Several weeks ago in my video post ‘Results‘, I revealed to you my health status and what is next with regards to my care. I indicated in that video I would undergo the Radical Cystectomy surgery scheduled for January 5th, 2017.
Prior to leaving on our cruise December 11th, I already had a scheduled appointment with my Urologist Dr. P. to discuss the details of my upcoming surgery – more about that appointment later in this post.
After returning from my Thanksgiving trip to Texas and prior to leaving on our cruise, I started having pains in my abdominal region that I had not experienced before. I also was feeling more discomfort from the ureteral stent that currently is inserted from my right kidney to my bladder. I felt the pains I experienced to be tolerable and left for the cruise ready for some fun in the sun and sea. I currently take medications for several different reasons, but have not been taking pain medications for quite some time. Gary, the proactive person he is did bring my pain medication ‘just in case’ – thank you Gary!
The pain and discomfort increased to the point I began having problems walking, sitting, standing and laying. I had to start taking the pain pills, several of them a day and tried my best to enjoy the cruise. Upon the cruise returning to port, we made an overnight stop at Gary’s brother in Orlando and preceded to his younger brother’s home near Pensacola. All during this time the pain continued as did the pain medication.
Also upon our return, I had a voicemail waiting for me indicating my surgery date is moved to January 16th, 2017.
Yesterday, I had my scheduled appointment with my Urologist Dr. P. to discuss my upcoming surgery. The appointment instead was to deal with my current abdominal pains I have experienced the past couple of weeks. Dr. P. ordered blood work and a CT Scan which came back with good results and nothing new with regards to my cancer. It was determined that the abdominal pains could be related to a prostate infection.
From mayoclinic.org –
Prostatitis is swelling and inflammation of the prostate gland, a walnut-sized gland situated directly below the bladder in men. The prostate gland produces fluid (semen) that nourishes and transports sperm.
Prostatitis often causes painful or difficult urination. Other symptoms include pain in the groin, pelvic area or genitals and sometimes flu-like symptoms.
Prostatitis affects men of all ages but tends to be more common in men 50 or younger. The condition has a number of causes. Sometimes the cause isn’t identified. If prostatitis is caused by a bacterial infection, it can usually be treated with antibiotics.
Depending on the cause, prostatitis can come on gradually or suddenly. It might improve quickly, either on its own or with treatment. Some types of prostatitis last for months or keep recurring (chronic prostatitis).
I received an injection yesterday of antibiotics and 10 days of pills to treat this infection. I also received a higher dose of pain medication to help with the discomfort I am currently experiencing.
I have a follow-up appointment with my Urologist Dr. P. next Tuesday to discuss the details of my upcoming surgery.