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#1 of 47 Old 11-14-2008, 02:00 PM - Thead Starter
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That's what my GP told me about a month and 1/2 ago. It was time for my annual physical. I felt great. All of the tests were good. Blood Pressure, weight, Heart Rate - everything was going good. Of course, they had to wait for the blood test results.

I received the call two days before my daughters wedding, "Mr Ford: Your PSA test came back too high - we need to refer you to a Urologist"..

For those who don't know - PSA is the test that screens for Prostrate Cancer. I'm not used to getting anything other than - Everything is fine.

So.. off to the new doctor. As he explained the results and kept using the "Cancer" word - it was like a movie... He told me what the result should be for a man my age.. (you know how THAT sounds??? ). He even described what would happen if the new test indicated Cancer.. walking me through the process and what would be next... ****, I hadn't even failed the test yet - but he was efficient and wanted me to know - just in case...

The next blood test was more exacting - but the waiting period for the results was now 7 days and not 2 days... The results? Undetermined.. The score was 'iffy'.. not too high but not low enough to discount the first test result.

So - for the last 30 days, I've had the unknown hovering over my head as I have been on anti-biotics ahead of repeating the last test. 30 times taking a pill every night - reminding me each time that I could have cancer. 30 days during a time when I've got plenty of other things to keep me awake at night - this was one I didn't need.

I went in last Friday for a retest. Today - I received my call.

"Mr Ford - your test results came back. All levels are back to normal and everything looks fine. That's great news. The Doctor would like you to follow up in six months..."

The uncertainty of the last 30plus days have been nuts. Thankfully, whatever the issue was - the antibiotics cleared it up.. But just having the talk - the possibility - the realization of my mortality... it gave me a much stronger appreciation for those who's test results weren't quite as positive and made me realize that we never know what each day will bring and how one event can completely change your perspective on the world about us.
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That is all Ia m going to say about that ...

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Holy Crap, Rich.
You almost gave me heart attack- until I read that it all came back fine.

Glad to know you're ok.

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glad to hear the positive results.
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Glad it came back okay!!!!

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If something happens that the big 'C' comes back, can I have Kickrunners??

Please.


Glad you're not dead.

"Listen, kiddo. I'm trying to be patient. Try to keep up, alright sweet potato?"
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Yay for antibiotics!
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{{{satfix's prostate}}} That wuz scary!!
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If something happens that the big 'C' comes back, can I have Kickrunners??

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Glad you're not dead.
Already written in my will..

yeah, I'm glad I'm not dead too!
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Huh? That doesn't sound right. How does an antibiotic clear an elevated PSA?

Did you get a digital exam? Anything other than a PSA? Antibiotics could be interfering with the assay of the test and not actually fixing you.

Plus, you could simply have BPH, which would elevate the PSA and NOT be cancer.

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Oh man! That sounds scary. That kind of waiting for results is ... well, you know.

I'm glad you're okay!
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Already written in my will..

yeah, I'm glad I'm not dead too!
See that everyone!!!

Once Rich is gone, all you little bitches are going to pay!!!



And seriously, stay away from the health scares dude.

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Huh? That doesn't sound right. How does an antibiotic clear an elevated PSA?

Did you get a digital exam? Anything other than a PSA? Antibiotics could be interfering with the assay of the test and not actually fixing you.

Plus, you could simply have BPH, which would elevate the PSA and NOT be cancer.

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I dunno.. but prior to his testing, I'd spent hours on line researching this - and all of the major sites discussing Prostrate Cancer and elevated PSA's suggested exactly what he did.

Blood Test for Free PSA and if that came back uncertain - 30 days of antibiotics and then retest.

He didn't say BPH was the issue, though my prostrate is slightly larger than normal - and it has been since my last physical... I guess if it continues he may choose to put me on something for that...

I just wasn't looking forward to the biopsy - which would have been the next step had the test results were still high/undetermined...
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Dude, I'm happy for you. I know you've been worried about something.

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It's that little step into the unknown - kinda makes life sweeter when you get to step back. Glad the news was good, or it could have been "Sat-fixed". Take care.

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Great news.

I had mine biopsied last year for a similar issue. Not sure what would be worse, waiting 30 days or having the biopsy.

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Whew.
Very good news, and a very stressful waiting period.

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So happy all is well.

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I dunno.. but prior to his testing, I'd spent hours on line researching this - and all of the major sites discussing Prostrate Cancer and elevated PSA's suggested exactly what he did.

Blood Test for Free PSA and if that came back uncertain - 30 days of antibiotics and then retest.

He didn't say BPH was the issue, though my prostrate is slightly larger than normal - and it has been since my last physical... I guess if it continues he may choose to put me on something for that...

I just wasn't looking forward to the biopsy - which would have been the next step had the test results were still high/undetermined...
Still not following the logic here. First let me say that I'm glad your numbers are lower, but the line isn't linear.

High PSA --> retest with free PSA --> results none diagnotic --> 30 days of ABX therapy --> PSA back to normal.

I would ask for a re-test in a month or so once the ABX have cleared your system. Depending on the methodology used in the assy of the test, the abx could interfere with the analyte being tested. Some drugs bind with the reagents and cause false lows.

I'm not saying this is what's going on, and I hope that I am 100% wrong, but I would get re-tested in a bit just to make sure.

Then again, I'm sure the doc knows what they are doing. They see this all the time.

May your stream be forceful and leave you empty.

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Still not following the logic here. First let me say that I'm glad your numbers are lower, but the line isn't linear.

High PSA --> retest with free PSA --> results none diagnotic --> 30 days of ABX therapy --> PSA back to normal.

I would ask for a re-test in a month or so once the ABX have cleared your system. Depending on the methodology used in the assy of the test, the abx could interfere with the analyte being tested. Some drugs bind with the reagents and cause false lows.

I'm not saying this is what's going on, and I hope that I am 100% wrong, but I would get re-tested in a bit just to make sure.

Then again, I'm sure the doc knows what they are doing. They see this all the time.

May your stream be forceful and leave you empty.

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Thanks for the input.. I will discuss with my GP and will share with him what you suggested. Do you have a site to which you can refer me that would explain what you just said. I'd rather refer him to the site instead of, "This guy on my runners site...."

and AMEN to your 'blessing'!!!

edited to add that 'Pete' is really ME! (satfix).. it's my test account to test permissions for the different modules...
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I'm a Medical Technologist (Stupid name for a lab rat) and I analyze PSA's all the time. The list of interfering substances is 10 pages long.

They know that. I think. Now that I think about it, they may not know, why would they? (They being physicians.) I think the report has a disclaimer on the bottom that lists some interfering substances. I'll check and get back to you.

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Wow dude. Glad all is well.

I had a breast biopsy a few years ago....and I only had to wait a few days for the "all clear." I can't imagine what you went through.







And don't look now, but Ilene is getting rather close to Rich Jr. there.
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Phew Rich. I'm glad things appear to be resolved.

From personal experience...I know how awful it is to get the referral. Even at 13...I knew.

Walk in Clinic Doc: "Weeeell, it might be mono, but you should be seen by your pediatrician."

Pediatrician: "Weeeeell, it might be mono, but you should be seen by an oncologist."

Oncologist: "Weeeell, it might be mono, but we want to do a biopsy on that lymph node and make sure...because mono doesn't usually present itself that way."

Me at 13: "oh. But it's not cancer, right?"

Wrong.

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