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Re: I feel good!!

Hi Terry,

It's been great reading that latest PSA result. Yessss! You'll make the 20yr milestone no problemo!

What struck me was the fact you mentioned your periods of "sadness, not quite depression".
I have hesitated for a few months to mention that this same "downer" mood hit me in early December.
Quite frankly, I am ashamed and embarrassed to confess it.

I had a repeat appointment with an endocrinologist soon after I felt down before Christmas, and one of his very first questions was "Do you feel depressed?". I guess he immediately recognised I wasn't my normal cheerful self.

Soon after thatI had my oncology review, and, of course the onco is delighted at my results since stopping all meds back in September. So, I told him how bleak my mood was and asked "Why NOW?" I just can't understand how I fought like crazy these last 3 years, and now I see good results my mood sinks! It doesn't make sense to me at all.

He responded that it was similar to a kind of battle fatigue. Well, I'm not sure. I have tried and tried to get my zest for life sparking again but have now decided to ask for medical help from my local doc.

He did give me some anti-depressants (SSRIs) 3 weeks ago, but the dose was so low as to make absolutely no difference to me. I see him again tomorrow and will ask for a higher doseage.

About 8 yrs ago I went through a very dark period, and SSRIs got me through it well. I only needed a few months on them, so I'm hoping the same will happen this time.

Does anyone else think that all this hormone manipulation we've gone through plays havoc with our emotions?

Warmest Wishes,



Re: Re: I feel good!!


Your saying “ Quite frankly, I am ashamed and embarrassed to confess it [your downers].” demonstrates just what the main issue is with us men. We won’t admit to these feelings because we feel it shows a weakness and men can never, ever do that. Cowboys don’t cry, we recall from our childhood onward. And since most of the doctors we see are men, we can’t admit these feelings to another man, who wouldn’t understand anyway – and if we see one of the relatively few women urologists or oncologists, well…. We couldn’t show a woman our feminine side. Dr Charles “ Snuffy” Myers, well known to many men with prostate cancer says depression is the most under-diagnosed side effect of cancer treatments, and especially of ADT (Androgen Deprivation Therapy).

From what I’ve read of the few men who do discuss this forbidden topic from time to time, the biggest single problem (apart from the emotional roller coaster we go on) is a lack of testosterone. This sees some men taking testosterone supplements and reporting amazing increases in energy level and ‘feeling good.’ Needless to say, of course there are enormous differences of opinion as to the wisdom of this step, but…… certainly works for some men and there is no sign, from what they say of the supplements fuelling any progression.

I am fortunate in some ways in that I have a slight tendency to bi-polar behaviour, which has seen me suicidally depressed on two occasions in the past. I say I am fortunate because those incidents made me very aware of the precursor to changes in mood and I can thus avoid heading down the awful spiral into the pit of despair that is true depression. The key, for me, is to force myself to do things, to have exercise, to get the endorphins flooding my system, not to allow myself to sink into lethargy, hard though that is initially. The point that Phred makes about his glass being half full rather than half empty is another key – difficult to do when on the slippery slope, but essential.

Hope you get out of your hole, George and recover your amazingly positive outlook on life. I am sure that many people have been given a boost in their energy levels and will have been inspired by your tale and the never say die attitude you exhibit.

All the best,

in Australia

Re: I feel good!!

George asks ...

"Does anyone else think that all this hormone manipulation we've gone through plays havoc with our emotions?"


I took my last Lupron injection at the beginning of December and I can tell the difference already. The hot flashes are about gone and my spouse tells me that my "moods" are much better now.

Couple that with having just completed five weeks of radiation two weeks ago, I feel much better about all this stuff.

Now, if I could just delete four simple words from my vocabulary (frequency/urgency/pain/burning) life would be fantastic. Maybe in time.

Congratulations Terry ... good stuff to hear and I'm not too full of glee to realize that the "PSA anxiety" will be my constant companion for the rest of my life.

But right now my glass is half full, not half empty.

Re: I feel good!!

Was going to call you to hear the results. Your good news saved me a Skype. Hang in there


Re: I feel good!!

Thank you all, my friends.

Food for thought in those replies. I must admit, I guess I even feel a little better for actually coming out and admitting the depression.

I could best describe my feelings as being a "crisis of confidence" and I am longing now to get that confidence back into my life.

The doc did give me the higher dose SSRIs so I should see a big difference in a few weeks.

In the meantime I'm doing my best to kick my own ass on a daily basis.

Good luck and warrmest wishes to you all,