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    Baroreflex failure years after radiation

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      I read about that online also. Actually my PCP had doubled my prescription back in June. The mail order company got right in June, but after that sent me 25 mcg. I definitely was having issues from that. PCP & I correct that to 50 mcg in December & I am doing much better. but I will still watch my BP, just in case. So you may be onto something Meyati.

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      Thank you all for your helpful input. I get my thyroid checked every few months (TSH) and have been on Synthroid since 1996. My issue is weird because there is no cause/effect at work. Last night my systolic reading went from 226 to 104 in 45 minutes, with no meds. I have had days where it can go as low as 70 and an hour later go to 195 or 200, then back down to 100 with no meds. I will post what I learn at the Cleveland Clinic later this month.

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      Thank you all for your helpful input. I get my thyroid checked every few months (TSH) and have been on Synthroid since 1996. My issue is weird because there is no cause/effect at work. Last night my systolic reading went from 226 to 104 in 45 minutes, with no meds. I have had days where it can go as low as 70 and an hour later go to 195 or 200, then back down to 100 with no meds. I will post what I learn at the Cleveland Clinic later this month.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Robotic assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy): I haven't had it yet, but the Dr. who will perform the surgery has sone over 3,000 of these procedures (Dr. Abaza in Columbus, OH), so I think I am in good hands. I will report later on how it goes.

    I had the procedure on August 19th and it went according to plan. Dr. Abaza told me the day after surgery that my prostate was the size of an orange when it should be the size of a walnut and that they had to stretch one of my incisions a bit to excise it successfully. The first 3 days were very difficult, with a great deal of pain, but I am now on the 4th day post surgery and have finally gotten my bowels working and look forward to getting my catheter removed tomorrow. That begins a separate healing process. One thing that I think is interesting is that I really felt as though I had been in a major car accident instead of localized surgery. I hurt everywhere. My shoulders, my arms and my ribs were all sore and when I massaged my ribs I felt tiny bubbles in the flesh. It was like microscopic bubble wrap. I had my wife feel it and she confirmed it for me. I have to assume that it was the gas that they used to inflate my abdomen for the surgery and that it permeated all of my muscles. It is a weird feeling. Other than that I am healing on schedule.

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    Oh No (Another cancer? Really?): My PSA jumped dramatically and I saw a Urologist who did a biopsy. It came back with a Gleason Score of 6 and I have chosen to have robotic surgery on August 19th. It was disheartening to find myself with another form of cancer after having beaten my tongue cancer. I feel as though I am up against my "sell by date". I know that isn't the same form of cancer and that many men have it, but still. Two cancers in two years? That sucks.