Dave Brailsford prostate cancer

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  • johngti said:

    Can I just ask how you knew you had a developing problem? I’ve had a PSA test recently that didn’t show anything abnormal but...

    For me it was an uncomfortable ache in my perineum, perfectly described as like sitting on a golf ball. Coupled with a restricted flow that has been slowing for probably 5 or 6 years. I'm 59 btw. It came on after driving about 3500 miles in 10 days.

    My doc ordered a blood and wee test, which showed no UTI and a PSA of 1.6. He ummed and arr'ed a bit then said go to see a specialist. Largely because the tests didn't explain my discomfort.

    Having had a finger and a probe up where the sun don't shine, ultrasound scan of my kidneys and bladder, then a camera down the Ol' Fella, the specialist's best guess is either prostatitis or neuralgia. I'm on pills for the next three months to see if things improve. If not it could be an MRI scan or a nerve blocking injection.

    I'm also going to start doing some exercises to see if that improves anything.

    Some people reckon the PSA test is flawed, in that it can through up false readings. For me, if the test is high then it'll be investigated, if the test is low then it likely won't be, but you will have established a base score which can be reviewed on your next test.

    AFAIK there is no definitive test for what is now the most common form of cancer in men.

    Do you have any other symptoms?
  • orraloonorraloon Posts: 5,451
    I reckon if you are concerned that something may be wrong, then do go get it checked out pronto.

    I had / have similar symptoms to RR with low flow and increased urgency. With SDB's issues this year, it prompted me to go get seen, partic after counting back and realising the last time I had a PSA test was 2005/6. GP on it, got ultrasound scanned within a week. PSA came back with 1.35, scans showed bladder not emptying fully so been given some tabs to help relax the smooth muscle, we'll see how that does, early doors but condition seems to be improving.

    Current thinking is yes, prostate enlarged so impacting urinary flow but no indications of cancer.

    Life, eh.
  • johngtijohngti Posts: 696
    PSA was 0.6 which is about what it was a couple of years ago. Flow seems ok most of the time but slow to start sometimes. Notice that when I have to go, I HAVE to go! Not getting up in the night or anything. I’m soon to be 51. Probably see how it goes for the next few months and maybe pop back to the GP.

    TMI?
  • johngti said:

    PSA was 0.6 which is about what it was a couple of years ago. Flow seems ok most of the time but slow to start sometimes. Notice that when I have to go, I HAVE to go! Not getting up in the night or anything. I’m soon to be 51. Probably see how it goes for the next few months and maybe pop back to the GP.

    TMI?

    If it worries you, then go see a doctor, if it's the same as last time then it shouldn't be a problem, but hey, I'm some bloke on a forum, not a doctor.

    Your flow will slow down as you get older, it does, we are getting old, sadly. I think it's more of a problem if you can't go, or it's an urgent need always. The docs seem to always ask about if you can sleep through without getting up if you stop drinking about 8 or 9pm.


  • ridgeriderridgerider Posts: 2,752
    edited December 2019
    There is no such thing as TMI on this thread.

    1. Your body seems to be telling you something, go and see your doctor.
    2. I'm also a bloke on the internet, but I once had a similar urgency problem and the doctor diagnosed a urinary tract infection. Antibiotics and lots of cranberry juice sorted it.
    Half man, Half bike...and now more familiar with the work of Prostate Cancer UK
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    Wonders idly whether SDB has come across this thread...
  • philbar72philbar72 Posts: 2,210

    philbar72 said:



    I hope recovery goes well chaps.

    Thanks very much, very kind of you.

    I'm hoping my pills (permixon) are going to do the trick, they're a natural product apparently, with pretty good results in tests.

    Has the ciproflaxin done the trick?

    I've got the second of my challenges for this week in the morning..... having a tooth extracted, which scares me more than the camera (yeah big wuss). Then a few days of recovering and then I'll be back on the bike.

    Great thread this, good to know there's such nice people out there.

    Thanks again

    its worked, and I am over most of the symptoms. no acute prostatitis. but getting older means its not as good as it was so I should expect a few minor issues.

  • orraloonorraloon Posts: 5,451
    Gym session this morning, got chatting with, or more like listening to this guy describing in full, frank, candid...terms his experiences of being treated for prostate cancer. PSA test picked it up. Had hormone therapy, ladies' hormones as he termed it to reduce testosterone levels, and radiotherapy. Seems to have caught the cancer before it had spread out wider in body.

    Fair play to him, he's in his 70s, he's coming off the hormones now, had put on 3.5st in weight, developed large moobs, zero energy, zero downstairs sensations; joined the gym couple weeks ago to try to shed some weight and regain body shape, got himself an e-bike (good luck in this weather). Maybe eyeballing the gym bunnies will assist 😉

    Gets retested in a few weeks time, hope it goes well for him.

    Another reminder: get checked regularly.
  • ridgeriderridgerider Posts: 2,752
    It was good to meet you Orra'
    Half man, Half bike...and now more familiar with the work of Prostate Cancer UK
  • orraloonorraloon Posts: 5,451
    😊 ah sheeitt man, you should have said, we could have gone over to the Pizza Hut for a covfefe and a chat...
  • ridgeriderridgerider Posts: 2,752
    An interesting development here...

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-50249857

    Fingers might still be involved, but avoiding having to have a biopsy is a bonus...
    Half man, Half bike...and now more familiar with the work of Prostate Cancer UK
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