• Dizziness

    Asked by c1a1c1 on Monday, December 2, 2019


    My husband has Stage IV Prostate Cancer. His dizziness is thru the roof - he is on many medications including those for Afib, restless leg, and prostate cancer. He takes Eligard injections every 3 months. The cancer is advancing so he was just taken off Zytiga & Prednisone which no longer work and he is waiting approval for funding for Xtandi. The dizziness is getting worse, not better. He's had a 3 hour battery of vestibular testing and he does not have vertigo. The room is not spinning; he is dizzy. We keep checking with different doctors and pharmacists; The oncologist says "it's the cancer". There is no way to tweak his meds as he needs to be on what he is on. He spends the majority of his days in bed. Has anyone experienced this and how was it treated?

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Sorry for his problems. I can see how he would be dizzy with all of the drugs. I see this every now and then here. It's hard to tell which drug is causing it or if it's a combination of some. I get dizzy from low blood pressure but I don't take very many drugs and it's easy to know what is causing it. We hope he gets some relief.

      about 1 month ago
    • Nettie1959's Avatar

      Has he been checked for diabetes or inner ear infection?

      about 1 month ago
    • c1a1c1's Avatar

      Yes he had 3 hours of vestibular (ear) testing and does not have diabetes. Can you think of anything else?

      about 1 month ago
    • Scoofer's Avatar

      I don’t have any answers for you, but I think it helps to know that we are heard. I’m also stage IV prostate cancer patient (Gleason 5+4=9, castrate resistant) currently on Zytiga w/ Prednisone. They took me off Lupron Depot (Eligard) when my cancer mutated around that blockade and they then considered my cancer refractory. Statistically, my body could reject my current treatment any time in the next six months. They’ve already told me that I will not be given Xtandi (Enzalutamide) as I would fail it immediately. It will be clinical trials, or chemo for 18 months and then into hospice care. I haven’t experienced diziness, only increased frequency and severity of my hot flashes. God bless you as you move forward with all of this!

      about 1 month ago
    • c1a1c1's Avatar

      Scooter - his Zytiga worked for 19 months. He was told he will be on Eligard (similar to Lupron) for the rest of his life - every 3 months. His Gleason score was 9. Prostate removed in Nov 2014.
      How did they find your cancer had mutated around the Lupron blockade? One oncol. does not think Xtandi will work because it is in the same family of drugs as Zytiga but a 2nd and 3rd opinion have had very good results with Xtandi and suggested to try that before chemo. The 1st oncol. expects the PSA to lower and he would be able to get off chemo. His hot flashes are next to none.

      about 1 month ago

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