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I'm not the only one...Prostate Health and Colon Health too!

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by Black Wolf, Dec 27, 2017.

  1. Feb 24, 2021 at 5:02 PM
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    Hi all... rather new here to this site. (and this Thread... just seen it now)

    I had my Prostrate removed in March 2017. Guessing by reading the threads above i am not different than anyone else. This sucks the big one... the whole way around, left / right or up / down.

    BUT... after learning how to pee again (without going in my pants!) I am very fortunate to have my wife and backing from a lot of very good friends....and doing very well at the moment... Big key here. Get out with it and talk about it with everyone in your circles. This will help some of the younger guys face the facts and be more comfortable with getting tested before it is to late. I wish my dad was here to add to this ...he passed away because of prostrate cancer. He WAS the BIG TOUGH GUY!.

    For you big tough guys out there...this is nothing to play around with... Trust me. It will beat you if you don't deal with it right away. No second chances here. Some very easy simple tests will keep you alive. ( ALIVE!!! just think about it.)

    Jeff R.
     
  2. Feb 24, 2021 at 5:05 PM
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    Couldn't have said it better than myself Jeff! I thought this thread was not only a great idea but a WARNING :thumbsup:
     
  3. Feb 25, 2021 at 7:01 PM
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    I had my prostate removed in 2018 followed up with radiation treatments 8 months later because they found some cancer cells outside the prostate. PSA has been >0.001 since then. Anyways, I have a close circle of friends I have known for 30+ years. 3 of the guys still refuse to have a digital rect...well, you know. They say "No way a doc is sticking his finger up there." Mind numbing to me. Hang in there Matt and all others dealing with this. We'll get through it. Keep up with the positive atitude and enjoy life to the fullest.
     
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  4. Apr 11, 2021 at 7:21 PM
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    Got my latest bloodwork Thursday morning and had my TeleHealth Zoom meeting with my doc at 1:30 that afternoon. My PSA went up to 1.3. Not a bad thing because now my insurance will authorize the very expensive Acumen PET Scan. My Vitamin D levels literally fell off the plank so I was "prescribed" a scrip to take 1 VD (no not that kind of VD......) pill once a week for the next 8 weeks. Each pill is 50,000 units...:eek2: I need the scan this week or the week after next because the week of the 19th I will be in wonderful Boulder that whole week for a critical military defense contractor onsite and have to drive my Venom up there each day. Good thing I have no anti hippie stickers on my truck. In all seriousness the Acumen PET Scan should finally determine where my cancer has popped up so it can be treated......whatever that might entail.......
     
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  5. Apr 11, 2021 at 7:23 PM
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    Best wishes Matt.
     
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  6. Apr 11, 2021 at 7:51 PM
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    Thanks for that! I've got so many other "things" going on that the cancer come back has been off my mind but now.............:notsure:
     
  7. Apr 11, 2021 at 7:59 PM
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    Hang in there, brother Matt.
     
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    I'm a big believer in the power of having a positive attitude. Some things are out of our control, but we still have a say in the way we fight things.
     
  9. Apr 11, 2021 at 8:12 PM
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    Thanks Mike!
     
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    Hell yes!, disregard that flag at the end. :)
     
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    Flag was for interference on the ref.....ha!
     
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  13. Apr 11, 2021 at 8:19 PM
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    We are all here for you Matt!! Thanks to you and this thread I made the decision to go get checked out...going in for a colonoscopy and endoscopy at the end of the month. So thank you brother!! Please keep us informed and let us know if you need anything!
     
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  14. Apr 11, 2021 at 8:39 PM
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    Thanks Ron. Those two tests suck but only a few hours of your time. You will love the night before colonoscopy prep...heh...heh..
     
  15. Apr 11, 2021 at 8:40 PM
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    Got to hit the rack now. Up at 5.
     
  16. Apr 12, 2021 at 4:40 AM
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    Good to hear they will do the PET scan. Insurance coverage seems to be more questionable these last couple years. I hope all goes well.
     
  17. Apr 12, 2021 at 4:45 AM
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    Morning Matt.... best whishes and hope things turn around for ya!!!
     
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  18. Apr 12, 2021 at 5:01 AM
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    Thanks! It's simply a matter of pinpointing the location of where the cancer is and attacking it.
     
  19. Apr 12, 2021 at 5:22 AM
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    NewImprovedRon Hey! Get off my grass!

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    Congrats on getting your vaccination set up, Matt. I've had both of of mine (Pfizer) as of the end of February. I feel better about getting it done but now there are all these different mutations showing up. It will probably turn into something akin to the flu vaccination that you need to get every year.
     
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  20. Apr 12, 2021 at 5:28 AM
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    I got my 2nd shot about 3 weeks ago. I need to get that PET scan to get a better idea on what's going on. The CAT and bone scans I had came up negative. Weird.
     
  21. Apr 12, 2021 at 5:49 AM
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    Hang tough, Matt! Prayers being sent your way.
     
  22. Apr 14, 2021 at 3:21 PM
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    Welp, just found out that the Acumen PET scan was denied again. Even though my PSA climbed 0.5 in 2 months and hit 1.3 it was denied again because my last Cat and Bone scans came back negative. WTF? Back to the drawing board......fun times indeed!
     
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    Hate to hear that, Matt! So they (insurance?) is saying the Cat and Bone scans are as good as the Acumen PET Scan and is equating them? That doesn't sound right and hopefully your doctor can convince them accordingly.
     
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    It's a 3rd party decision. Doc has 45 days to appeal the latest decision. I'll have another bloodwork by then. After 45 days if the appeal fails then my doc simply resubmits another scan request. Somewhat nuts since this same 3rd party authorized my Zytiga scrip for 2 years at $248!

    Edit......There is a new 3rd party involved with
    medical decisions with my insurance.
     
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    Bummer. I was trying to get a complete physical scheduled but was informed medicare and my BCBS which I pay a lot for does not cover. The Politics of this country is screwing the retirees imo.
     
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  28. Apr 18, 2021 at 4:59 PM
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    Wishing the best to you Matt... dealing with insurance companies is just ... I just don't see how an insurance company decides what you get. It should be the doctor(s). Insurance company's bit should be just to PAY, and make sure the cost is inline, not way out of wack (like a 10 dollar aspirin). My sister passed away from cancer less than two weeks ago, and she was fighting till the end to get approved by the insurance company for a drug her Dr wanted to prescribe that could have put it in remission. Issue was, it was expensive so insurance dicks around, puts it off and hopes you go away. It's just plain wrong.
     
  29. Apr 18, 2021 at 5:14 PM
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    I'm so sorry you lost your sister. I never had issues with my insurance until lately. Something has changed since this past January 20th. Could be just a coincidence. All of a sudden a new 3rd party arbitrator is making decisions with my BCBS insurance. I don't believe in coincidence. I'm just an old man with a pickup truck....trying to make sense of things too.
     
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    This is the new 3rd party that popped out of nowhere ...20210418_183150.jpg
    "Innovative Solutions" my ass............
     
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