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Apr 27, 2018 · Ostomy: Adapting to life after colostomy, ileostomy or urostomy in Digestive Health

Hello. I'm not yet a member of the "club", but I am scheduled for bladder removal on June 6th – DaVinci surgery because of a high grade carcinoma.
My urologist and oncologist both recommended the exterior bag approach, saying that the procedure for a substitute bladder has many problems.
I had been hopeful that the cancer could be removed without total removal of the bladder. The biopsy revealed aggressive invasion of the lamina propria,
but stated that the tumor abuts the smooth muscle, but does not show definite invasion into the muscularis propria. I thought this could result in a less
serious surgical approach, but my doctors both said removal was necessary, because of squamous differentiation.
I will return to this site after my bladder removal, but welcome any comments in the interim.
Ed Barnas

Apr 21, 2018 · Bladder Cancer: High grade in Cancer

I have been diagnosed with high grade bladder cancer, with recommended bladder removal. I would like to know whether the odds of survival are high enough without such drastic surgery, which has been defined as quite risky.

Jan 9, 2017 · CAUSE OF RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS in Bones, Joints & Muscles

ON 12/9, I HAD FOOT SURGERY. BEGINNING ABOUT A WEEK LATER, CONTINUED TO RUN A FEVER, OFTEN OVER 100, HAD A DRY, HARSH COUGH (NO COLD OR FLUE) AND A VERY RUNNY NOSE. THEN, STARTING THE 2ND WEEK, I BEGAN HAVING SERIOUS JOINT PAINS. THESE HAVE CONTINUED UNABATED, GROWING STRONGER EACH DAY, UNTIL NOW THEY ARE ALMOST UNBEARABLE. MY PRIMARY CARE DOCTOR HAS CONCLUDED THAT I HAVE RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS – HE PRESCRIBED A STRONG DOSE OF PREDNISONE FOR SEVEN DAYS, WHICH ORIGINALLY GAVE STRONG RELIEF – HE THEN SWITCHED TO A DAILY DOSE, WHICH IS 1/6 OF THE STRONGER DOSE – THIS MITIGATES SOME OF THE PAIN FOR ABOUT TEN HOURS – THE REST OF THE DAY, I SUFFER GREATLY. I DON’T KNOW WHY THE DOCTOR HAS NOT TAKEN STRONGER STEPS TO STOP THE PAI.
I AM GREATLY CONFUSED AS TO WHY I SHOULD SUDDENLY CONTRACT THIS DEBILITATING DISEASE, ESPECIALLY IN SUCH AN APPARENTLY ADVANCED STAGE. I HAVE CONSIDERED THE POSSIBILITY THAT IT COULD HAVE BEEN CAUSED BY MY USE OF CARVEDILOL, WHICH I HAVE BEEN TAKING FOR ABOUT NINE MONTHS (TO CORRECT AN EJECTION FRACTION ISSUE). I WAS ORIGINALLY ALSO PUT ON SPIRONOLACTONE, BUT THIS LATTER DRUG WAS STOPPED, BECAUSE I HAD BEEN EXPERIENCING JOINT PROBLEMS (NOTHING LIKE MY CURRENT PAINS).
I WAS ALSO PREVIOUSLY FOUND TO BE ALLERGIC TO AMLODIPINE.
CAN THE CARVEDILOL BE THE CAUSE OF MY PROBLEMS? ALSO, WHAT OTHER STEPS COULD BE TAKEN TO DIMINISH THE CURRENT PAINS, AND HOPEFULLY STOP THE PROGRESS OF THE ARTHRITIC CONDITION