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Finished radiation and 6 month lupron what is next

taarph
Posts: 18
Joined: Aug 2012

I had my last radiation on October 3rd it is now the 18th.does anyone have any idea
how long the side effects last. Still have fatigue--poor sleep lots of disturbing dreams-
only sleep 2 hours max--many naps during the day.
slight burning .
of course all the ED problems. I just want to hear from others what experiences they have had.
I find that the more I learn the better I handle everything. All help would be appreciated

Taarph

ncobjim
Posts: 35
Joined: Nov 2010

I had radiation and 6 month Trelstar HT in 2010.
Never really had fatigue problems much. Had two 3 month shots of Trelstar.
After the 2nd shot in October 2010 i developed the sleep problems you are having.
It was very bad. Went thru 2 different sleeping pills. Ambien finally allowed me
to get maybe 5 hours a night which really felt good. It finally cleared up in March
of 2011 about 5 months after my second shot. Will be getting my 6 month PSA check
in 3 weeks. The nerves are back!

taarph
Posts: 18
Joined: Aug 2012

Thanks for the quick reply i am going to mention to urologist about sleep
problems Good luck with your six month psa please let me know how it is going
Taarph

taarph
Posts: 18
Joined: Aug 2012

Thanks for the quick reply i am going to mention to urologist about sleep
problems Good luck with your six month psa please let me know how it is going
Taarph

Samsungtech1
Posts: 350
Joined: Jan 2011

I had radiosurgery, radiation in high doses and about a month later started HT. shot every 28 days. First thought depression, random pain, nausea was from radiation, then thought HT, but finally settled on radiation. Lasted a few months. Now if anything happens it has to be HT.
When I was in the middle of the two items I seemed to sleep two hours and wake up then fall asleep, etc. all night long. Still do not know which one caused it. I sleep fine now, except for hot flashes at night. Do not have an answer for you because I really never figured it out.

Mike

ncobjim
Posts: 35
Joined: Nov 2010

My R/O advised that the sleep problems were probably from the HT.
I had finished the radiation about 1 month prior to the 2nd 3 month
HT shot. Did not have any sleep problems till that 2nd shot. Then
would sleep maybe 1-2 hours then wake up and never went back to sleep.
Was working full time so i was a mess after 2-3 weeks when i went back
for my R/O check up. She gave me sleeping pills which did not do much better.
After another month i was given the Ambien which did help.
Was not a good time. Hope i do not have to do again but you never know.

djs123
Posts: 102
Joined: Jan 2012

It sounds like my husband is in the same boat as you only he finished his IMRT in May and is currently still on Lupron (about 8 months). His RO said 3 months after radiation is complete a psa would be taken, results should be low, that's the only way to know if things are working. His psa reading in August was .05 very good.
However, he's since had a chest x-ray (due to coughs & fatigue) followed by a pet scan because of suspicion nodes found in his lungs and lymph nodes.
The cat scan and mri taken at time of diagnosis showed no involvement elsewhere, so we are praying the report merely indicates an infection of some sort.
As far as sleeplessness, my husband has not experienced that. He does have to get up about 4 times during the night to go to the bathroom and finds that when he has to go....he HAS to go. No accidents but he does wear a panti liner just in case.
I wish you good luck, it's a scary road.
God bless and keep us posted.

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