migsoon's Journey with Prostate Cancer

Survivor: Prostate Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment more than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: about 13 years ago, Male, Age: 75

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    • migsoon
    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Radiation

    Side effects include radiation proctitis which I have had surgically repaired several times.I still have episodes of bleeding and itching plus severe muscle spasms and fecal leakage. I have a portable electro stimulator that does wonders for the spasms, but it can't be worn anyplace which locks me down for over an hour 3-6 times a day when the spasms are bad. I have lidocaine ointment for topical application, neomycin and cortisone suppository compound that I use twice a day when it's bad, and I take narcotics for the pain and valium for the muscle spasms as needed. There apparently isn't a free cure for this, and I'm to poor to consider "options". I can't afford specialists anymore as I have a bad form of medicare called humana gold plus that barely covers the basics. We lost the home and did chapter 7, and we are both 70 now.

    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • migsoon
    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Decision Point

    Is it just me, or has there been an overall movement by medical professionals to place people over 70, on Medicare or some "health plan" like "Humana Gold Enhanced" to treat you like a second class citizen? Reason I ask is because of my experiences as a patient when I had private health insurance and a good paying job as opposed to having this insurance plan which pays the medical people at a much lower rate. I waited over an hour to see a physician I used to get in to see in minutes. I had to leave as I ran out of time. I still have a life and a job. If I can't hang on to the latter,the other won't matter. Also sent a FAX to a specialist I have been a patient for several years. Never received a response... I would change Dr.s but why? I don't believe my insurance would allow it anyway.

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    • migsoon
    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Side Effects

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