So I have been working with my second opinion Dr through the transition to Sprycel. While I feel much better than on Gleevec the Sprycel was causing chest pain and cough. This Dr put me on 50mg temporarily to see how I felt. So far so good, chest pain and cough are very minor now and in contrast to 100mg where I felt it all the time regardless of what I did or ate, I found that on 50mg I could trigger the side effects with certain foods, particularly salty foods. I also got a suggestion on the board to not take my pill at bed time and instead I take it with dinner and that has helped a lot. Old Dr wanted me at 100mg period. New Dr said he gave it some thought, based on experience, some additional research, and consultation with colleagues and he feels he could live with me at 80mg long term but not 50mg. He is bumping me up to 60mg and seeing how it goes over next few weeks. I guess I can't argue with that. If it gives me a problem he said to call and we would continue to "work on it" so at least he is flexible.
One thing that I was completely thrilled about is that the new Dr ran a PCR. This is of course a different lab, which happens to be on IS and they use a different control gene. He cautioned beforehand what I already knew that just because I was negative at the other lab it was very possible that I would not be negative at this lab. To my surprise my PCR was once again negative. This also comes on the heels of some irregular dosing (I had a two week break from Gleevec and was on again, off again with Sprycel at 100mg, sometimes taking every other day for a month or so). He said these results show that I have a "nice deep response". All of my other counts were perfectly normal as well.
So all in all very pleased. I started working out again last week and aside from some expected muscle soreness, I feel pretty good.
Next week I go for a second opinion on the Prostatitis from an actual expert on that condition. Hopefully I can get some good results there as well.
Hope everyone is doing well and feeling well........