside self catherisation it is hoped will reduce nighttime wetness. If this fails it will be down to keeping me dry via sheaths or pads.

So on-going issues and usual side effects but still on enzalutimide for another 4 weeks. So I am happy with that.
User
Posted 02 Oct 2018 at 11:46
Good news and another few weeks of breathing space for you.

But something bad has happened and your sign in name has been changed to your email address - eeeek!
"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards." Soren Kierkegaard
User
Posted 02 Oct 2018 at 12:06
Thanks Lyn i’ve Corrected it I hope.
User
Posted 03 Oct 2018 at 15:56

Paul


Keep going mate, the joys of ISC. Just being nosey, what meds have you been prescribed for the bladder ?


Thanks Chris

User
Posted 03 Oct 2018 at 19:39
As stoic as ever Paul. Good you are continuing with the Enza and obviously hoping they sort the kidney problem. Are you still getting about with your scooter?

Bri
User
Posted 03 Oct 2018 at 20:20

My view is that the kidney issue is more diabetic related Paul (same as my father) keep an eye on arteries (heart/kidney) which often become constricted due to diabetic progression. Where does your Onco see you heading next after Enza. Does he think there are any trials for nuclear treatments that should be considered or possible.


Fresh

Base jumping without a parachute should be frowned at, never criticised. Fresh

User
Posted 03 Oct 2018 at 22:03
Chris I am taking Toviaz fesoterodine fumarate 4mg one tablet daily. First two days have not been encouraging.

Brian, I get on the scooter quite a bit mainly when I am with my son. Confidence has took a bit of a beating and going out on my own feels quite challenging. But happier if with others.

Fresh I guess it could be diabetic but it’s been in reasonable control for a while now. Not due to see my consultant on that until next March which is annoying,

I will have either chemo or radium 223 if I choose to go with either but that can all depend too on how they resolve the kidney issue. So the longer on enzalutimide, the less I need to make decisions on what next,
User
Posted 03 Oct 2018 at 22:12

Paul


I have tried about 5 different bladder relaxing medications and they do take about a week to kick in. Like others have commented on here they sometimes lose thier effectiveness after a while, not tried the one you are on. Best wishes.


Thanks Chris

User
Posted 19 Oct 2018 at 16:04
So next steps on the kidney issue. I’ll try and give a summary. Saw my favourite urologist today which was great. There were a number of possibilities, some worse than others which he investigated via a flexible cystoscopy. Not easy but got through it. There is good news. Lots of debris in bladder (old books, articles, clothes etc etc) but it indicates that the kidney blockages are being caused through taking up this debris. So no stoma bags for now, no turp to clear out urethra, but most likely is a permanent catheter. You can imagine I greeted this with a whoop. If this works, dry nights, no getting caught short, bladder clears kidney tubes and therefore kidney function improves and I feel better. So they have given me the weekend to think it through and it will be fitted Monday. The doc plus The nurse practitioner were brilliant, I got a bit upset. It’s been difficult coping with all the side effects from this so if this works my quality of life should improve. This solution is the least invasive so there is good news in there somewhere as bladder otherwise was ok. So another circle disappears and life continues. Just hope it gives me better sleep and maybe I can get used to it.
User
Posted 19 Oct 2018 at 16:21

Paul


Are we talking supra pubic , uretheral or something slightly different ? I have had a SPC for about 18 months night times are great, attach a night bag open the tap and wake up hours later. Day time is slightly different, the natural function ot the bladder does kick in even when I am on free drainage so a pad is still required. The amount of leaking is easily managed. I joined a urostomy awareness Facebook site they do seem to struggle with attaching bags to the skin and lots of leaks. I will stick with the SPC for now. 


Best wishes Chris


 

User
Posted 19 Oct 2018 at 17:21
The words supra pubic were not used so I assume normal catheter.
User
Posted 23 Oct 2018 at 12:23
Turned out to be a difficult day yesterday. Catheter went in, no problem and was draining well but then I got pain at the end of my penis which would not shift. At times it was unbearable. Nurse tried a number if things but it did not improve, so after a harrowing 90 minutes she removed the catheter. So felt tired and washed out last night and the old regime of short sleeps and wet beds were back.

Tiday feel ok but awaiting news as to what they will try next, after all this was designed to solve kidney problem. Another day in the life to deal with.
User
Posted 24 Oct 2018 at 06:43

Have you considered an external catheter?


They use a condom style attachment rather than inserting a tube.


Amazon has them.


P

Edited by member 24 Oct 2018 at 06:45  | Reason: Not specified

Carpe Prostatem

User
Posted 24 Oct 2018 at 07:31
Paul,
Conveen Optima | Conveen® Optima
http://coloplast.co.uk

AdDiscreet High Quality Urisheaths. Easy to Use. Order a Sample now.
Find out about the discreet alternative to mens incontinence pads with our external ...
Types: Customizable Urinebag, Customizable Diameter, Conveen Optima Catheter
You have visited coloplast.co.uk once in last 90 days

Free on the NHS I am now using them I find them very good
Barry
User
Posted 24 Oct 2018 at 10:40
I have looked at the convenient sheaths and this would help the night time leakage. However the reason for the catheter was to solve the problem of my kidneys getting blocked. This is the main medical issue. I am awaiting next steps on ways to resolve the kidney issue but if it can be done without a bag or catheter then I will be able to look into the sheaths.
User
Posted 24 Oct 2018 at 10:41
This is ridiculous, how do you feel about getting a supra-pubic instead? Or was it a different type of plastic to the ones you usually self-catheterise with? Some people are very allergic to some catheter tubes.

I hope they call you back in with a solution quickly x
"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards." Soren Kierkegaard
User
Posted 24 Oct 2018 at 22:58
I was surprised and disappointed as it was suggested this would deal with the kidney problem. Obviously I have to see what they suggest next and whether they would try a catheter again or other versions or something more direct with the kidneys - stoma bags and stents have been suggested. For now a bit in limbo as I wait for the view of the urologist.
User
Posted 31 Oct 2018 at 11:16
So four weekly oncologist check up again. Another new temporary medical oncologist (what’s the difference between a medical and clinical oncologist) but she was fine. Understood where I was at and given everything going on in urological area a slight PSA rise was largely discounted. -26 now. But she talked of having chemo before I was not well enough to have it but agreed to continue same enzalutimide treatment for another 4 weeks. So good news really. Also kidney function improved down from 141 to 116 which is where it was 2 months ago. Not sure what is the normal range but the washout I had with the cystoscopy must have helped unblock the tubes. Again good news.

Then went for zometa infusion and weight down again by 4gs in four weeks. Now this is the best diet I have ever been on but maybe not healthy. Because I was so overweight I am getting back to a reasonable weight which is cool but eating remains a problem as do the wet nights. Urologist in two weeks hope some solutions around the corner.
User
Posted 31 Oct 2018 at 12:18

You have a lot going on Paul but a good few positives there.


I hope you get some sort of solution on the wet nights.


Best wishes,


Ian

User
Posted 31 Oct 2018 at 15:31
Thanks Ian it’s the ancillary problems which make some days (and most nights) difficult but we keep going.
User
Posted 10 Nov 2018 at 20:46

I haven't been on the site regularly for some time but it's good to see one or two familiar posts from fellow urological explorers; even explainers!


Now well into my 15th year on HRT (prostap) and turned 83, I don't expect to be bouncing around but I still enjoy green bowling indoor or out between hot flush type moments. PSA was 8.8 in May; doubled in two years.  Currently concerned for my 50 year old son who is due to have a prostate biopsy next week, following a recent MRI scan found a suspect area. As I was adopted and have no knowledge of my father or his medical history it remains a blank slate. Often wonder if a DNA check would help. 


Not had chance to look at other threads but I don't feel my prostate experience has equipped me to offer advice or detailed events when most new members are looking for some positive encouragement midst their fears and uncertainty. I would like to say that the post code lottery attached to many other health issues applies equally to prostate matters. I think that is evident reading the various postings on every aspect of this infernal problem.


Thank you to those whose words of encouragement have helped me on this site and those who continue not realising the good they convey.

Edited by member 10 Nov 2018 at 21:06  | Reason: Not specified

User
Posted 10 Nov 2018 at 23:38

Originally Posted by: Online Community Member


Now well into my 15th year on HRT (prostap) and turned 83, I don't expect to be bouncing around but I still enjoy green bowling indoor or out between hot flush type moments. PSA was 8.8 in May; doubled in two years. 


Not had chance to look at other threads but I don't feel my prostate experience has equipped me to offer advice or detailed events when most new members are looking for some positive encouragement midst their fears and uncertainty.



 


As a new member on here I would disagree with your last paragraph! The fact that you have been on HT for 15 years and are still enjoying bowling is certainly 'positive encouragement' for most people who are just starting out on their own journey. Everyone needs some hope that maybe treatment may last as long and work as well for them. It is far too easy to give in to the fears and uncertainty that surround this condition and be dragged down by it.


 

 
Forum Jump  
©2018 Prostate Cancer UK