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    Jerky movements after morphine

    My dad is a stage 4 prostate cancer patient, with bone metastates. He has had a lot of treatment including 10 cycles of docetaxel, orchiectomy (castration), and abiraterone. His PSA has been steadily climbing and condition declining - to the point where he cant walk and is fatigued and just wants to sleep and has lot of muscle loss (cachexia).
    He started complaining of severe back pain again this week, that's when we started morphine. My dad is on https://www.drugs.com/mtm/duragesic-50-skin-patch.html - and since yesterday he is having jerky movements each time he sits. It feels like there are spasms or jerky movements that are involuntary. He doesn't realize it's happening and has a "shock" for a few seconds when he doesn't really know what happened. Doesn't look like a seizure as he's OK otherwise and is not droopy. We just started morphine this week.
    Has anyone else experienced these jerky movements? Is it related to spinal cord pressure from tumor progression? Or is it seizure?

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    Hi there,

    I'm going to move your post over to the Prostate Cancer forum so that it gets more attention from those among us who might have some direct experience or knowledge in this area.

    EDIT: Just realized I cannot transfer this thread to the PC forum. So I would suggest that you repost your questions into that forum so that it will get more attention and help for you.

    Wishing your dad the best!
    July 2011 local PSA lab reading 6.41 (from 4.1 in 2009). Mayo Clinic PSA 9/ 2011 = 5.7.
    Local uro DRE revealed significant BPH, no lumps.
    PCa Dx Aug. 2011 age of 61.
    Biopsy DXd adenocarcinoma in 3/20 cores (one 5%, two 20%). T2C.
    Gleason 3+3=6. CT abdomen, bone scan negative.
    DaVinci prostatectomy 11/1/11 at Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN), nerve sparing, age 62.
    Surgeon was Dr. Matthew Tollefson, who I highly recommend.
    Final pathology shows tumor confined to prostate.
    5 lymph nodes, seminal vesicules, extraprostatic soft tissue all negative.
    1.0 x 0.6 x 0.6 cm mass involving right posterior inferior, right posterior apex & left
    mid posterior prostate. Right posterior apex margin involved by tumor over 0.2 cm length,
    doctor says this is insignificant.
    Prostate 98 grams, tumor 2 grams.
    Catheter out in 7 days. No incontinence, minor dripping for a few weeks.
    Eight annual post-op exams 2012 through 2019: PSA <0.1
    Semi-firm erections without "training wheels," usable erections with 100mg Sildenafil.
    NOTE: ED caused by BPH, not the surgery.


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