Hot Flashes

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Hot Flashes

by Ericcosh on Tue Nov 07, 2017 05:00 PM

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I had a 6 month injection of Lupron on January 19th of this year. It’s now November 7th, and my hot flashes are just as bad as ever, if not worse. My doctor did tell me not to expect the effects to wear off in 6 months, but I’m not in my 10th month. I’m not going to say that if I had it to do over I wouldn’t have taken the shot, because I’m now cancer free with a PSA number of 0.1 from 15.7 before external radiation began on April th 2017 and ended on June 8th. That was 45 radiation treatments so it worked for sure. Would it have worked without Lupron? I don’t know, but the side effects of Lupron really suck. I’m 79 and I always watched my PSA since my brother who is 3 years older than I had his prostate removed by Dr. Walsh when he was 58. He’s also cancer free. I had my first biopsy in 2008 when my PSA was around 5. It came up negative. I had another one in like 2012 and another in 2016. All were negative by my PSA kept climbing. I opted for an MRI and that found the cancer. My Gleason numbers were: 2-6’s, 2-7’s, and one 8. With just one 8, you’re automatically considered a Stage 2B. My advice to any male is NOT to have a Biopsy. Have an MRI, then if it’s there, they’ll know how to find it.

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by DawnSylvester on Thu Nov 09, 2017 03:04 PM

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My dad just had his first Lupron shot after being Cancer free for 10 years, after a prostatectomy.

For 10 years his PSA score was 0. Since he doesn't have a prostate this would make sense.

In the last year the PSA went up to 15, and with every test you can imagine...the cancer does not show up to be in bones, lymph, organs or near the site.

So, he just had his first Lupron shot and at 82 (but lives anda acts like a 60 year old with activity, adventure and lifestyle) he is having severe hot flashes and is tired very often. His doctor will check PSA level in 2 months and decide if he should do another shot right away, or wait.

Love to hear people's experiences with Lupron AFTER prostatectomy.

Anyone with any natural remedies or that has 

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by lavis007 on Thu Nov 09, 2017 04:04 PM

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I also had Lupron shots to treat Prostate Cancer. I too the shots every 3 months for two years.

The Hot Flashes were a real irritation.

The only thing that I could find to help, was to buy a very small fan, from Amazon.

I carried the fan, from room to room, and when I slept.

It really did help.

Good Luck, it does finally go away.

Ralph

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by DawnSylvester on Thu Nov 09, 2017 04:16 PM

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Thank you Ralph. May you live long and strong!

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by Ericcosh on Thu Nov 09, 2017 05:33 PM

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Hi Dawn. Has your Dad had an MRI? If not, then I would ask my Urologist why? As far as energy, I too have always had an energic life style. I still ride my bike 10 to 12 miles everyday, but the Radiation and the Lupron really kicks your butt energy wise. They say, that will come back with time.

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by DawnSylvester on Thu Nov 09, 2017 05:59 PM

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Yes he has. So they say the "cancer" cells are somewhere floating around, even though they don't show up anywhere other than in a PSA test..

He is a dynamic man and exercises regularly, he and my mom just moved into a 3,500 Sq ft condo that they are re-doing (my dad is a retired architect) and they have 3 trips scheduled over the next year....2 relaxation, one a riverboat cruise to Europe. Nothing holds him down.

Best of health to you! Thanks for the reply.

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by Ericcosh on Thu Nov 09, 2017 06:14 PM

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Thanks Dawn. Hard to believe that the two of us have reached this age and still feel and act like we're very young and healthful individuals. I used to be in the folk group The New Christy Minstrels that I'm sure your Mom and Dad were aware of. I left them in 1966. Kenny Rogers came into the group shortly after I left and I knew him before. Tell him to "keep the faith" and everything will be fine.  Warmly, Eric Dennis Cosh

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by genemyers on Fri Nov 10, 2017 05:02 AM

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So here are some suggestions for dealing with hot flashes.  For some men it is a big problem affecting their quality of life, for others it is a minor nuisance where no treatment is needed.

Acupuncture twice a week has been shown to reduce hot flashes.

The dietary supplement Sage at 280 mg/day for 4 weeks can reduce hot flashes. Another supplement with some reported activity is Black Cohosh.

The most effective treatment for severe hot flashes is a progesterone injection from your doctor which can dramatically reduce hot flashes. One shot can work for 6-12 months.

Also effective is a low dose of Effexor, which is an anti-depressant

Another very effective treatment is transdermal estradiol, but it can cause breast growth (it is estrogen).This side effect can be prevented.

Another drug sometimes give is Neurontin after other options have failed. 

I would try these options in this order, to determine what will or will not work in your particular case.

Best wishes

Gene

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by DeanGlaser on Sun Nov 19, 2017 04:37 AM

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On Nov 07, 2017 5:00 PM Ericcosh wrote:

I had a 6 month injection of Lupron on January 19th of this year. It’s now November 7th, and my hot flashes are just as bad as ever, if not worse. My doctor did tell me not to expect the effects to wear off in 6 months, but I’m not in my 10th month. I’m not going to say that if I had it to do over I wouldn’t have taken the shot, because I’m now cancer free with a PSA number of 0.1 from 15.7 before external radiation began on April th 2017 and ended on June 8th. That was 45 radiation treatments so it worked for sure. Would it have worked without Lupron? I don’t know, but the side effects of Lupron really suck. I’m 79 and I always watched my PSA since my brother who is 3 years older than I had his prostate removed by Dr. Walsh when he was 58. He’s also cancer free. I had my first biopsy in 2008 when my PSA was around 5. It came up negative. I had another one in like 2012 and another in 2016. All were negative by my PSA kept climbing. I opted for an MRI and that found the cancer. My Gleason numbers were: 2-6’s, 2-7’s, and one 8. With just one 8, you’re automatically considered a Stage 2B. My advice to any male is NOT to have a Biopsy. Have an MRI, then if it’s there, they’ll know how to find it.

I think urologists love lupron shots and the hot flash afteraffects we will endure. Their office (female ) staff giggle when you mention hot flashes in conversation.

On a serious note, lupron kills testosterone so the results are were estrogen present. We suffer menopause hot flashes and will until the day we end the shots. I have no problem "boiling to death" in a moments snap when the other alternative is dying. Small inconvenience to bother me.

Now lets talk sensitivity and emotions. Hardcore strong control is now nowhere to be found. Teary eyes are here to stay. Again no problem when death is the other choice.

We handle each day as win win, and wake up the next day appreciating life. Hope this gives you a better perception of what were all going thru.

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by Ericcosh on Sun Nov 19, 2017 12:42 PM

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On Nov 19, 2017 4:37 AM DeanGlaser wrote:

On Nov 07, 2017 5:00 PM Ericcosh wrote:

I had a 6 month injection of Lupron on January 19th of this year. It’s now November 7th, and my hot flashes are just as bad as ever, if not worse. My doctor did tell me not to expect the effects to wear off in 6 months, but I’m not in my 10th month. I’m not going to say that if I had it to do over I wouldn’t have taken the shot, because I’m now cancer free with a PSA number of 0.1 from 15.7 before external radiation began on April th 2017 and ended on June 8th. That was 45 radiation treatments so it worked for sure. Would it have worked without Lupron? I don’t know, but the side effects of Lupron really suck. I’m 79 and I always watched my PSA since my brother who is 3 years older than I had his prostate removed by Dr. Walsh when he was 58. He’s also cancer free. I had my first biopsy in 2008 when my PSA was around 5. It came up negative. I had another one in like 2012 and another in 2016. All were negative by my PSA kept climbing. I opted for an MRI and that found the cancer. My Gleason numbers were: 2-6’s, 2-7’s, and one 8. With just one 8, you’re automatically considered a Stage 2B. My advice to any male is NOT to have a Biopsy. Have an MRI, then if it’s there, they’ll know how to find it.

I think urologists love lupron shots and the hot flash afteraffects we will endure. Their office (female ) staff giggle when you mention hot flashes in conversation.

On a serious note, lupron kills testosterone so the results are were estrogen present. We suffer menopause hot flashes and will until the day we end the shots. I have no problem "boiling to death" in a moments snap when the other alternative is dying. Small inconvenience to bother me.

Now lets talk sensitivity and emotions. Hardcore strong control is now nowhere to be found. Teary eyes are here to stay. Again no problem when death is the other choice.

We handle each day as win win, and wake up the next day appreciating life. Hope this gives you a better perception of what were all going thru.

What a stupid insensitive reply Dean. First off, I’m probably older and have been through far more emotional and physical setbacks in my life than you have. I chose Lupron as an added insurance policy in addition to my 45 Radiation treatments. As for “hot flashes”, every male reacts differently to it’s severity. My brother in law who is 4 years younger than I am has been on Lupron for over 17 years and doesn’t experience the reactions that I have. Before you decide to write another reply to someone on this site, do us all a favor; Don’t. You say you have no problem “boiling to death” when the alternative is dying is just dead (no pun intended) WRONG. I decided on Lupron 3 months before starting radiation more as an insurance policy. Your last paragraph appears to have been written by a High School Senior as a pseudo term paper on death. Also Dean, for your information, Hot Flashes Don’t End on the day we end the shots. I had a 6 month shot on January 19th and it’s now November 19th and my “Hot Flashes” are just as bad now as they were before I started Radiation.
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