I have been diagnosed for about 2 years now and have been on Prostap for just over 4 months with a view to radiotherapy starting early April. Oh the joy....
When I got my first months worth of Prostap not a lot seemed to change, including my psa which didn't drop at the rate the oncology nurse thought. However I found myself exercising harder and faster due to the horrific side effects I was anticipating. Had to force myself to stop going down that path..... The second injection which was 3 months worth had a bad effect. I got a sciatica like pain in both hips almost immediately, that made it difficult to walk and took 5 weeks to wear off. As it says on the tin, it also removed all my masculinity, gave me headaches, insomnia and I started to notice weight gain around the middle after a weight loss which might have been stress related. As Lynn has suggested elsewhere on this forum, I think this pain was muscle loss, particularly as I can now sink my hand into my thighs and buttocks like I never could before.
I have been a keen runner all my life; not marathon level, but fit enough that I can run 6 miles and not be frightened it's bringing on a heart attack! Generally I ran 3 - 4 times a week doing 4 - 6 miles each time. Kept me happy. Now I go to the gym and work through a program of weights suggested by my friend who's a personal trainer and I still go what I would call "social" swimming which I've also done for a while. My "social" cycling seems to be a no no due to the gold seeds I now have up my ar*e and the impending radiotherapy.
Going to the gym is a new thing to me so I can't say what I might have been like before, and the "social" cycling and swimming are just that - not pushing too hard so can't compare there either. However, when running I wear a Garmin watch, which actually I don't need to monitor the decrepitude that has befallen me. Whereas 6 miles was no trouble and I enjoyed going out and listening to the birds singing, I now can barely run 2 miles and have to stop innumerable times even then. The Garmin tells me my pace is down, which I can tell, but even my gate has changed for the worse and I get even more time to listen to the birds as I have to stop loads.
I find that the changes Prostap has given me humiliating and now that I have got rid of the pain and should be able to run again, it just embarrasses me and compounds the shame that I can't even approach what I did only 6 weeks ago.
All the leaflets and online stuff seem to recommend that I keep up "moderate" exercise in order to "slow down" the muscle wastage, but with the lack of nhs support on preemptive recovery in other areas (down below; to remove doubt!) I was keen to take control of this one last thing. So my question is this; With a proper program of exercise, can muscle wastage be reversed as you might expect a regular gym goer to gain muscle, or is it purely going to postpone the inevitable?