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by Ralph
Fri Dec 24, 2004 12:31 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Vas Deferens Calcifications
Replies: 15
Views: 806

Good point. We've strayed off topic. My original idea was to question if vas deferens calcifications can cause painful ejaculation which some CP sufferes experience. The answer is probably not.
by Ralph
Thu Dec 23, 2004 10:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Vas Deferens Calcifications
Replies: 15
Views: 806

I honestly don't know, but most Uros think it has little clinical significance. I'm just over sensitized when I see it and it is common, but then so is CPPS. There are a few fringe docs that make a living treating calcifications. If it really was the answer, I think we would know by now. I have not ...
by Ralph
Thu Dec 23, 2004 1:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Vas Deferens Calcifications
Replies: 15
Views: 806

Re: Vas Deferens Calcifications

Isn't that a fairly common benign and asymptomatic finding in diabetics? I was always taught that when you see that on a KUB you thought diabetes first and GU tuberculosis second. Maybe its more readily apparent on a KUB than a CT scan, but I have sure seen it often, especially in diabetics with re...
by Ralph
Wed Dec 22, 2004 11:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Vas Deferens Calcifications
Replies: 15
Views: 806

I've read a bunch of stuff about prostatic calcifications. I'm still not sure there is any relationship to CP, but I haven't seen much about vas calcifications specifically related to chronic pain. I think many asymptomatic people have prostate calcifications. I also know I'm not asymptomatic and ha...
by Ralph
Wed Dec 22, 2004 10:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Vas Deferens Calcifications
Replies: 15
Views: 806

Vas Deferens Calcifications

I saw a CAT scan today on a patient looking for kidney stones. The vas deferens were extensively calcified. They looked like two white tubes several inched in length. I've been looking at CAT scans for twenty years and have never seen such extensively calcified vas deferens. I decidied to do a littl...
by Ralph
Mon Dec 20, 2004 4:58 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Confusion on studies
Replies: 6
Views: 270

The only thing more contradictory than medical studies is politics. There are at least half a dozen published papers in good peer review journals that support any medical theory about anything.
by Ralph
Wed Dec 15, 2004 12:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Complete remission
Replies: 10
Views: 1104

Yes. Read the success stories. Plus: don't forget you naturally read about only the most refractory cases on forums like this one, because the inhabitants are the most frustrated and desparate. My hunch is that quite a large percentage of people ultimately recover completely from CPPS: maybe even 9...
by Ralph
Wed Dec 15, 2004 4:45 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Complete remission
Replies: 10
Views: 1104

I've had complete remissions dozens of times. Unfortunately it keeps coming back. :sad:
by Ralph
Mon Dec 13, 2004 1:58 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Q-Urol takes Off!
Replies: 19
Views: 1303

Are there any clinical trails done with Q-Urol as there has been with Prosta-Q?
by Ralph
Sat Dec 11, 2004 12:51 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Extreme Flare up
Replies: 20
Views: 1461

Thought I'd add the following to the discusion because it may help. If you take narcotics, a side effect is constipation which can make CP much worse. I've found Metamucil works extremely well, but I have to use the regular or original flavor which tastes like sand. The orange flavored Metamucil act...
by Ralph
Fri Dec 10, 2004 1:41 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Extreme Flare up
Replies: 20
Views: 1461

The max dose for Tramadol is 400mg per day. It sounds as if you've reached that. There are other medications which are stronger for severe pain. Ask your doc about your options. You could also try some antispasmatics such as Pyrimidine. As for sleep, it's important to be well rested. Pain is better ...
by Ralph
Tue Mar 23, 2004 1:52 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Cyst like mass that comes and go's
Replies: 4
Views: 275

Sounds like you may have a varicocele. Dilated viens which distent when you bare down (valsalva). Another possibility is an epidydimal cyst, but that won't go away, it would be there all the time. Stand up, take a deep breath and strain. The "cyst" should be obvious if it's a varicocele. Other possi...
by Ralph
Sun Mar 21, 2004 4:52 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Muscle Relax Time
Replies: 20
Views: 1107

Yes, your doctor can write for Fentanyl, assuming he has a DEA number which I'm sure he has. It's addicting like any other narcotic, maybe even more so; very potent and effective. They work very well for people with intractable chronic pain. It keeps a steady stream of Fentanyl delivered to the body...
by Ralph
Sun Mar 21, 2004 12:39 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Muscle Relax Time
Replies: 20
Views: 1107

Pain management is a specialty unto itself. There are many alternatives and aggressive treatments such as a Fentanyl patches. Something like this requires you to see a pain specialist. Which is better, being in pain all the time or addicted to a drug? As long as you are under the care of a good phys...
by Ralph
Sat Mar 20, 2004 4:07 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A question about valium
Replies: 1
Views: 237

It will actually be more effective if you take it sparingly. Your body will quickly build up a tolerance. You are right about valium accumulating over time. It has long acting metabolites which are cleared slowly from the body. They will build up if you take Valium everyday, but that isn't neccessar...