Glad you've updated as I was wondering about you.
This PSA "bounce" business is a nuisance but at least if there is a reasonable explanation (still have margins of of prostate unaffected by the seeds in our case) we can understand it.
John's has gone down slightly from the previous PSA and is now 0.5ug which, like you, we are assured is fine. If it stays in that area we can live with that.
At least it is down from before when we saw the trainee who told us it will rise and continue to rise!!
Our GP has very kindly agreed to check the PSA at 3 month intervals to keep "the wife from fretting" so I'm happy with that.
John is more laid back and would have waited for the 6 month ones.
As for bowels, I would definitely not take any notice of "It's just IBS" if this is something you have not suffered from in the past.
Yes I can appreciate that the seeds in the area they were implanted can cause irritation and therefore some mucus, but because of the prior warnings we received regarding bowel cancer a possibility at some stage in the future, I will be quietly taking note if John says anything about mucus etc.
Any change in bowel movements should be taken seriously,especially if it is recent. I's too easy for consultants to dismiss the symptoms, just because they mimic something else.
John's very private as far as his nether regions are concerned so I have to be clever and ask at the right time.
I just did and he has no problems or anything unusual at present.
Not that that's saying much, it might have started happening several months ago and now be normal for him and he won't have thought to mention it to me earlier!! He has had bowel problems for many years anyway so he just accepts what happens to them !!
He does still have urgency though.
John doesn't take the Tamsulosin any more, in fact his current problems are urgency so to his thinking Tamsulosin will only make that worse.
I think his next appointment is November so I shall make sure he mentions it.
He is packing the Tamsulosin though without any prompting. We go away for two weeks tomorrow and he's obviously thinking ahead, that's unusual in itself!
Good to hear from you and that, in general, all is well.