Hi to everyone,
I am a 49 year old male living in Shropshire.
A little context, because i think this has a huge bearing on my concerns and concerns..
At the start of this year I started having incredible chronic stress. This has continued and has only slightly oblieviated now.
From approx June until Oct I was only sleeping approx 2 hours per night- sometime no sleep at all
i literally ran on adrenaline for about 3 months- I could not sleep in the daytime no matter how i tried. I only slept those couple of hours per night through exhaustion- my mind and body were in total “fight or flight“ mode and locked into it.
i lost approx 1 stone in weight- but I’m now putting it back on slowly.
all this has been caused by huge financial worries, and breakdown in marriage.
Anti-depressants and sleeping tabs didn’t work.
many times during the year I’ve felt suicidal.
At it’s worst the stress got me going to the loo many times during the night / day.
my nerves have calmed slightly but still go in the night a couple of times and in the day (when my mind runs away with itself)- many times. And when I do , it can be a real sudden urge to go (both no.1 and no.2’s)- with an inability to hold it for long.
Not sure if all the stress caused IBS but had dreadful flatulence and sometimes when I burp it literally smells of feces. Ive read this may be because ive tensed my stomach muscles for so long that food is backing up in my digestive system.
so yes, I’m in a bit of a mess really. So why am I posting here?
whn I went through the above with my GP- she got me to do a urine dip test. They found a trace of blood in it. So she then got me to do a full blood test to check for everything- including a PSA Test.
All blood have come back in the “Normal” range- HOWEVER....
My only other PSA Test was 4 years ago in 2014. It was then 0.7.
The result last week was 2.3.
My GP has said that they are not concerned at this stage as it’s below the 2.5 threshold.
But in my mind, thats quite a rise from 0.7 to 2.3 in 4 years. And I’m thinking that all this chronic stress has lowered my immune system and allowed / promoted something nasty to grow.
my GP’s plan is to test again in 6 months time- but no further action for now???
What do you guys think?
Many thanks indeed.