Originally Posted by Pennybug
I had my first hormone shot of 3 (9 month) six weeks ago and am so tired and depressed I don't know what to do.. I am thinking of quitting them and getting my life back..My wife and family are so discouraged with me but I have 2 more to go and radiation coming up in March . I just felt so good until this welcome to medicare found my Pc through tests and now I am not the same person. The shots have changed me from a happy ,feel good guy to a tired, hungry, always moody grump with allergy issues which I am convinced r caused from the shots also.. The hot flashes are really bad and I constantly get dizzy and feel faint I don't want to let my family down but am considering just letting the pc take it's course. Has anyone ever done this/ or felt this way? Please tell me I am not alone in this.
Penny, You are not alone.
There are many guys in similar situation and even with must higher PSA levels (above 45) and Gleason grades (above 4), which have done well with treatments similar to yours. This does not come free of symptoms and one must be prepared to endure the side effects.
All therapies got its risks and side effects which you should be aware of. In some patients these tend to be more acute than in others, but the majority of the symptoms can be handled with separated medications and changes in the life style.
You have not shared with us other information regarding your status (age, pathologist’s clinical stage or other tests results). In any event, hang in there because better times will come. HT symptoms are related to the low testosterone in your body. After treatment and once the effect of the drugs end, you may start feeling better as before.
Diets and physical fitness are working well for me in countering HT. I have taken 3 shots of Eligard (6-month) since November 2010. My last third shot have not set in yet as symptoms are not felt yet as they used to. However, up to now the side effects from HT have been numerous but mild. Some may be present but unnoticed. Fatigue has set in since the start and it has been annoying. I “puff” a lot when golfing (that gives me at least an excuse for the score). Muscle is there but I gained a fatty belt which could be due to age and my relax type of living. Testicles are smaller (allows the other thing to look bigger) however sex is still there. Some nights I wake up three to four times to pee.
The typical “hot flashes” and “mood swings” come and go momentarily occasionally. My red-face and sweat is mild but it is embarrassing when in conversation with strangers.
I have not taken any medicine to counter the effects yet. I believe that my daily regimen of physical exercise (7km walking my dog, gardening, golf, etc.) and a change in some habits (dinner earlier, bed time latter, Mediterranean diets, etc) are helping for the positive side.
Some guys with hypogonadism experience unbearable symptoms and should take measures to improve conditions. TRT with patches are recommended. You should consult your doctor about the problem and discuss such possibility in the overall of your treatment.
I hope you find a way to overpass the present conditions and finish the treatment with success.